Town Square

Post a New Topic

East Palo Alto youth to get sports field

Original post made on Feb 12, 2011

The "field of dreams" the family of slain East Palo Alto police Officer Richard May has hoped to build in the city since his death on Jan. 7, 2006, can at last move forward.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 11, 2011, 11:54 AM

Comments (6)

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Kathy
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

The officer was okay to protect your streets and get killed but Peter Evans calls him and his family strangers when they want to do something great for East Palo Alto ? Maybe I'm not reading this right but I really do not undersand that comment. My grandmother new Officer May. She lived in East Palo Alto until she passed away 2 years ago. She said he was a very special person, and a great asset to the community.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Interested
a resident of another community
on Feb 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Let me see if I have this correct. The family of a slain East Palo Alto Police Officer wish to pay to build a playing field for the kids of East Palo Alto in order to preserve his memory and build a lasting connection with the community. And Peter Evans has the absolute audacity to call him and his family "Strangers". What a filthy disgrace. Why the voters of EPA keep voting this [portion removed; disrespectful language violates terms of use] to office eludes me. Perhaps he will find another target to throw his coffee at. [Portion removed]

God bless the May family for their efforts. and thanks Officer May, your commitment in both life and death will never be forgotten.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I truly understand the concern about traffic in the area, because there already is a lot of bad traffic there. However, residents also have to balance out what EPA needs vs. problems the solutions to those needs cause. Sharifa Wilson isn't trying to be difficult as she has legitimate concerns about the traffic & I'm glad she has spoken up. But the field is such a great idea, as well. It is looking a gift horse in the mouth - sometimes that's necessary to assess the health of the horse. May's family is laudable in their generosity & commitment as well. I wish Evans would be sent to etiquette school...what a nasty way to behave. It's very East Shallow Alto/NIMBY. Well, Peter, it's a backyard that belongs to others, too. At least Sharifa's concerns are legit even if I disagree w/her.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by jackrabbit
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Feb 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Having attended the meeting in EPA re: the May Field, it was quite surprising (and disappointing) to hear Evans' comments that were singularly inarticulate, offensive and without logic, merit or common sense. EPA needs help and this proposal along with the generosity of St. Francis Church, the May, Merrill families and a host of youth proponents and activists involved in the community spoke passionately and wisely in support of the field as a major improvement and assist in positively directing younger, committed athletes. Sadly, the objections to May Field were shallow and transparent. Fortunately good prevailed.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Feb 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

jackrabbit, Evans is an embarrassment & a problem for the community. It's odd - away from city council, he's been pretty cool. He also knows that May was no saint & that's part of his bias against this whole thing & his considering them all outsiders. So I understand some of his perspective, but I don't believe it's a healthy, progressive or helpful position to take. This field is something valued by May's family & many residents who've worked in accord on it.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Local picks on 2015 Michelin Bib Gourmand list
By Elena Kadvany | 8 comments | 3,640 views

Charter School Proposal Steeped In Unintended Consequences
By Erin Glanville | 55 comments | 2,231 views

A Surprise!
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 1,449 views

Marriage Underachievers
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,398 views

Measure M-- I am not drinking Greenheartís expensive potion
By Martin Lamarque | 26 comments | 808 views