Atherton police to close streets near protest


The Atherton Police Department plans to close streets in the vicinity of Edge Road and Oak Grove Avenue in Atherton from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today (Thursday, July 15), when members of the California Nurses Association plan to protest at the Atherton home of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.

Police, who said that up to 1,000 people may demonstrate, plan to close streets in the area to non-local traffic from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Residents are urged to avoid Oak Grove Avenue between Middlefield Road and Greenoaks Drive, as well as Toyon Road and Edge Road during these hours," police said in a statement.

"The Police Department will attempt to accommodate residents who wish to access their homes on these streets, but will not allow traffic which can reasonably use alternate routes."

About 25 to 30 police officers from the Atherton Police Department, as well as police from other agencies including Redwood City and San Carlos, will be present at the protest, Atherton police Lt. Joe Wade said.

See related story: Nurses plan protest at Whitman's Atherton home.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 15, 2010 at 10:08 am

Is Meg even going to be home on Edge St for the nurse demo?

I doubt it. If she has any sense she'll be at her 150 acre Skyline Ranch (purchased for $20 million in 2005) near Telluride, Colo. Why don't the nurses demo there and partake of the offerings at the former dude ranch.

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Posted by Disgruntled MP'er
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Do the nurses have a permit?
Instead of protesting, maybe they should just clean up their act. Noticed that none of the area hospitals made the Top Ten list that was on the Web today. Could the nurses' performance have anything to do with the lack of ranking? I know that I will never, ever, go to the Stanford Hospital. The nursing there is Third World.

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Posted by Ranch Gal
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm

It should be against the law to protest outside someone's private home. That is disgusting! There may be children at home, in some instances, frightened. Horrific if you ask me! With so many CEO's in Atherton and surrounding neighborhoods should we expect many of these in our peaceful neighborhoods? Give me a break!

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Posted by disgrunted athertonian
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm

I agree with Disgrunted MP'er. And how about those Unions. What a scam.

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Posted by A non moose
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Darn unions! The nerve! To sit there on their fat butts while saying they protect working families! Sheesh.

And then they have the nerve to demonstrate peaceably!! Change the first amendment! Tea-baggers unite!

Now they want Meg to come out and talk to all of the voters in our great state, instead of hiding behind a hundred million dollar ad campaign?!?!?

And "Disgruntled MP'er" is so RIGHT! Local medicine STINKS and it's all the nurses fault!!!

I'm curious: what planet are y'all living on?

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Posted by pension reform NOW
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Some wannabe constitutional lawyers clearly don't understand the first amendment protections. Abundant case law supports community regulation of assembly, and I doubt the nurses went rhrough the proper channels to get a permit. In this case, it's pretty clear that their "right to assemble" is treading on the freedoms of many thousands of others

Don't educated nurses have better ways to spend their time?

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Posted by A non moose
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm

"Don't educated nurses have better ways to spend their time?"

How is that not a great use of an American's time? Supporting the elective process in accordance to our constitution?

And all they want is for Meg to come talk to real people, real media, her real opponent, instead of hiding behind slick brochures, non-stop advertising, her Goldman Sachs Compensation Board of Director connections, her billions. Hiding behind her lawyers and settlements for assaulting an employee, etc...

Meg: come out and talk to us. Give us the real plan for our great state.

How ARE you different than Arnold?

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Posted by COH
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I support the Nurses! Nurses save lives every day when Doctors are out playing golf or being wined and dined by Big Pharma. When yo are in teh hospital - you see your doctor ONCE a day for 5-10 minutes. You see your nurses for 8 HOURS and sometimes more. They deserve FAIR working conditions, pay and patient loads because it is YOUR life they are taking care of.

And furthermore - I am sick of seeing Meg's ugly mug on TV with her lying ads playing day in and day out. Where do you see the unemployed 'every day', Meg? Day laborers on 5th Avenue? The E-Bay employees you fired when you outsourced thousands of jobs to India while simultaneously appling for thousands of H-1B Visas to bring in lower wage Engineers? Then she stood with McCain in 2007 and said she wanted to have MORE H-1B Visas issued. WHAT ABOUT AMERICAN'S MEG? WHAT ABOUT CALIFORNIAN'S WHO NEED JOBS???

