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Lydia Kou joins Palo Alto's council race

Original post made on Jul 22, 2014

The race for the Palo Alto City Council heated up Tuesday as two more residents declared their intentions to run for a seat in November, raising the number of candidates to 10 and further underscoring community anxieties about new developments.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 6:05 PM

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Posted by Thanks Lydia!
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Thank you for running Lydia. Along with Dubois and Filseth, there are now three slam dunk "yes" votes to cast. Not sure about frederich or if Holman can be trusted after Maybell, but for now they are the "best of the rest."

And I would hardly call Marc Berman a data-driven voter. He takes care of his developer and union friends and twists himself in knots to cherry pick whatever data might back his position. He and Kniss need to be neutralized this election, by putting their fellow developer candidates Shepherd and Scharff out of a job and electing pro resident candidates in their place.

Lydia is perfect for the job!


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Posted by Greenacres
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Thank you for running, Lydia. I know how much you care about the future of Palo Alto.

Reminder to all: you do not have to use up all 5 of your votes just because there are 5 choices. We do not have ranked choice voting, so a vote for a so-so candidate could nullify your vote for a great candidate, since the other side may also include the so-so candidate in their slate.

If you have three strong choices but aren't strongly in favor of the rest, if you cast those other two votes, you may end up giving those candidates a chance to beat your favorites. Until we get ranked-choice voting in this town, the best way to vote is ONLY for those candidates you really, really want in office, even if you don't use all your votes. Otherwise, it's conceivable everyone's 2nd choices will end up getting the most votes and bumping out the favorites.


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Posted by common sense
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I'll be voting for Lydia Kou, Tom DuBois, Eric Filseth & Karen Holman.

Gennady - you say that Scharf, Kniss are critical of the PC process; please name the PC zoning projects that Scharf or Kniss or Shepard voted against. I can't think of one. All I remember is that Scharf justified increasing zoning density for the underparked Lytton Gateway project by saying that the building itself was the public benefit (this comment was supported by Nancy Shepard).

And Scharf, Kniss & Shepard all supported Measure D, which proposed increasing zoning density along a Safe Schools Route.

And Scharf, Kniss & Shepard voted a variance for a downtown project to exceed the 50 foot height limit.

And Scharf, Kniss & Shepard all voted to allow sign ordinances to be violated by several different businesses.

And Scharf & Shepard had non-public meetings on transferring land that was supposed to dedicated parkland.

And Scharf & Shepard had non-public meetings on a proposal for 100 feet high buildings at 27 University.

So please provide some facts that show Scharf & Shepard have been "cautious on new developments and their impacts on local neighborhoods'.


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Posted by Carlos
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 22, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Just remember this when you vote: only Kou, DuBois and Filseth sided w/ the concerned neighbors when issues were raised about the Maybell development. It was an uphill battle that we eventually won, and these candidates have won the right to represent us in the council.


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Posted by Frank
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm

While Lydia has been a stalwart on the Emergency Prep front, I don't think she has the personality to operate positively as a Council member. From what I've heard and seen up close, she's very, very opinionated on so many issues. Once she has her opinion, she is unwilling to listen to other, differing views on topics. So, she would be a polarizing figure, unable to work constructively with others, including staff. If peope want someone who will just reflexively vote NO for development of any kind, then she's your candidate - if you want someone thoughtful and insightful, someone who is willing to consider a range of views and incorporate new ideas before making up her mind, then you should vote for someone else. I know I will.


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Posted by No-Thanks-Lydia
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

> She was a leading organizer of Quakeville,

She's lost my support with this silliness. Got to wonder if she has any idea what a real emergency is, or how a regional response might work.

This election is drawing out people on the extreme edges of PA. It's very likely that the Council will be worse than this one.


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Posted by Thank God
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I don't know Lydia, but from these statements, she seems like exactly the sort of candidate I would be happy to support. Some of these other residentialists also seem promising. At last, we have some candidates who are not bought and paid for by devleopers and unions. At last, most Palo Altans may finally get a voice in their own city.


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Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:09 pm

@Frank: Thanks for your posting about Lydia's personality, including, "If people want someone who will just reflexively vote NO for development of any kind, then she's your candidate." Increased traffic and overdevelopment is my biggest concern now, so I will most likely vote for her. In fact, an 18-year old who resists overdevelopment could run and I'd vote for him. Her history shows clearly she is no fraud in her beliefs. In the last 5 years, traffic has grown to be frustrating, especially because it's cut-through traffic, not Palo Alto residents. Hardly any students are clogging up Embarcadero and Churchill in the mornings - it's all single-driver cars - people driving to work.

