Category Archives: Plato’s Republic

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

Small world Palo Alto style

I agree with @Watson that the Palo Alto music scene, including events co-sponsored by or produced by The City of Palo Alto and using City facilities, featured more music from Africa, Brazil, sung in Spanish or Portuguese, using interesting poly-rhythyms … Continue reading

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Your karma ran over my dogma: Palo Alto’s corrupt leadership

Council will deliberate Tuesday an agenda item about term limits for commissioners, boards and committees- sometimes called “BCCs”. Generally speaking, leadership in Palo Alto comprises elected council members (seven, although it was nine until 2014), appointed BCCS (forty, although it … Continue reading

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Church service at City Hall on May 22, 2021 in possible violation of the First Amendment ‘No Establishment’ clause aka ‘separation of church and state’

I only have about 10 minutes this week to articulate what was bothering me so on Saturday (May 22, 2021) about a church service being held at City Hall. Here is the sign that was posted. Is this a permit? … Continue reading

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Let’s rename Foothills Park as a tribute to Al Young, of Palo Alto, the California poet laureate, who died last month

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 darks. We charge the poor to park the car,but we don’t tax the man, and drive … Continue reading

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Maybell aka ‘Orchard Park’ now epicenter for Palo Alto, Silicon Valley and civilization as we know it, according to the Chron

  Lauren Hepler of The Chron has a Page 1 story about Palo Alto and housing equity, pegged to the new homes hitting the market at the controversial Maybell site in South Palo Alto. Check back as I update about … Continue reading

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Deep understanding of the intersection of media, community, technology, infrastructure, real estate, politics and policy

Not necessarily in that order. Not necessarily. Ok, not. Fine. x

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Undefeated Gunn wins mythical City Championship: ‘Big Red’ football goes 5-0 under coach Miller, with Jackson and Erlan

Undefeated Gunn Titans win mythical City Championship: ‘Big Red’ football goes 5-0 Gunn after Cupertino game, April 17, 2021 including Erlan (79 second row, obscured) and Jackson #4, also obscured or his number is) Gunn beat Cupertino 65-21 last night … Continue reading

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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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