David Shribman says Jim Newton says (about Jerry Brown and E.F. Schumacher)

It wasn’t only Wittgenstein. Newton plumbs the Brown mind, finding traces of E.F. Schumacher, Ivan Illich and Michel Foucault and unearthing the concept of “subsidiarity,” which translates in the political realm to decentralization — the delegation of solutions to those localities (or even families) most affected by the problem.

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Two Palo Alto covers with today’s Sunday Times

One, A1, fifth lead photo of interior of restaurant at 546 University where CEOs of two leading tech companies were photographed dining together, apropos of antitrust.

Two, The New York Times Magazine typography illustration for article about Palo Alto surveillance society company.


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It would be interesting for a site-specific Palo alto Trevor Paglen production may be in conjunction with pace

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Russell Wilson poised to pass John Brodie on all-time annals

Brodie 31,548 after 201 games, age 38, for the 49ers of my childhood, before Joe Reed, Steve Spurrier, Steve DeBerg, Joe Montana, Steve Young.
Russell Wilson for Seattle Seahawks is about 320 short of that, for 45th all time, but is only 32 years old.
The all time leaders of my youth were YA Tittle, Sonny Jorgensen, Jim Hart, John Unitas, Fran Tarkenton, Bart Starr. The 40 best passers are all people I’ve seen from rookie days to grizzled vet. Knew the names but never saw, Norm Van Brocklin, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh.
out of the 200 Lamar McHan, Ed Brown and George Ratterman are the only ones I’d never heard of. Brown of USF, Ratterman of Notre Dame and McHan of Arkansas.

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Ripped from the pages of The New York Times: Yoko Ono, “Cut Pieces” VS Charlie Hebdo Chechen refugee, 18

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Personal to DD of the PAW: speaking of ‘rant’ and the related word ‘bombastic’, there is a giant cock-shaped gourd in the window of the dildo shop on Ramona

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Pederson clout sparks LaLa win

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Too short films by Brian Moore

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Fair play to those who dare to dream, and Pham Doan Trang, writer, performer, dissident

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‘Hinky’ is now officially a word

I wrote something about “kinky-pinky: which referenced Robert Maplethorpe’s nearly obscene erotic and homoerotic photographs but also that something about Palo Alto police and someone describing a suspect as “hinky” which means suspicious.
I bought Webster’s 11th edition just this year 2020 to replace or as a companion to my Webster’s 9th, and indeed, eight months later, looked up “Hinky”.
It entered the language in 1956, from a language called “argot” not ot be confused with the French word “argot’. It was a secret language but now cops are repeating this to the press and eventually here to Plastic Alto.
Ok.Okey dokey.Okily dokily.

Someone had read my article called “Hinky-Pinky” which popped up on my stats page.

I had about 75 page views today. Maybe the hinky-pinky reader was looking for Pinky Kushner, the mother of Rachel Kushner and the friend of the late Alden Van Buskirk.

I didn’t realize until I watched the tape again, 9 years later that Pinky Kushner has a son named Alden.

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Real estate in Palo Alto is a $50B industry,

This is a wee bit PoMo so work with me:

—– Forwarded Message —–From: Council, City <city.council@cityofpaloalto.org>To: mark weiss <earwopa@yahoo.com>Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 05:23:17 PM PDTSubject: Your e-mail to City Council was received

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—- Forwarded Message —–From: mark weiss <earwopa@yahoo.com>To: Bill Johnson <bjohnson@embarcaderopublishing.com>; Gennady Sheyner <gsheyner@paweekly.com>; Jocelyn Dong <jdong@embarcaderopublishing.com>; Tom Zahiralis <tzahiralis@embarcaderopublishing.com>Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 05:19:32 PM PDT

Subject: my censored comment in response to your anonymous reader
Alexandria $850m stake is a data point but obviously does not fit my model of Downtown VS The Residents since their holdings are at Baylands, Bayshore and Stanford Industrial Park.But it fits the model that real estate is a billion dollar (per year) industry here and likely spends tens of millions in aggregate lobbying. AJ Capital is an example of an out of town interest getting the courtesy usually reserved for the frequent flyers. Bob Moss I recall wrote a white paper on the topic of favoritism that some local developers get here.Also: how many staff people are only here long enough to get hired by the industry? 
I am guessing — based on another recent article by George Avalos in what used to be the Merc – that real estate here is worth about $50B. It’s sort of like that scene in “The Third Man” where they look down on us from the heights and ask “how many dots you can afford to spare?”
But the business tax, as imagined by candidate Rebecca Eisenberg, targets large employers and tech unicorns and not holding companies, I wouldn’t think. There could be real estate transfer taxes. But the landlords have quashed all such talk.It’s a shame that we are cutting $40m in services this year yet under our watch fledgling companies like Google, Facebook, Palantir were nurtured here and are now worth a combined $1 Trillion, with a T. Maybe some of you were early investors but generally Palo Alto gets dick from this. Zilch. Zero. Nada. Palo Alto as an HP company town in the 1960s was a different flavor but still literally divisive: Oregon Expressway dividing “South Palo Alto” from Palo Alto. 

[my comment from 17 minutes ago ie 5:15 Tuesday was automatically deleted and censored by Bill Johnson of the Palo Alto Weekly, despite the fact that I paid $10 to subscribe…]

PALO ALTO — A big Southern California real estate and investment firm has gobbled up its latest in a string of Palo Alto office property purchases, a deal that extends a buying spree in the Silicon Valley tech hub that now tops $850 million.

Alexandria Real Estate, acting through an affiliate, has bought two Palo Alto office buildings on Hillview Avenue near Arastradero Road, acquiring a site that’s in the famed Stanford Research Park.

The deal suggests investors still seek to collect commercial properties in choice and prestigious locations despite the economic uncertainties that the coronavirus has triggered.

The just-purchased buildings have a combined 77,000 square feet, according to Santa Clara County property documents and commercial real estate listing services. SAP, a tech giant, is the tenant in the two buildings. by George Avalos — I pay them $10 a month now too.

edit to add: holy shit, there is a great annual report by Larry Stone’s office, 36 pages, linked to by the Mercury’s online edition with all kinds of cool info. Here are my quick notes:

But I was off a bit, in my headline and in what I tried to post but was censored from the PAW: Palo Alto has $42 BILLION in real estate assessed. Keep in mind that, especially due to Prop 13 — although Prop 15 on the ballot could provide redress — that tax values are much lower than market values. So saying Palo Alto is a billion dollar real estate industry (meaning per year) is easily supportable.

County wide the tax rolls went from $299 B in 2011 to $551B today, a delta of $252. That’s an 84 increase in nine measured year, or roughly 9 percent per year. This is the highest total capital in the 12 county Bay Area, but only the fifth greatest per capita. Whatever that could mean.Palo Alto is on the rolls for $42B combined, fourth in the County – but what is per capita?Twenty thousand parcels counted.Nearly $7B in exemptions. I.e. do not pay taxes.

Check back for updates. How come PAW isn’t covering this?

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