Palo Alto may need to call in the Demeanor Police.
The city council is wrestling with a code of conduct that urges elected officials not to roll their eyes. Or shake their heads. Or frown.
Experts say the council’s plan to discourage non-verbal forms of “disagreement or disgust” is odd, unenforceable and almost an infringement on free speech.
“It’s just bizarre,” says University of Kansas Professor Burdett Loomis, who specializes in political civility. “You’d be thinking all the time, `What expression do I have on my face?’ ”
After reading this story I believe I am in violation of their policy. Maybe they could just say they are expressing their happiness with an inverted smile.