Dave Price is a big fat idiot
Dave Price in today’s Post has a column about the upcoming elections. Dave Price who has banned me from his pages and refused to run my mother’s death notice (Barbara Hayms Weiss 1931-2018) I called him a big fat idiot because it was in reference to Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken. This was before Al Franken pretended to squeeze some lady’s (bosom).-1 In Palo Alto the residentialists were 1964 or so, three activists who were opposing corporate hegemony. A senior member of management became mayor of Palo Alto and pushed through a plan to remove 100 homes from Oregon Avenue and toss them into the bay such that his workers could get to work on (his) time. What’s good for Hewlett-Packard is good for Palo Alto. The countervailing response is that we the people have the right to self-govern even if we are not millionaires, billionaires centibillionaires or trillionaires. One of those three people invited me into her living room and showed me clippings from 50 years before and explained this all to me. So I wrote what I called “the new residentialist platform” which at the time meant opposing John Arrillaga’s plan to turn El Camino Park into a monument to his awesomeness in the form of an office tower with a theater in the basement and a million tons of cement. (Which triggered a Grand Jury Report).
There were only six people running for four seats and and I came in last but got 6,000 votes without spending a reportable dime. (I spent a couple nonreportable dimes, or ten thousand of them).
So it is not true that Palo Alto’s residentialists are NIMBYs they just oppose Citizen’s United . We would approve housing in our backyard if we knew it was vetted by leadership who were responsive to or a representative of us.
And yes Rebecca Eisenberg is both pro housing and a residentialist, and she is not lying.
Rebecca sometimes praises Mr. Price for his paper’s coverage of various issues despite the way he treated her when she ran and got 8,000 votes and was nearly elected (I got 8,000 votes in three tries although I’m probably the most popular candidate in recent history on a cost basis in that I spent less than $.25 per vote).
Although Dave Price has programmed his computer to automatically delete my emails to anyone on his staff he likely also searches for himself on Google so he knows that he is still a big fat idiot.
By the way I supported my Dartmouth colleague Kirsten Gillibrand when she ran for president and she said that if Al Franken was innocent he would’ve fought harder for his seat.
Have a good week everybody but Dave Price
coda: Braden Cartwright of the post shot a photo of my Earthwise Will Bernard concert at Lytton Plaza on Flag Day and then interviewed me both about my concert series and about the death of Gerber Sani who overdosed April 1 right before one of my concerts and I was potentially one of the last people he ever spoke to. His last words may have been “soccer makes me very excited”. He should’ve said “I think someone put fentanyl in my OxyContin”.
1- previous version of this used a more casual or vulgar term for secondary sex characteristic of a female which I think also was on the list of George Carlin‘s seven words you cannot say on the Internet. my problem with Mr. Price is that he is misanthropic and sensationalistic with his journalism and quite pompous; I’m sure I probably weigh as much as he does.