What the Los Altos police really uncovered in a 92 year old man’s Los Altos home

Bazooka
Toilet Bazooka of mass destruction

A Santa Clara County judge gave police permission to destroy a gun taken from a 92-year-old Los Altos man who accidentally fired the weapon while sitting down on the toilet.

Police got a call from Donald Weiler, who lives on Alicia Way in Los Altos, at midnight on May 5.

Weiler told police he had accidentally fired his gun, and that he was bleeding and didn’t know how badly had been hurt by the gunshot, according to papers filed by the city of Los Altos in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Aug. 16.

When police arrived, Weiler said he gotten up to go to the bathroom and had taken a .32-caliber handgun he slept with with him.  As he was sitting down on the toilet, the handgun fired according to the lawsuit.

Police said that Weiler seemed confused about why the gun had gone off and why he had taken it into the bathroom at all, according to court documents.

luckily, police found that Weiler had not been injured by the gunshot, but had been cut when the kickback from the gun firing knocked him backward.

Family said dementia to blame for accident

The court order said that when police called the Weiler family, they were told Weiler was in the early stages of dementia. So police took Weiler to a hospital to be evaluated by Doctor.

Court documents show that it wasn’t the first time police have been called to the Weiler’s house.

On Jan. 10, Weiler called police and said that someone was turning the lights on and off in his house. Police went to the house and found nothing, the lawsuit said.

On Feb. 17, Weiler call to say that he had been hearing suspicious noises outside his house for an hour, but police “determine the incident was unfounded”.

So May 5, police confiscated Weiler’s gun. They needed the court’s permission to destroy the firearm, because Weiler wouldn’t give concent.

On Aug. 21, a judge ruled that police could destroy the gun, because “the return of the subject weapon confiscated from (Weiler) on or about May 5, 2013 by the Los Altos Police Department would pose a danger to (Weiler) or another person.”
Los Altos police Chief Tuck Younis said his department supported the court’s decision. Weiler could not be reached for comment.

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Menlo Park City Council agrees to Pimp Vasquez’s ride with no increase in pay

Jeffrey Vasque Pimp RideThe Menlo Park City Council has approved a contract with the city’s seven police sergeants that keeps finding binding arbitration, a tool police detective Jeffrey Vasquez used to get his $160,000-a-year job back after he was arrested on-duty naked in a motel room with the hooker dress in a cat catsuit.

The council voted 4-1 in favor of the new agreement with Councilwoman Kristen Keith clearly opposed to keep the controversial arbitration process.

Vasquez got his job back, $188,000 in back pay, because he was able to appeal his firing to an outside arbitrator whose decision was final.

Keith said the process is flawed and that she wants the city to ditch binding arbitration, but the hot-button issue sparked a debate among her fellow council members who weren’t convinced the practice needs to go.

One-year deal

“I really think binding arbitration is broken and it needs to be removed,” Keith said regarding the new contract.” I don’t want to see binding arbitration in here.”

Even though the city may changes to its binding arbitration process, such as the option to use a retired San Mateo County judge when the two parties can’t agree on an arbitrator, Keith said the changes weren’t enough.

“It’s a step in a better direction…..but I don’t think it goes far enough,” she said.

Keith was the lone dissenter in the 4-1 vote to approve the one year contract, which didn’t include across-the-board pay raises but did maintain raises for longevity and promotions.

Councilman Rich Cline said removing something as big as binding arbitration takes time and negotiations.

“I don’t believe you come in with a sledge hammer and change, all of a sudden, decades of arbitration relationships with the union,” Cline said.

“You can have that opinion, but it is a fallacy, it doesn’t happen, you have to do this as a team, both parties have to be involved, if you don’t, you’re at an impasse….”

Politics of newspapers

“I know columnists and publishers don’t agree with that,” he added, alluding to Daily Post editor and publisher Dave Price’s Aug. 19, column calling on the city to get rid of binding arbitration,” but I think this is a good contract.”

Councilman Ray Mueller agreed with Cline and said he wasn’t going to let the “politics of newspapers” sway his decision.

Council members have known for more than a year that Vasquez used binding arbitration to get his job back, but apparently didn’t instruct their negotiators to bargain to remove the clause during that time period.

After the news of Vasquez’s is firing and rehire broke, Mayor Peter Ohtaki told the Post that binding arbitration was a concern.

