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Activist group calls on Palo Alto to 'desegregate' Foothills Park

Original post made on Jul 7, 2020

About a dozen activists met under the full moon on Sunday night to paint the message 'Desegregate' along Page Mill Road in front of the Foothills Park entrance.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 11:53 AM

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Posted by Whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 7, 2020 at 12:40 pm

You want to use Foothill Park? Move to Palo Alto.
It's not a matter of race or privilege.
It's a matter of who resides in Palo Alto. Simple. Not a matter of gender race religion or whether you're left-handed or right-handed.
It is restricted to PA residents as they paid for it, buying it from Russell and Dorothy Lee. The towns of Portola Valley and Los Altos Hills were asked to help pay for it but they refused. Thus PA residents only.
Now for those who wish to open it up - are there any other city or county parks in the state which restrict usage to their residents only? I sort of doubt it unless the owners who donated such property wrote it into the donation contract. That wasn't done with Foothill Park. So take it from there.


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Posted by wildcat72
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2020 at 12:47 pm

I don’t see this is a black or brown issue, as is stated in this article. Owned and operated by city of PA, everyone ( black, brown, white, whatever) is held to the same rule that you need to be a PA resident. Rather, I think the issue needs to be whether a city should be able to keep out all non residents. If the rule was created in the 50’s, it’s certainly time to take another look. Personally, I don’t feel PA should have this ability to only allow their residents to enjoy this park. Do other cities have such restrictions on their parks? I hope not.


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Posted by Vigil for Democracy
a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2020 at 2:56 pm

It’s worth noting what retired Judge LaDoris Cordell, a longtime Palo Alto resident, says on the topic: A Connecticut Supreme Court decision that analyzed a “residents-only” ordinance similar to Palo Alto’s found it to be unconstitutional. That decision, which is factually indistinguishable from this circumstance, reaffirmed that parks (including open space parks) are quintessential public forums where First Amendment rights are at their zenith. As a longtime resident of Palo Alto, there is nothing that I want more than for my city leaders to have the political will to place themselves on the right side of history.


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Posted by Enough
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 7, 2020 at 5:11 pm

First off, if it took them 4 hours to paint that sign they must be the slowest taggers in the country. They however should be charges for the work done to clean up their vandalism and for damaging public property.

Palo Alto owns and operates that land as a benefit for residents of Palo Alto, why should anyone one else get access to it? It is not racist in the least, anyone who lives in Palo Alto can access the park regardless of Race, Religion, or anyone distinction. Last time I looked Palo Alto was not restricting residents to Caucasian only, has that changed?

If Palo Alto does choose to grant access to the park to anyone I hope they charge $50-$100 per visitor who does not live in Palo Alto to help pay for the land and upkeep.


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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 7, 2020 at 7:03 pm

Calling this a racist policy is certainly absurd nonsense that can be dismissed out of hand. However it would be good for Palo Alto to change their obnoxious policy anyhow.


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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 7, 2020 at 8:33 pm

The one time I went there was when an African American friend who lives in Palo Alto invited us. Nice place.


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