New Police Building? Stop Yolking Around!

Palo Alto City Council must be yolking in the midst of an $8 million fiscal crisis to even think about building a new police building.

Perhaps their reasoning or logic is similar to the stock market trends to buy low and build high.

Some Municipalities a across California are teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Consider the city of Vallejo which filed earlier this year for bankruptcy. (See link and now nearby Antioch may as well be forced down this same path by declining revenues and powerful unions.

The Daily Post wrote an excellent editorial yesterday Friday June 11, 2010 – “We don’t need a bigger police station” and laid a sound foundation why we shouldn’t construct a possible 48 million cement “blue” goose!! Did you notice the font size used in the article? It was huge!!! I though I was at the office of the DMV.

The idea of building a new station would surely cause the famed industrialist Howard Hughes to rise from his grave. Just take look at all of the vacant commercial real-estate which surrounds us. It’s a sad state of our economy with no encouraging economic indicator on the horizon.

I don’t know about you but just talking about or even thinking about building a new police station is like having egg all over your faces. So stop your yolking around and get down to the serious business of fixing our budget crisis.

Foot note on origin

Q From Kim Parker: I’m interested in the history of the saying, having egg on your face. It means you made a big mistake.

A It often implies that you have made a serious mistake, but more strictly it indicates that something you have done (or some turn of events) has left you looking embarrassed or foolish:

“I Plead ‘da Fif” – Right to Remain Silent? Suspect Better Speak Up

I Plead The Fif

Right to remain silent? Suspect better speak up

Sotomayor: Decision turns Miranda rights ‘upside down’


Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Want to invoke your right to remain silent? You’ll have to speak up.

In a narrowly split decision, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority expanded its limits on the famous Miranda rights for criminal suspects on Tuesday — over the dissent of new Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who said the ruling turned Americans’ rights of protection from police abuse “upside down.”

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, said a suspect who goes ahead and talks to police after being informed he doesn’t have to has waived his right to remain silent.

Elena Kagan, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to join the court, sided with the police as U. S. solicitor general when the case came before the court. She would replace Justice John Paul Stevens, one of the dissenters.

A right to remain silent and a right to a lawyer are at the top of the warnings that police recite to suspects during arrests and interrogations. But Tuesday’s majority said that suspects must break their silence and tell police they are going to re-main quiet to stop an interrogation, just as they must tell police that they want a lawyer.

This decision means that police can keep shooting questions at a suspect who refuses to talk as long as they want in hopes that the person will crack and give them some information, said Richard Friedman, a University of Michigan law professor.

“It’s a little bit less restraint that the officers have to show,” Friedman said.

The ruling comes in a case in which a suspect, Van Chester Thompkins, remained mostly silent for a three hour police interrogation before implicating himself in a Jan. 10, 2000, murder in Southfield, Mich. He appealed his conviction, saying he had invoked his Miranda right to re-main silent by remaining silent.

Kennedy, writing the decision for the court’s conservatives, said that wasn’t enough.

“Thompkins did not say that he wanted to remain silent or that he did not want to talk to police,” Kennedy said. “Had he made either of these simple, unambiguous statements, he would have invoked his ‘right to cut off questioning.’ Here he did neither, so he did not invoke his right to remain silent.”

He was joined in the 5-4 opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Prosecutors cheered the decision, saying it takes the guesswork out of when police have to stop questioning suspects. “Is it too much to ask for a criminal suspect to say he doesn’t want to talk to police?” said Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorneys Association.

This is the third time this session that the Supreme Court has placed limits on Miranda rights, which come from a 1-966 decision — it involved police questioning of Ernesto Miranda in a rape and kidnapping case in Phoenix — requiring officers to tell suspects they have the right to remain silent and to have a lawyer represent them, even if they can’t afford one.

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Google Fiber For Communities – Will Palo Alto be Google’s dance partner?

Palo Alto responded to Google’s Request For Information for its Fiber for Communities initiative on March 26 — Google will pick some dance partners “sometime this year,” according to Jim Fleming, a Management Specialist for the City of Palo Alto.

Fleming touted Palo Alto’s fiber loop and utility infrastructure as definite advantages offered by the City. But he cautioned that those factors, as well as the fact that Palo Alto is the hometown of Google executives, and the founders incubated the company while attending Stanford University, do not make the town an automatic choice.

“Palo Alto offers a lot of advantages that would allow Google to quickly built out the system, but it is by no means a slam dunk.”

LaFayette, LA has also has a Fiber Optics infrastructure in place and recently hosted a Fiber to the Home Conference attended by a Google representative. Investor and philanthropist George Soros is heavily advocating for the Baltimore, MD. selection. In other words, there is lots of competition.

“Google may want to choose a location where there is no infrastructure and then build from the ground up.” Fleming cautioned. It was clear that he was tempering expectations, as his enthusiasm for Palo Alto as a “natural choice” was a consistent theme in the conversation.

He was clear that the Google submission was not an application, but a response to the Request For Information. “Based on the information, Google will approach cities with the opportunity sometime this year.”

Google’s motive for the project is to demonstrate that the internet can be delivered to the home at speeds much higher than the goals set by existing carriers. Fleming said that Google would like to set the benchmark performance standards higher for all carriers — thus allowing increased traffic for its core business.

The fact that Palo Alto owns its own Utility corridors, and has fiber in place, would pave the way for a speedy proof of concept — and that may provide the dance partner Google desires.

The link for more details is as follows:

About the Author: Timothy Gray is a Palo Alto resident and lives in the Charleston Meadows Neighborhood. He can be reached at

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