While Keith wasn’t able to get her fellow council members to see it her way, she was successful in getting Mayor Peter Ohtaki to agree to a public hearing on binding arbitration.

“This is a one-year agreement, so it will give us a chance to, in collaborative fashion, look at alternatives and, potentially in a year from now, we can revisit this issue,” Ohtaki said.

The starting pay for sergeants in Menlo Park will be $108,146 under the new agreement, but in 2012 the average sergeant earned $176,675 when overtime pay is factored in.

In addition, sergeants receive full medical and dental, up to five weeks paid time off depending on how long they’ve worked for the city and the amount of retirement contributions.

When the contract first came before council on Aug. 20, Menlo Park resident an attorney Elias Blawie pointed out that benefit costs weren’t included in the contract. They still weren’t in the contract council voted upon Tuesday night.

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A Hechinger’s Summer

Little ray orig HD left 2013-01-06 13.31.01_edited-1Do you remember what it was like when you were seven and it was summer? Do you recall your child hood friends and what you did every day? I would go to sleep at night and being so anxious to play some more, that I would close my eyes and a moment later it would be morning.

I remember getting up to the sound of hearing kids playing out side, running out the front door with my bow and arrow in hand and sending an arrow two houses down, into the spears palm tree nearly missing their cat. Only then realizing I was still in my pajamas.

But on my block just across the street from me lived the Hechinger’s. Their yard was not just another yard to play in but it was like going to Disneyland, particularly, Tom Sawyers island. First it was so large that they rented out four other houses on the property. And in between those houses were the maids building and a huge rumpus room that became the pool house when they put in the pool, the first people on the block to have a pool.

In fact they had a pool before that but by the time I entered the scene it was full of trash. It was made of cement and built above ground just 16 by 6’ across and about 4’ high I never saw anything like before or since.Next to the pool was a pond with a water fall and a small bridge now all filled in with debris as Mr. Hechinger said one day, when we tried to revive it, “leave it alone we filled it in because it bred mosquitoes.” There were paths that went every which way and areas where there was nothing but fruit trees growing, you name it apricot, peach, apples and even a fig tree.

Next to that was the play yard with an old decrepit jungle gym that had seen better days, which over the summer would become many things depending on what popular motion picture or TV show was currently playing in the theaters or on TV. It became the Alamo when the movie Davy Crocket “King of the Wild Frontier” was playing and you would find us re-enacting it on that jungle gym. There were so many plastic cowboy and army men killed, disfigured and or melted in that yard that I believe even today if you went and dug around a little you would fine some plastic body parts still there.

Now the Hechinger’s were a family of 6. The oldest brother having already moved out having become an attorney. Albert the next oldest still living at home but in high school, then Joey a year younger than me and lastly Michael the most carrying and thoughtfulness of the bunch. They almost lost him one day while driving in their dads Cadillac. He was playing with the doorknob and the door opened and he nearly ended up in the street but for the fast work of their dad who reached around and grabbed him by the nap of the neck. Seat belts and rear door child locks had not been invented yet. They solved that problem by simply removing the rear door handles.

Albert was always trying to get Joey and me to fight. Joey was one of those kids that had to act tough and even though I was older and could probably beat him in a fight. But my best attribute, when in danger, was the ability to outrun anyone, even my dad, and I got pretty good at doing just that when in need. Later in Junior high and high school I led to me doing pretty good at track.

But one day while Albert was trying to get us to fight I used a notable cuss word, punched Joey in the nose and ran home. Weeks later when their new pool had been completed I returned. Only to be sent in to see Mrs. Hechinger, who did not want to hear anything about how Albert was trying to get us to fight. She just wanted an apology for the cuss word, which she reluctantly received.

One night though I was going to do a sleep over and Joey and I were going to stay in the building that used to house the live in maid and butler, who they no longer had on live in status. As the night progressed though I found it creepy to be in that room. The bed had been covered with hard plastic to protect it and every time you moved it would make noise. It also had the strange odor of Ivory soap and I could feel the presence of the people who had been their servants. They did not seem to be all that happy to live there and neither did I. I did not spend the night.

But the other memory I had about that particular building was about Henry, cousins to the Hechinger’s. He lived just across the street in a less then opulent house and the same age as Albert. He was taking the girl who lived in one of the Hechinger houses on a date. Dottie was quite attractive, well endowed and seemed like a pleasant enough person, but it was a pool date and it was after dark. As Albert, Joey, Michael and I quietly snuck through the maid’s quarters to have a peek we saw them in the pool embracing, kissing and generally gyrating.

