I noticed that there is a meeting tonight at Belle Haven center in nearby Menlo Park, an outreach to an effort to update the Menlo Park Comp Plan or General Plan, called ConnectMenlo, and posted to inMenlo the question on whether it is a coincidence that both neighboring cities are updating their plans or could it be a push by industry to intensify the already intense rapid changes, regionally?
My headline is obscure, referencing a dystopian Sci-fi film of the 1970s and shows by fairly obvious cynicism about local leadership, or the power of the special interest multi-billion dollar local building industry to dictate local self-quasi-governance. (“Soylent Green”).
I was also thinking recently about Judy Kleinberg, a former mayor, now head of Palo Alto Chamber I caught, as did 200 or more others saying, I guess apropos of SAP Labs, the $10 B German software company with offices on Deer Creek AND NOW at The Varsity “corporations are people, too!” and the Albert Finney I think book that became a movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” which I and my former Dartmouth film professor Al LaValley read as allegory about group-think and McCarthyism and “don’t let the pods get you.”
Don’t let the pods get you, Judy Kleinberg. People are people, corporations are devices controlled by the ultra-rich to increase their power over the rest of us, and manipulate actual people, or people like me, not part of the Point Point One Percent.
For my stalkers, or the pods, I will be at Rania Matar lecture of Muslim Feminist Art at Stanford and then maybe the Palo Alto Public Art commission (which has two intriguing new commissioner applicants, Lenore Gordon and Mila Zelkha) but I’d also like to catch a wee bit of March Madness hoops, even at the indignity of a $7.75 Guinness pint at the Old Pro, and also “Leviathon” for what it might say or cause in Putin Russia and also I liking the true story of the Japanese lady who dies looking for Fargo buried treasure.
Judy Kleinberg here looks like “final girl“. She’s actually undressing a group of tech wannabes and coffee drinkers at 456 University soft opening.
and1: and this is a thread too far: but “final girl” is a concept developed by a feminist author who noted a sexism in horror movies. In the 1990s in Berkeley a group of feminist activists and folk singers, Andrea Pritchett, Eve Decker and TK, started a band under that name but were asked by the author of the book on the subject to not muddy the waters so they changed to Rebecca Riots. But now there is a film called “Final Girl” referencing the same material, so who knows. Coincidentally, Greg Kalin, whose search-thread led me to the starting point of this post, and inMenlo, has a business that references women’s fashion. Coincidence, or conspiracy? (it is true that I inquired about that pod of chairs at 456, with Sinjay Sirole, before he sat down across from where I did, although I spoke to him first).
andand: I first met Judy Kleinberg here, when as Safer Summer she was booking high school bands onto Bryant Street, the former Just Desserts.