BY ALLISON LEVITSKY
Daily Post Staff Writer
Palo Alto City Council won’t be presenting a proclamation to Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford at a public meeting in the council chambers.
Instead, Palo Alto University President Maureen O’Connor has asked Mayor Liz Kniss to “quietly” give the proclamation to the school, which employs Ford.
“At some point they’ll give it to her,” Kniss said. “Unless she someday wants to get the proclamation (at City Council), we will do that.”
Ongoing privacy concerns were cited as the reason for skipping a public presentation of the proclamation, Kniss said. Ford’s attorneys have said that the south Palo Alto resident has received numerous death threats. As a result, Ford and her family have moved four times between Sept. 16 and Oct. 3, according to a statement on a GoFundMe page.
On Oct. 1, Kniss announced her plan to publicly commend Ford’s bravery in testifying against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who she said tried to rape her at a party when they were in high school.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations, and after the FBI interviewed nine people, the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment on Oct. 6.
Public presentation had been planned
Kniss said last month that the proclamation would take place at the City Council meeting on Oct. 29, but it ended up being postponed.
While several rallies were held in Palo Alto in support of Ford in September, Kniss said she had heard “as much support for her as I did against her.”
“Something that I thought was so brave and courageous and so forth, some people didn’t, and that’s disappointing,” Kniss said.
Hasn’t returned to work
Palo Alto University spokeswoman Rebecca Levy said yesterday that Ford was not back teaching and that she didn’t know anything about her whereabouts.
“I would guess that after what happened that she is keeping a pretty low profile right now,” Levy said. “There really hasn’t been any contact with the school as far as I know, or very little if she’s talked to Maureen.”
Supporters raised more than $800,000 for Ford’s security and moving expenses in two GoFundMe campaigns.
Ford thanked donors for their support in a statement posted to a GoFundMe page on Oct. 3.
“The costs for security, housing, transportation and other related expenses are much higher than we anticipated and they do not show signs of letting up,” Ford said. “I believed and still believe that it was my civic duty to come forward, but this is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, much harder even than I thought it would be.”