Now for Joey, Michael and me, we just wanted to keep watching but for some reason this incensed Albert and before I knew it we were in the living room reporting what we saw to Mrs. Hechinger. Albert saying that they might be getting some sort of love juices in the pool water or something akin to that. Joey, Michael and I just want to go back and watch just a little bit longer.

But summer went like that, adventure after adventure. One day Michael and his cousin decided to make a parachute out of an old blanket and try it out by jumping off the roof. Even I thought that was a bad idea.

You could spend hours though in their yard walking the different cement paths that went from here to there and in between all kinds of fruit to eat and things to see. I would wonder what they were thinking when they designed the place, I never saw their parents ever eat a piece of fruit. The tennis court had also seen better days and now was not even good enough to ride bicycles on.

Then one day while Joey and I were sitting in the tree house we had made that previous summer in their fig tree and enjoying some figs, I looked over to the back house and there was a new family moving in with two attractive daughters, Shirley and Elaine and they were near my age.  In fact as luck would have it they would be going to Betsy Ross Elementary School with me.  And Elaine, the cutest of the two, would be in my class.

A strange feeling came over me that day though when I saw them move in. Because that house was the most dilapidated house I had ever seen.  And I just had this feeling of sympathy for her that she would have to live there. It was an old clapboard building that might have originally had a dirt floor and the foundation just laid on the ground. Some said it was once a chicken coop. They were so poor that they used old curtains for doorways.  It was the first of the houses to be torn down many years later.

Being the Italian stallion that I was I wanted to get to know them a little better. But Joey went into his show off mode and their mother stepped in and it was clear that was not going to happen. My sister and the older girls on the block though became friends and hung out with them, brought them food and old clothes as they were dirt poor. We only got messages of what was going on in there.

Apparently the mother was very cool and would make popcorn for the girls in a frying pan, the popcorn spilling over the stove. My popcorn also spills all over the stove even with the right pan. Now I always hated in the middle of summer to hear TV adds about going back to school, buying clothes and supplies. I just didn’t want to be reminded of summer ending and having to go back to Betsy Ross Elementary. But well, this summer was different. It was the first summer I was actually looking forward to going back to school because I new Elaine would be in my class.

California Supreme Court to Prosecute Santa Clara County Prosecutor Jay Boyarsky Maybe

The left hand knows what the right hand is doing?
In this case the left hand knew beyond all reasonable doubt what the right hand was doing.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s right-hand man won’t be punished yet if at all for “Flagrant misconduct” in the sentencing of a convicted sexual predator now that the California Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case.

The Supreme Court excepted the case after a court of appeal ruled that Chief Assistant District Attorney Jay Boyarsky engaged in a “pervasive pattern of misconduct”.

Ran the Palo Alto office

Boyarsky ran the DA’s North County office in Palo Alto for six years and is now the No. 2 in the DA’s office in San Jose.

He asked inappropriate questions and made improper arguments during the third psychiatric commitment hearing of Dariel Shazier, who was convicted in 1994 of performing sexual acts with teenage boys, a California appeals court ruled in December.

It was the second time Shazier’s sentencing had been reversed due to prosecutorial misconduct.

In his ruling, Judge Conrad Rushing blasted Boyarsky for asking jurors how they would tell friends, family and neighbors that they were responsible for freeing “a prolific child molester.”

Rosen told the Post (they won’t speak to us) that the state Attorneys General’s Office didn’t agree with the lower court’s ruling and decided to appeal to the higher court, which agreed in April to hear the case.

AG’s office fires back

The court of appeal “distorted the substantive standard for misconduct claims by ignoring material facts in order to infer the most damaging inference from the prosecutor’s comments,” Deputy Attorney General Bridget Billeter wrote in her petition to the Supreme Court.

The misconduct accusations against Boyarsky rose in 2010, shortly after Rosen was elected on a platform of tightening legal ethics in the office.

The Attorney General’s Office filed its final written argument on Aug.1 and the high court could rule within the next few months.

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The Next Google

The next GoogleIt is no longer appropriate for search to be under the thumb of private industry. It’s a critical part of the national infrastructure. So if I were a real pinko, I’d be advocating for the nationalization of Google, à la Chavez—but I’m not a real pinko.

