Welcome to the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission Now Go Home!
Perhaps thousands of emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org have gone unanswered. And no one in the community has been informed of this change. So it would appear the community has been left in the dark.
So if you have been sending your heart felt email concerns to the Human Relations Committee no one is listening.
We at Palo Alto Free Press have been striving to get at the truth for months now and no one at city hall seems to be concerned.
In fact, the non-responsiveness by the Human Relation Committee has been raised on multiple occasions even being brought before city council and like the HRC; it’s fallen on deaf ears.
** On news media inquires: “Dear Mark: I’ve changed my mind. Don’t want to play gotcha. Ray”
HRC Mission: To address human relations issues, including promotion of awareness, understanding and resolution of actual or potential conflicts, discrimination, or injustice while encouraging community building and civic engagement.
Up-date: June 24th, 2011
Practicing the Art of Deception – Were well past the date on answers to our California Public Records Request digging, probing, reporting on the answers as to why the email address HR@cityofpaloalto.org was turned off.
None of the committee members are willing and refuse to engage us in any meaningful discussions contrary to their mission statement.
Council Liaison: Gail Price
Staff Liaison: Minka van der Zwaag - 650-463-4953
The HRC decision to turn-off perhaps one of the most important features and channels of communications with the community is mind boggling. Equally mind boggling is the fact that no one, no one cares to step-up to the plate and address this ‘human relations issue’.
They have torched their own bridge to community building and civic engagement. We have been deceived!! What we did learn through persistent probing was that the email address was turned off.
Brilliant we already knew this……
From: Van DerZwaag,Minka
Re: HRC email
Mon, Jun 20,2011
Dear Mr. Peterson-Perez,
The Human Relations Commission email had been non-functioning, but that has now been remedied. You may send in all further inquiries to the Human Relations Commission to email@example.com.
Minka van der Zwaag
Staff liaison to the HRC
What we didn’t learn were ALL the reasons surrounding why the decision was made to turn-off the email address and most importunately why no public announcement in the first place.
Nor did they answer any of the questions posed by our California Public Records Request and it would appear the entire HRC is indeed masters in the art of community deception and so we leave them and the community with the following quote:
“Deception is a cruel act…It often has many players on different stages that corrode the soul.”
Donna A. Favor – Member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Institute, 1955
First published Jun 7, 2011