@Greenacres: Thank you for your tip: " . . . you do not have to use up all 5 of your votes just because there are 5 choices." How many seats are open?


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Posted by Wait nd see
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I'm going to listen carefully, though that's never the whole story. I had decided not to vote for anyone who is deeply involved in development or real estate (like Berman, Scharff, and a couple of Planning Commissioners).
But Lydia is a Realtor at Alain Pinel Realtors and that gives me pause.


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Posted by Greenacres
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm

@Frank,
Having worked with and argued with Lydia, I disagree. Lydia is someone who has ethics and backbone, which we desperately need on council. She is someone who WILL change her mind, but she has high standards and wants lots of info, and yes, she will make you work for it. That's a good thing, IMO. I find her very willing to look at different sides of an issue, but she's also willing to take a stand for good reasons.

People who have never been active in community organization have no idea how hard it is and may find it easy to be armchair critics. Lydia has been willing to take on those roles to help our citizens think about and prepare for emergencies. I am grateful she is willing to give her time for the benefit of our City. I also think her skills and personality will complement others. (If everyone on the Council is exactly the same, we get an echo chamber.)

I am happy to support Eric Filseth, Lydia Kou, and Tom Du Bois for Council. I am still thinking about Holman.


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Posted by Greenacres
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:19 pm

@Palo Alto native,
There are 5 seats open. (I hope people will remember the same for the School Board election, please vote only for the candidate(s) you really, really want to see on the board.)

Last year, Lydia was the one person who was willing and able to look up the information on which properties had been PC zoned in the last several years and distribute it, etc. I think she has a valuable background and knowledge set to help us get a handle on how to get the big picture on growth and the future of this town. I have always found her truthful, even in a disagreement, which I appreciate.


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Posted by Greenacres
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:33 pm

No matter what short-term issues people have, the next Council will be decided our Comprehensive Plan. Eric Filseth, Tom DuBois, and Lydia Kou so far are the best hope we have that it won't be undermined and hijacked by development interests. That document is our vision for our city's future, and will be there long after the next Council is gone, and we don't want it boobytrapped in favor of overdeveloment.

Development interests will always be able to advocate for themselves, but citizens have no other protection. A sane Comprehensive Plan is our only hope for balancing all the pressures that would sell off our quality of life for their own interests into the future.

I know full well I'm not going to agree with everything they decide in the coming years, but if they get on the Council, I will at least know there will be honest, intelligent brokers who care about Palo Alto helping to establish a resident-first Comprehensive Plan. This is, in my opinion, the single most important issue in selecting candidates in November.


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Posted by Voter
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 23, 2014 at 12:04 am

Thank you Lydia for committing your time to serve the residents of Palo Alto. You have my vote (along with Tom Dubois and Eric Filseth). I hope two more PASZ members run, so I won't have to decide whether to leave the last two votes blank or vote for Holman and/or one/two of the new candidates. Clearly, Scharff ("The building is the benfit") and Shepherd ("don't bully me into not giving my developer friends favors") need to be shown the door.


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Posted by Sea Seelam Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 23, 2014 at 4:09 am

Lydia

Welcome to the city council race and congratulate you for your contribution to the community.

Look forward to knowing/meeting you in the coming weeks

Regards


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2014 at 8:44 am

Lydia and Richard, thank you both for being willing to run for Council.

It takes time and effort to do this and regardless of the outcome, I am so pleased that people are willing to do this for our town.


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Posted by John94306
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2014 at 8:46 am

John94306 is a registered user.

Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning!

Kou, DuBois and Filseth have my vote.

But who else do THEY support? (if anyone else)


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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:54 am

Glad to see how this Council race is shaping up. For the first time in a long time we have some real choices as opposed to candidates that are essentially "more of the same". It's encouraging to think that we may finally have a new sort of City Council.


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Posted by PolicySage
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:57 am

Lydia Kou is a fine choice. Don't listen to the [portion removed] who say she is anything but a sensible, middle of the road, professional woman who has the needs of the community in mind. Thanks for running, Lydia!


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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm


Having worked Lydia Kou on the BPA Board for seven years, I can say I've never before seen such energetic, enthusiastic commitment toward uniting our community. Lydia has a unique grasp of what's really happening in our Barron Park neighborhood, and in the city of Palo Alto overall. This has been apparent in her leadership on citywide emergency preparedness, and her involvement in local development issues. I have complete faith in her to make fair decisions on my behalf as a council member.
I'm also very impressed with the priorities of Eric Filseth and Tom DuBois.
I will be voting for Lydia Kou, Eric Filseth and Tom DuBois this November 4th.

