Category Archives: Plato’s Republic

pertaining to government, the public sector, governance, democracy, politics, issues pertaining to such, like “freedom of speech” concepts

Stanford victory parade: April 5, 2021

At first I thought the procession was for a fallen firefighter. Soon enough it dawned on me that this was a Covid-protocol social distance parade. I saw Tara Vanderveer with assistant Kate Paye, Haley Jones and others. Two or three … Continue reading

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Fieldwork regarding the skate park initiative in Palo Alto

Palo Alto City Council has agendized for next week, Monday, April 12, a discussion of skateboarding. There is also a memo written by members Alison Cormack and Greg Tanaka on the topic.What should we do with the Greer Park skateboard … Continue reading

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Oakland A’s swing for homers times 3,000

The A’s announced a plan with a baseball park, 3,000 homes and some shops. I haven’t swung a bat in about 10 years but have sat through 3,000 hours of development proposals here in Palo Alto. I should bone up … Continue reading

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325 Lytton, $20m; their tenant you’ve never heard of, $1.3b

Smart-home technology provider Plume Design Inc. joined the Bay Area’s unicorns Tuesday with a $270 million funding round. The Palo Alto company, which has largely flown under the radar despite its technology being used in some 22 millions homes, saw … Continue reading

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Maya Wiley endorsed by key union in NYC Mayoral race

Maya Wiley was in my advanced Spanish class freshman fall at Dartmouth, which for us was 19lkjdflkasjd, wljslkfjslkfas. Interestingly, she also achieved language proficiency in French as well. So to my mind, hearing of her work in politics I think … Continue reading

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Three quick takes from the SV Biz Journal

1) San Jose gets twice as much revenue from business tax than from TOT. They get $70 m per year in business tax. We get zero. It’s possible that we would get more than that, despite the population differences, as … Continue reading

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With five he got egg roll

George Shultz served five Republican presidents; Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, Bush and Bush.But his greatest accomplishment, in my book, was the pipeline he created between The White House and Chef Chu’s. I posted to this effect yesterday on the Palo Alto … Continue reading

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Let’s rename the park

Let’s rename the park, for a Black man.We’re all equal, not a sequel.With 2020 hindsight, we’d repair the funkAll the other parks, they want the darkness. We charge the poor to park the car,but we don’t tax the man, and … Continue reading

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‘Correct me if I get this wrong…’

At about 3:47:30 of last night’s Palo Alto City Council meeting, retread Pat Burt apropos of housing says “correct me if I get this wrong.”You are wrong. By historical standards, Pat Burt is not qualifed to be the dog catcher. … Continue reading

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Resign, recall, reflux

What a disturbing sight, of Pat Burt, the bullying, polluting, white supremacist retread being seated on council and foisted as a vice mayor!He should resign.We should recall him.He makes me gag. The Weekly, for whatever reasons, omitted numerous faults about … Continue reading

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