From “AKA Cassius Clay” (1970)
I heard back from first-time Palo Alto City Council candidate Raven Malone and left her a voicemail suggesting that she develop a plank regarding Ventura or the Fry’s site. I pointed out that Ventura may have been the home of as many as 100 Black Palo Alto families over the years and is still our most diverse neighborhood. I suggest that a park of 7 acres or more on the 39 acre up-zoned former Fry’s extended region would help all current Palo Altans who live there. In the enthusiasm of Black Lives Matter which by the way took out the political career of Mayor Adrian Fine — I thought he might’ve resigned and not just refused to run again—and that that alone would get him admitted to the Kennedy School— we could raise the bet to 40 acres and a pool.
Good luck, Ms. Malone.
(If you excuse the typical plastic alto digression and while Muhammad Ali Cassius Clay are on pause and I am taping the Democrats for when my wife Terry Acebo Davis gets home from working a long day in the emergency room reminds me of picturing my ex-girlfriend I’ll call her D— getting hit on in the parking lot of the Philadelphia whole foods by none other than Moses Malone. And worse than that because I had given up on the possibility of D and I having a future, I imagined reaching Moses by phone and offering to fly him out here to speak to the incipient group that wanted to honor Danny McCallister. Also a woman from the neighborhood and perhaps those 100 families, named Dina Philyaw or Radina Philyaw is a candidate for the arts commission I hope she makes it. I think she’s a former Gunn high school softball star. Also, and sadly only because a dog was mauled at Johnson Park by a pitbull, I met the longtime city employee and gunn high graduate from the same neighborhood Jeanette Washington.
Tre: Apropos of Ms. Philyaw I was thinking about the 1976 movie “bingo long and the traveling all stars…” about a barnstorming black baseball team. It starred Billy Dee Williams and Richard Pryor but also former Cleveland Indians slugger Leon daddy wags Wagner who was 42 at the time.
Raven is having a kickoff event Saturday 2 p.m. here, on the internet.