I re-watched parts of the interview Greg Tanaka, then a Palo Alto planning commissioner, did as a candidate for City Council with Bill Johnson of the Palo Alto Weekly, in 2016. What I remembered was that Greg kept avoiding Bill’s question. I went back to the interview after reading a bit about the lack of a grocery store in the office complex that replaced JJ & F Market. (Actually the most dramatic or bizarre part of the 2016 interview was over whether or not candidate Tanaka supported “the Downtown Cap” — a message in a bottle from years ago policy makers to today’s leadership reminding us that the Residents are primary over the Developers — which was basicially gutted and undermined when the Comp Plan was revised, rebuked — it was actually my own interview with Johnson during the 2014 elections when I whiffed at a chance to critique the project, when asked. I knew it was fishy, but did not grasp or could not recall the details).
The Voigt-Krampff test is to tell whether a subject was human or replicant — Android — robot. I guess I’m sort of a racist or playing to a trope to suggest that a Japanese guy is not very emotional (Cf, Jessica Yu, Inscrutable Films, reclaiming the slur). But it is also true, and I circulated my complaint privately, that Greg Tanaka more recently taped my interview with him, during his office hours — about public art — and cut me off just as I was explaining that my mother’s entering hospice is why I withdrew from the 2018 council race; then he edited the tape to conceal that fact; then, when I brought it up again recently, he had a high school kid reply on his behalf, to take down the tape. He has tapes of 100 such interviews. Not that he didn’t inform the subjects — his neighbors and constituents, just that its apriori creepy. The edit calls to mind both “deep fakes” a current topic and The Watergate Tapes.
Tanaka should not run for re-election.
Note: there is a discrepancy in the spelling of the test between the novel and the movie. Also, the term Bladerunner is not from the Dick book, it is from a 1974 novel about underground surgeons. It is also a pun on the German word for “remain calm”. And1: I used the term “Total Recall” a few cycles ago to suggest that Palo Altans could or should replace its elected leaders by off year petition. I think council has improved slighly in terms of represenation and response.