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Palo Alto City Council Priorities for 2020 -submitted by Aram James and related issues

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Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:14:44 -0800

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Hi Council member Greg Tanaka,

I hope you and your family are doing well. I previously lived in Palo Alto for most of my life..but moved to Redwood City for the last 5-6 years. I’m now living in Palo Alto again.

1. At some point I would like the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my experience with issues surrounding safe parking programs.

             My personal # 1 priority for the city council for 2020

2. I would also like to discuss, with you, the issues surrounding PAPD Captain Zack Perron -and the failure of the city and or the police department —and the part played by the Palo Alto Independence Police auditor —in failing to release the IPA report re allegations that Captain Perron acted in a racist and bigoted manner towards a now former member of the PAPD -during an incident dating back to Jan 28, 2014...nearly six years ago now.

In fact I know that soon the city of Palo Alto will be having Its annual meeting re setting priorities for 2020. My request is that this critical issue be prioritized as the # 1 issue before the city council for 2020. I realize this is a long shot -but I feel compelled to make my best effort to see that this issue is not ignored.

I will copy this e-mail to the entire city council and any staff members you suggest .... so that at least my input is considered prior to the annual retreat —for priority setting.

In a separate e-mail I will send a copy of a short letter to editor of the Daily Post....that I wrote back on December 16, 2019 titled: City foot dragging.

3. Second requested priority
      for our city council for 2020..Ban

In the 2007 I was very active in Palo Alto in opposing the introduction of Tasers into the city of Palo Alto. I believe it is time to permanently ban Tasers in Palo Alto....it is not a weapon that is needed by our police department. The weapon is extremely expense to maintain and are very unsafe ....and are rarely used by the PAPD.

 In a separate email I will send you two articles I co-authored with attorney Richard Konda ....a few years back... when we opposed the purchase and use of Tasers by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department.

 Although the issue of the use of Tasers in our jails is different than the use of Tasers by our police in the streets ....many of the key issues are the same. I will also send you-if still available-the video of my presentation to the Palo Alto Taser Task Force back in 2007. Ultimately in May of 2007 our City Council in a 5-4 vote...voted to allow the PAPD to purchase Tasers. Guess who provided the 5th and deciding vote!!!!!

                3rd priority for the City Council
                 to consider in 2020 is a bathroom
                  At Bol Park.

4. I will discuss this issue in detail with you....
    council member Tanaka...when we meet
     and do my best to prepare a memo of
     reasons for this request to be provided to
     staff members who are preparing issues for the upcoming retreat.


     Aram James

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Received on Thu Jan 16 2020 - 14:18:39 PST

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