Besides, the American people have already bought and paid for an ideal alternative to Google. That’s right: we have the means in hand to create a public, ad-free, totally fair and reasonably transparent search engine with a legal mandate to operate in the public interest, and most of the work is already done. We have also a huge staff of engineers to conclude what little remains on the development and deployment side.

Who are these American heroes, soon to be accepting the thanks of a grateful nation? Why, our fellow citizens, the software engineers and tech gurus and endless numbers of contractors of the NSA! Why don’t they make themselves useful and stop spying on everyone and instead, use all that computing power and archived information to make us a fair, fast, ad-free search engine?

They have a copy of the whole Internet, soon to be housed in their giant bunker in Utah!

It is already, apparently, equipped with the latest in search technology! It’s probably already better than Google.

Others make their case against Google on antitrust laws. It’s not illegal to have a monopoly. According to U.S. courts, it’s just not your fault that everybody loves your product! What’s illegal is using that power to do bad things, like suppress your own competition. This is why there are ongoing government investigations into Google’s anti-competitive business practices in the U.S., in Canada and in Europe.

Probes like these have so far tended to focus on Google’s preferential treatment of its own services over those of its competitors in Google search results. Which amounts to ignoring the elephant in the room: Google, with its 67% share of U.S. search traffic (sounds low, tbh), has a potential influence far beyond the industries in which it operates formally. At the moment, Google can legally use its power to make or break any business, or any politician, publication, or public figure it chooses, for any old reason it wants, provided that reason doesn’t fall foul of antitrust laws.

For instance, let’s suppose one of Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s friends were to open a new cafe in Mountain View: there is no legal proscription whatsoever against Google’s vaulting the Friends o’ Brin Cafe to the top of results on searches for “best cafe Mountain View.” Or even “best cafe.”

A close reading of Google’s ten “Core Principles” appears to suggest, but not quite guarantee, that Google won’t simply grant preferential treatment at its own discretion. The fact is, however, that it’s entirely up to them. Given the understandably secret nature of Google’s algorithms and other techniques for determining search results, it would be impossible to say whether or not this is in fact already happening.

Already companies live or die at the hands of Google. Any update to the Google Panda search ranking algorithm has rippling effects through the Internet. One thing that seems to be the case: older sites, with thousands of internal links and a deep history on the Internet, seem to be constantly downgraded. That’s bad news for some non-spam media companies that in part live off search traffic. Google results, in general, overweight newness. It is becoming more and more impossible to find relevant results older than three months.

As well, Google will tell you that active engagement with their product Google+ will be “beneficial” to any publisher as a whole, including in search. Publishers now ignore Google+ at their peril, whether it is relevant to their business or not.

But let’s take the real case of 23andMe.com, the “privately-held personal genetics company” whose CEO, Anne Wojcicki, is married to Sergey Brin. According to recent SEC filings, Google invested approximately $1.5 million in the company’s Series D round, and Google leases office space to the company. Here’s the current results for a search on the phrase “genetic testing”:

23andMe is the first paid result; the first result appearing below Wikipedia and the National Institute of Health is also 23andMe. If Ms. Wojcicki has privileged access to the inside scoop on how Google’s search rankings work (if!), or if Google merely wants to shoot her company’s links to the top of relevant searches, would that even contravene existing anti-trust laws?

Nope, according to James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the University of Maryland:

There is not any obvious law that this kind of favoritism would violate. It does favor one genetic testing company at the expense of another, but you’re right that this doesn’t directly suppress competition among search engines. I have seen arguments that this kind of favoritism is an antitrust issue, but the lack of direct injury to a competitor, and fact that Google is not itself competing in genetic testing, make that argument extremely tenuous. The argument is stronger for something like maps or social networking features, but there, Google can point to the obvious benefits to consumers of having a single integrated set of results.

In this article draft, I give a detailed analysis of whether one of the other testing companies could sue on the theory that Google is falsely claiming that it’s less relevant than 23andme. That’s a hard, though not completely impossible, case to make because the meaning of “relevant” is deeply ambiguous.

The final possibility would be an enforcement action by the FTC for deceiving consumers. If 23andme were owned by Google, a disclaimer would probably suffice to satisfy the FTC. It’s a little different where the connection is more attenuated. But because they’re primarily policing for hidden marketing, a clear disclosure of the relationship would be likely to satisfy them.

The potential for shenanigans is also problematic in view of Google’s cozy relationships with its VCs who, being invested in businesses other than Google, are liable to have a strong incentive to throw their weight around in Google’s search results. As matters stand right now, it would be perfectly legal for them to do so, and nearly impossible to detect.

