Rapist Brock Turner’s probation delema

Before retiring as a public defender, Aram James handled thousands of probation violations. In his essay, he writes that to fully evaluate Judge Persky’s sentence of Brock Turner, the public needs to account for what being on probation really means to those convicted of a crime. Former Stanford student and potential Olympic swimmer Brock Turner,…

Is Reading Steinbeck an Antidote to Donald Trump?

A rotten egg incubated by reality television and hatched by retrograde thinking about women and the world, the presidency of Donald Trump is creating anxiety, fear, and a growing sense among progressives that an American psycho now occupies the White House. Many, like me, are turning to John Steinbeck for understanding. But that consolation has…

Highly legal poppies the variety you can keep

Not your ordinary poppycock story Two mountain view residents were arrested at their home in connection with the largest opium poppy pod seizure in city history, police said yesterday. Officers allegedly found about 50 pounds of opium poppy pods and more than 30,000 in cash in a case. Jasvir Singh, 34, and his wife Donna…

Welcome to Palo Alto – Now empty out your pockets!

For the millions of visitors who visit Palo Alto annually, that greeting, “Welcome to Palo Alto” represents a sign of friendship. However, for those who live just a stone’s throw away, in East Palo Alto, it’s more like an International Border crossing with unspoken conditions of travel appearing to be specially designed for the vast…