SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

Peninsula | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Front Page

Sat Mar 21 2009 (Updated 04/08/09) Page Mill Properties' Negligence May Have Led to Employee Death
Possible Criminal Charges Against Landlord Page Mill Properties Page Mill Properties, the largest landlord of properties in East Palo Alto, may face criminal charges in the death of one of its employees. The victim of what many feel is the investor/landlord's negligence, was decorating trees with Christmas lights at Page Mill's direction when the string of lights came into contact with a high voltage electric line in the winter of 2007. The 24 year-old employee suffered death by electrocution.

Cal/OSHA determined that Page Mill had failed to train the employee to work near electrical lines and let him work near high-voltage lines without correct safety precautions. In late November 2008, after their appeal to the state office was denied, Page Mill paid Cal/OSHA more than $36,000 in penalties. A Page Mill spokesperson refused to disclose the amount the company paid to the family of the victim in a settlement.

Now the San Mateo District Attorney is deciding whether to file criminal charges in the case. Tenant activists are closely following the case, and are communicating with members of the Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County in hopes of encouraging the DA to proceed with criminal charges against the landlord. Activists want the county District Attorney to take the matter seriously, and have expressed concern that Jim Shore, who has worked as a Deputy DA in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and now serves as general counsel to Page Mill, might try to influence his former colleagues on this matter.

Read more | photo Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | EPA-Tenants.org

08/31/15 Watchdogs Target The Wonderful Company Corporate Headquarters Over California Water Grab   Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections
08/31/15 Residents Report Petition to Repeal Rent Control Being Billed as Supporting Rent Control   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections
08/22/15 Despite Stay Away Orders and Arrest, Community Members Sleep at Santa Cruz City Hall   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/21/15 Extreme Suffering of Animals Documented at Anitbody Supplier's Facility   Animal Liberation | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/19/15 Defend Knowland Park Calls for Direct Action and Campout to Resist Oakland Zoo Expansion   Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services
08/18/15 Nate Wilks Shot and Killed by Oakland Police for Running While Black   Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice
08/17/15 First-Hand Report from the Massive Rocky Fire East of Clear Lake   Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | North Coast | California
08/17/15 Marijuana Compliance Team Disregards Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Laws   Drug War | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/11/15 Community Members Challenge Sit-Lie Law by Breaking It   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/09/15 Santa Cruz Residents Continue to Work for a World Without Nuclear Weapons   Anti-War | Santa Cruz Indymedia
08/04/15 Judge Declares AgGag Law Unconstitutional Attempt to Silence Critics, Whistleblowers   Animal Liberation