Budget cuts in Palo Alto | Why keeping Janine De la Vega as Public-Affairs Manager is important

Open letter to the City Council of Palo Alto

Dear Mayor Fine, Vice-Mayor DuBois, and Council Members Cormack, Filseth, Kniss, Kou and Tanaka,

When there is a prolonged police standoff in a Palo Alto neighborhood, when a school goes into lockdown, when a bank is robbed, when a senior citizen goes missing and countless other events in our community we seek information that is official and as close to real-time as possible. This is the first essential role that Janine De la Vega has provided. This is done in the form of posts on Twitter, Nextdoor, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and more social media sources, PDF documents produced within a short time frame of an event, as well as always making herself available to answer media requests.


Given the global impact that certain events can have within the epicenter of Silicon Valley her role is vital. Transparency and interaction are key to a working police force.

The management of the Citizen's Police Academy is another role that Janine handles. Why is this important to the community? Well, as a graduate, I can attest that this program allows for trust and transparency between the police and the community.



Janine also manages the Advanced Police Academy, outreach events such as National Night Out, the Police Chief's Advisory Committee and many more day to day aspects of communication.


In conclusion, Janine is a caring person, full of passion for her work. It would be a loss to our community to remove her from her position due to a lack of understanding and appreciation of her remarkable global and social outreach.


Sincerely,

Ardan Michael Blum

EXAMPLES OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND PDF DOCUMENTS:


Press Releases

01/21/2020: Police Searching for Homicide Suspect in Early Morning Shooting

06/25/2019: Police Investigating Death Inside Home

08/07/2019: Applications Being Accepted for PAPD Citizens Police Academy

12/03/2019: Police Offer Crime Tips to Stay Safe During Holiday Season

12/18/2019: Juvenile Arrested for Robbing Two Pedestrians

12/27/2019: Police Arrest Masseur for Sexual Assault; Additional Victims Sought

07/17/2018: Officers Tell Own Personal Stories in New Recruitment Video

- More Press


Videos

Related:

With budget deficit approaching $40M, Palo Alto prepares for massive cuts

Palo Alto City Council Special Meeting - Budget Hearing - May 12, 2020

Gennady Sheyner writes in Palo Alto Online

Channel 7 reporter hired as Palo Alto police spokeswoman

Police Department hires first public-affairs manager


05/22 - Email (with plain text version and link to this post) sent to:

City.Council@cityofpaloalto.org

city.clerk@cityofpaloalto.org,

Ed.Shikada@cityofpaloalto.org

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