Palo Alto Daily Post rack dispute

Palo Alto city employees removed 27 Palo Alto Daily Post’s newspaper racks August 13, and brought them back to the newspaper. Next day the paper put them back.

The city says a official ordinance prohibits free-standing racks downtown. Palo Alto Daily Post publisher Dave Price thinks that the First Amendment – free speech – is being violated. Competitor The Palo Alto Daily News, which has the whole story, quoted Price:

“That right got taken away from us yesterday, plain and simple. It makes me think of book burning. That’s how backward this is.”

New papers are put on a waiting list in Palo Alto, and only get permission when other racks are not used or being abandoned. According to Price this in an unequal treatment in favor of existing papers.

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