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News - June 29, 2007

Stanford foothills scorched

Commuters in gridlock as firefighters worked to extinguish 128-acre blaze

by Palo Alto Weekly

A blackened Stanford Dish hiking trail was closed Tuesday following a blaze that consumed 128 acres of the foothills between Highway 280 and Junipero Serra Boulevard on Monday afternoon and evening.

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Posted by Olaf, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 2, 2007 at 7:45 pm

Odd. Growing up in Mountain View and often riding my bike to Stanford, there never was a chain-linked fence with officers surrounding the Stanfords hiking trails. Only in the last 4-5 or so years, have officers stood patrol at the re-inforced entrances to the trails. Google Earth image still shows a little umbrella hut. What exactly are they guarding against? Do those officers really care about YOUR well-being? Hell no. Hardly anyone cares if you live or die in the real world. One only needs to open the local news and read about the constant killings that occur in the neighorhoods just 40 miles north of us, in Oakland and San Francisco each and every year; over a 1000 people in the past 9 years just in Oakland alone. Where are the officers in that town warning that "hot spots could still ignite up to 48 hours following a blaze" of GUNFIRE in your neighborhood. The point is that the hiking trails are private property owned and operated by Stanford. When I bicycle past the checkpoints, I see THEIR property, being used by the few who wish to be sheltered and overly protected. Flip side, Stanford is protectig their property against overly-zealous parental plaintiffs always so eager to file suit for whatever little bobcat or flareup touches their child genius. (Duke Lacrosse?). Question is: who files on behalf of the 10 innocent victims murdered this weekend? Where are the officers? So much justice and over-protection for the privileged few and so much injustice for the masses of the inner-city citizens.