FactCheck has slammed her Jerry Brown 'failure' ad as PURE LIES and misrepresentation. This from a woman who hasn;t voted in 28 YEARS?? ANd also - she had her other deceitful ad about Latins running every day endless before the Primary - "NO AMNESTY! NO SANCTUARY CITIES!! I'LL CALL IN THE NATIONAL GUARD TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS! NO DRIVER'S LICENCES!" (too stupid to know that that law is already in place).

THEN after she won the primary, she put up her 'Latinos For Meg' webpage where she is pandering with that smarmy smile all over the place and paying Latinos to say how much they love her. SHE MAKES ME SICK with her duplicity and pandering and complete phonyness. YOU CAN'T BUY THE STATE MEG - no matter how hard you try. I hope she spends every last ill-gotten dime and loses (E-Bay profits SUNK the last three years she was there, she quit bfore the board could fire her.)

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Posted by member
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm

This is another example of how out of control the unions are. Did they "import" people to protest and disturb the quality of life for the surrounding neighborhood???

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Posted by A non moose
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

"Did they "import" people to protest and disturb the quality of life for the surrounding neighborhood???"

Uhhh, yeah. That was the point. Import folks who care enough to ask Meg to talk to Californians.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I am a neighbor directly affected by the street closures and helicopters today. And while it perked my interest to see what was up, once I found out I was all for it.

It does not take an Einstein to realize, since the PD closed the streets, planned for it (read the article), the Almanac wrote about it a day before it happened, it was permitted.

Who else is going to stand up for the people? Meg outsources to pad her own wallet. Corporations/Wall Street have run this country into the ground. Power to the People.

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Posted by Ethan
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Jul 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Hello, Namby Pamby Land. You call that a "disruptive" demonstration? If the protesters had shut down eBay and occupied its headquarters, THAT would have been a serious demonstration. The whole point is to make waves. If protesters hadn't been so polite a few years ago, maybe we wouldn't still be fighting two perpetual Vietnams and a lot of people would still have all their arms and legs--not to mention their lives.

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Posted by Ann
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jul 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

I trust the added police protection will be billed directly to the Meg Whitman campaign. Such a parasite!

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Posted by POGO
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 16, 2010 at 10:57 am

So a bunch of protesters show up and the homeowner - who was not even present at the time - should have to pay the costs of the police? Really?

Gee, I hope your home is never burglarized, Ann. With your philosophy, the police should charge you.

Don't be blinded by political bias. If this had happened to Jerry Brown, would you say the same thing?

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Woodside High School
on Jul 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

@ neighbor (and independent of political leanings)

anyone, even an Einstein, could read the permit requirements and ask a few meaningful questions as to whether there was a permit

note on the top of the permit application Web Link
Applications should be submitted a minimum of 60 days before the event to allow adequate time to process, should it be necessary to go to the planning commission.

rules from the underlying ordinance Web Link
17.38.050 Application Submittal requirements

G. A deposit as determined by the Police Chief for the funding of any additional security measures not provided by the applicant;

17.38.070 Permit Requirements

B. ... if the event is not conducted on a single site, or is to be conducted within the public right-of-way, the applicant shall pay for the cost associated with the publication of the notice in a newspaper of general circulation at least ten days prior to issuance of a permit.

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Posted by Ethan
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Jul 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm

If Jerry Brown had tried to target the tea baggers with a direct mail and phone campaign, as Meg did the nurses, you bet the same thing would have happened to him. Recall that thousands of baggers descended on Harry Reid's place in Nevada not too long ago, and that was in the middle of nowhere.

Regarding the police presence:
1. All those cops where totally unnecessary.
2. If the expense is such a burden, lets privatize police services. Everybody gets the protection they can afford. Same thing with the fire departments. You pay up front, or you put out your own fire. It worked pretty well in the 16th century. Well, for the rich, anyway.

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Posted by ANN
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 16, 2010 at 11:40 pm


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Posted by BillOfRights
a resident of another community
on Jul 17, 2010 at 7:46 am


The demonstration did not meet the definition of a special event; the "general public" was not invited. The CNA invited its membership (and the press).

The law you cite appears to be aimed at parties who sponsor for profit (or even non-profit fund raising) activities in the Town.

Curtailing first amendment activities through a 60 day advance noticing and permitting requirement would expose the Town to some serious civil liability.

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