The Great Democracy Tap-Out (of Palo Alto) revisited

It’s 9:30 on a Monday in 2018, and two of the characters from my 2011 opus “The Great Democracy Tap Out (Of Palo Alto)” are reprising their roles, surrounded by seven new leaders. In 2011, Karen Holman alone voted against the large phone company’s colonization of our brains and poles, while Greg Scharff, the real estate lawyer and landlord (who I admit I voted for in 2014, and told him so) was pro-Corporate. So far, Lydia Kou is sounding like she hears us. My best guess on Tanaka, Filseth, Kniss (who made a guest appearance in 2011, but was not on that dias that night) and Fine is yes to VeryBig. Dubois is pro-people but he’s also very pro-tech. Stay tuned.

Here’s a screen capture of the 150 or so words I got thru in my one minute of free speech and civic engagement (there were roughly 40 speakers, so we were cut from 3 to 2 to 1).

I might have gotten thru more words but I was thinking of Aleta Hayes telling me to speak like I’m addressing a child.

Thanks to David Carnahan for plugging my magic box in to the system.

I sent two versions of letters on this topic, or these words, to Council which should appear in next week’s packet, lwatcdr.

In a better world, say, where people like me get three or four minutes to speak, I would have shouted out to Brian X.  Gaul my freshman roommate who is Assistant General Counsel for the same company, in DC and I wanted to, even in my 1 minute, express my condolences for the record regarding the loss of his beloved wife Eleonora “Sunshine”.

I was psyched to re-meet and hear speak Dr. Cindy Russell who in 1993 noticed I was carrying Jerry Mander “Absence of the Sacred” and put me in charge, for her Earth Day event, Earthwise Traditions, a happy accident that birthed Earthwise Productions and 25 years of pushing a boulder up a hill and watching it roll back, or rock and roll back.

Graphic or screen capture of below’s 2011 version of this. Somewhere I also read up and cut and pasted Santayana about history and infantile savages:


This is 350 words plus a picture of another 200 or so words. Very PoMo.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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