John McNellis is a former rower and a developer in Palo Alto, although he lives in Atherton. I run into him at a local coffee shop. He kindly posed for this photo during my campaign (see also the photo but not endorsement from Rich Kelley, son of the founder of Hare Brewer and Kelley, Ry Kelley)
McNellis is most famous for his role in Alma Plaza Alma Village. He also was instrumental in the recent ordinance banning amplified music at Lytton Plaza.
We need development, don’t get me wrong, but we need to vet each project and not kow tow to power. (And speaking of power I’d rather be back to back with this guy in a bar room brawl than virtually anybody on City Council — not that I know bubkas about bar room brawls; but I have hired security crews for about 300 small concerts for what that is worth; McNellis says he is a former rower and I believe him, take him at his word).