A number of Google’s liabilities with respect to fairness are ably illustrated in “Can Google Be Trusted?,” a grimly amusing little slideshow from FairSearch.org, a group of businesses and organizations “fostering and defending competition in online and mobile search.” (Hilariously, the group counts the much-sued monopolist Microsoft among its members.)

I asked Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine some questions on this.

Would it be illegal for Google to disfavor competitors in their search results? Are they required to be impartial and if so, by what laws? What about blacklisting in search results for other reasons?

Maybe antitrust like they are getting hit for in Europe.

What do you think about the secret nature of the algorithm Google uses to produce the results? What do you think about the SEO world, these days?

It is not great. That company is becoming both the navigation and the publisher, which will make for conflicts of interest.

It would be great to let a hundred Googles bloom—but it is difficult to match them in search. They are on a roll.

But we don’t need a hundred Googles. Just one free, fair, intelligent and comprehensive one. All we need to do is permanently erase all the emails, phone calls and private correspondence illegally obtained by the NSA and then make their search technology and WWW archive available to the rest of us. We already own the information and the software and are paying the salaries of these engineers. It’s been entirely funded, after all, with insanity-making amounts of your tax dollars.

August 26th, 2013 Maria Bustillos is a journalist and critic in Los Angeles.

City of Palo Alto to implement soft plan itinerary on jailing the homeless

interiorgilkisonvanNow that the city of Palo Alto has ban car camping overnight camping at Cubberley Community Center, where many homeless stay the night, the next question is what will the enforcement look like?

The car camping ban goes into effect Sept. 19, though it won’t be enforced for 90 days, and the Cubberley ban is likely to begin Oct. 19.

How will police enforcement?

Palo Alto Chief Communications Officer Claudia Keith said that the city has not yet made any special plans for the days when the laws first going to affect, despite the possible difficulty of getting some homeless who have been living at the center for months or years to leave.

She added that the city is trying to let homeless campers who live at the center know that they have to leave through police and those who work for the city’s Downtown Streets Team, which organizes homeless volunteers to clean streets.

For the past four weeks, Palo Alto police have sent extra patrols to Cubberley to walk the grounds during the evening and night.

At a city Council Policy and Services Committee meeting on Aug.13, Capt. Ron Watson said that the city was spending $3,500 in overtime costs every week just on the Cubberley patrol.

At the same meeting, Watson said that over the past weeks, police had counted 30 homeless sleeping outside at the community center and 20 people camping in their cars.

But when Oct.10 rolls around, none of those people will be able to get into Cubberley to sleep, because the city will close the entrance to the parking lots between 10:30 p.m. and sunrise, according to Keith.

While the law to close Cubberley, as well as Lucie Stern Community Center, would go into effect exactly 31 days after being approved on Sept 9, the car camping ban will be phased in more slowly.

‘Grace period” planned

Beginning on Sept. 19, there will be a 60-day “Grace period,” when people who are still camping in their cars will only be spoken to by police, Keith said.

That will be followed by a 30-day time period during which car campers will be given warnings.  Soon after that, however, police will have the ability to cite both car campers and those who are found at the community centers with misdemeanors, which could result in as many as six months in jail and maximum $1,000 fine.

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Living in Vehicles Ordinance

Elysium

First-Elysium-Trailer-Matt-Damon-Goes-to-the-End-of-the-EarthDon’t go. Don’t rent. This is garbage. Read a book. Maybe if you’re 12 and you have never seen …. boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy dies trying to save girl…… then this movie is for you. But everybody else can smell this plot with the ‘hidden healthcare message‘ like an overflowing toilet in the lobby.

The only interesting thing about the movie is the question – Why did Matt Damon star in this stinker? Did he need more money ? Matt Damon already had his ‘superhero’ meal ticket nailed down with the ‘Boring’ Legacy so maybe he needed the money to fund the next Democratic White Guilt Election Campaign.

Or maybe he signed up for this bomb a few years back and was contractually obligated. Maybe he’s greedy and took a gamble on a SciFi hoping to score with a follow up ‘shooter point of view’ computer game and film sequels. Maybe the ‘save the poor, exploited, unwashed masses script’ sounded too good for a liberal humanitarian to resist. Who knows?

