My rap on Cari Templeton campaign that the Weekly hides or deletes

Of the twenty comments so far, mine are the only ones that come from someone who signs their name. Of my three comments, two are behind a fire wall — I don’t even remember what I wrote and cannot access it, though I believe I am a registered user — and one was deleted entirely.

On one hand the Weekly is influential: several cycles in a row, they either predicted all the exact winners of the council race or their readers elected the winners. Maybe it’s still true, I forget (I’m talking 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016 maybe 2018).

Yet I think the Weekly is doing a disservice in both permitting anonymous posters — and outright trolls — and, my obvoius self-interest, deleting me.

In my own blog – -what, am I a competitor? — I mentioned Cari once and lauded her (“she’s a comer” meaning on the rise). I was actually talking about sitting thru five hours of public hearings and only newly elected Alison Cormack and I were in attendence. I wrote about how I thought Michelle Kraus and Rebecca Eisenberg were by far the most qualified but neither got the votes (though two female candidates, maybe it was three, did, meaning CT and and least one other, a female attorney– I don’t know these people).

Anyhow I wish her luck. I am Residentialist or New Residentialist meaning I’ve read or met or was given advice –short of ever getting an endorsement — from Pearson, Wetzell and Tom Jordan — the 1964 Oregon Expressway / Recall Residentialists and CT is pro-growth though also a progressive, so for me it’s a hard sell.

But I also believe BLM and the rally last Saturday could be game changers across many planks and platforms.
By the way, Palo Alto has had several black electeds but never an out of closet gay or lesbian.
I think the BLM followers here are positive and I only saw one anti-Israel t-shirt (my view: although Jews like our local leaders at Beth Am marched with MLK and lead on Civil Rights there is a schism on the left and a lot of blacks are both anti-Semitic and anti-Israel — sadly — although it’s worse overseas where Far Left people literally say “Jews = Nazis”.

Where would CT stand on a plank to replace proposed housing in Ventura with a 40-acre park to honor our history of inclusion and diversity? (When Sobrato bought Fry’s 14 acres, I suggested a 7-acre park — if they gave us a park, they’d probably get it back denser somewhere else?)
Where does CT stand on taxing unicorns like Palantir, or large companies like HP or maybe a special levy on our rich uncle Leland, the $18 billion of leaseholds at Stanford Industrial Park?

what about voluntary cap on spending? $25K?

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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