For every big problem there is a quick and simple answer, which also happens to be wrong. The answer provided by this film is that the whole world could be saved with Free Healthcare if only the selfish, unfeeling, rich were forced to pony up the loot and equipment. Voila, ObamaCare. But if you think about it, Karl Marx’s premise, ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his need,’ offers the earners no reason to keep busting their ass working paying for everybody else.

As Margaret Thatcher once said, ‘The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money … and you run the country into the ground….’ and have to make a stinking movie to promote the hare brained scheme by emotionally stimulating the reptilian brain of the audience.

Hoping like hell that nobody stops to think how much Free healthcare will really cost when there’s no reason to live safely or healthfully if someone else pays for everything.

The film also looks like it was shot by a Parkinson’s patient holding a Flip cam. This is not visual excitement, it’s just a sloppy fad that’s fun for one minute. The distant future looks like Detroit, which makes sense, but the cars will still look like a 2010 Dodge and everybody will still be poking laptops. Some things never change even with a multi-million dollar film budget and limited imagination.

If as the movie says, ‘everyone is meant to do something…,’ sometimes you find your purpose by failing. Elysium shows that this group was not meant to make movies. On the plus side, there are lots of wild fight scenes and crap blowing up.

La Michael James Slot Receiver?

Brian Quick, Coby Fleener, Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffery, Ryan Broyles all starting receivers for their respected teams were selected after A.J. Jenkins in the draft.
 
Elite corner Janoris Jenkins also drafted after Jenkins a year ago would be nice to have right about now.

Perhaps Jon Baldwin will pan out some gold for Niners or perhaps not. 

What I do know is that if LaMichael James were slid into Jamesthe slot where CK could sling him the ball in space about 7 to 15 yards downfield it would amount to a touchdown for every 10 pass attempts. 

Throw in there a handful of carries/catches out of the backfield, (ala’ Darren Sproles), and you have a defense completely discombobulated.

Four Receiver Set:  Boldin, Davis in the slot, (Vance McDonald at TE) James in the slot and Baldwin on the outside.

City claims foul play on duck feeding rules with new duck patrol signs costing $2,000

palo alto duck pondFeeding bread to ducks may be a time-honored tradition for some, but it could soon become a crime that would cost violators in Palo Alto up to $250.

On Tuesday, Palo Alto’s Parks and Recreation Commission will consider a new law aimed at protecting wildlife in Parks and open spaces.

Feeding has caused Palo Alto’s waterfowl to become sick, more competitive and stressed-out, according to a report by Darren Anderson of the cities Community Services Department.

“There’s definitive evidence that feeding the ducks makes for an unnatural habitat. Too many congregate and it leads to disease for the animals. It’s not in the best interest of the animals,” Parks and Recreation Commissioner Abbie Knopper said yesterday.

Killing them with kindness

Rangers at the city’s Baylands Duck Pond, one of the major attractions of Baylands Natural Preserve, have been trying to get people to stop feeding the ducks for years.

They have handed out flyers with pictures of humans feeding ducks that say “you are killing us with kindness,” educated kids, talked to park-goers, and mounted signs in English and Spanish but to no avail.

“The Rangers have done a tremendous job trying to enforce the policy, but I think that we do need an ordinance,” Knopper said.

Anderson said feeding ducks, geese and squirrels at the pond was common practice until the1960’s when people who work with wildlife observe the problems it creates.

When people feed ducks and geese bread, it changes their diet and often makes them crowd into one area and become competitive about food. Ducks eat insects, seeds, plants and mollusks from marshy or grassy areas.

But when they eat bread or corn seed from the ground in one smaller area, they’re more likely to eat waste-contaminated food, which increases the chances of spreading disease.

Aggressive squirrels

aggressive squirrelsFeeding can also attract birds like crows, ravens, jays and gulls that end up praying on the chicks and unhatched eggs of endangered birds in the Baylands.

Anderson said there have been several complaints about aggressive squirrels and at least one biting incident at Mitchell Park in 2010.

If the commission recommends the new law, it would go to city Council for approval. Launching the new “no feeding” policy will cost the city $2,000 for new signs.

The policy will require rangers to spend more time truly park. But the city hopes those additional hours will be offset by a reduction in the amount of time cleaning bird guano from benches and pathways.

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Palo Alto Free Press Mystery Photo

Mystery PhotoUnlike our competitor the Daily Post were putting our money where our mouth is by offering a $50.00 Starbucks gift card to the first person to identify where this mystery photo was taken and for what purpose?  Hint a national holiday…….