Nancy


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Posted by Janet
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Will Lydia Kou oppose car campers in PA, and push for implementation of the current law? Our neighborhoods cannot be protected until car camping is banned.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of University South
on Jul 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Wow, that's quite an echo chamber. I don't normally read the comments under articles but the uniformity of opinions here makes me wonder if this is a deliberate campaign rather than a spontaneous outpouring....

No matter what happens during the campaign, we have to think harder about the future of this community. Palo Alto does have a unique character that should be protected. However, we don't get to set the growth policies or economic conditions for the region. If we don't allow for sensible planning and growth, then the very essence of our charm will be lost. Young couples, families, and the middle class will be squeezed out and the only people living here will be retirees and tech billionaires. I image that will change the character of the town as well.


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Posted by Jim Colton
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I have worked with Lydia in the Emergency Services Volunteer program and in the campaign against Measure D. She sets high goals for herself and works very hard to achieve them. She is wholly transparent as to what her goals are and why she wants to accomplish them. She is honest and forthright in her dealings with everyone, even those she may not agree with. She is a super organizer and motivator. Finally, she actually listens to her "constituents" before adopting a position. I'm not at all surprised by the outpouring of support for Lydia as a candidate for City Council. She'll get my vote as well as that of many of my neighbors.


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Posted by Rupert of henzau
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

"Holman, the council's leading skeptic when it comes to new development and downtown growth, and Fredrich both supported the Maybell development but are otherwise opposed to dense new projects."
But, as you state, Holman was in favor of Maybell. She also,voted for,the expensive remodel of the city council chambers.

"Underscoring the overlap in their positions, Holman is joining DuBois and Filseth at a private "meet the candidates" party this Wednesday."
Pray tell. Provide with more information about this " private" party. Was only the good old boy network invited ( together with their spokesman- the weekly?)

Now that Holman is running for reelection will the weekly be looking into her financial disclosures? Holman claimed she got $10-100k in 2013. Then when the issue became public she denied receiving anything that year in finders fees. Which is true? Was the disclosure made under oath? Does the weekly really care or...............

Way to,early to tell if Ms Kou is worthy of serving on the council.


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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Mark Dinan is a registered user.

I've known Lydia Kou professionally since 2009. She is great! Smart, high energy, and extremely knowledgeable about local affairs. Palo Alto would be lucky to have her on City Council.


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Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Appeals court panel ends L.A. ban on homeless living in vehicles

June 19, 2014: For the second time in two years, a federal appeals court has struck down a key enforcement tool in Los Angeles' efforts to deal with burgeoning homelessness, declaring a ban on living in vehicles an invitation to discriminate against the poor.
Web Link


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Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm

@pat: All other surrounding cities prohibit vehicle dwelling. How are these other cities continuing their bans? Palo Alto should not be expected to save the nation. We pay high mortgages/rents for a good quality of life and should not be expected to live amongst the homeless who have plenty of opportunities that people in developing countries can only dream of.


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Posted by Karen
a resident of Southgate
on Jul 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm

YAHOOO Lydia! So excited you are willing to join the Council! This city needs 8 more hardworking, honest and personable council members with upstanding standards...just like you!! I've loved working with you over the past 15+ years and am most happy to vouch for your integrity, dedication and honesty! And, because you are a Realtor is no reason to doubt your passion for this city!! You have never bowed down to the developers! You certainly have my vote!!


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Posted by Rupert of henzau
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 23, 2014 at 5:07 pm

PA native:
Web Link
"The attorneys contend that this argument -- other cities have such ordinances and so should Palo Alto – is a misrepresentation. While most cities do indeed have restrictions, Palo Alto's new law is both broader and more punitive than those elsewhere, LeRoy said. In Mountain View and Menlo Park, for instance, vehicle bans are limited to residential areas (in Menlo Park, this includes 300 feet within a residential zone). In Los Altos, it is illegal to "stop, stand or park a vehicle" for longer than 30 minutes between 2 and 6 a.m., when a notice is posted on the block. Palo Alto's law, meanwhile, applies to all streets, all the time."


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm

I am still troubled by the dissonance between the Maybell debate and the Buena Vista Mobile Park. I would think that the consistent stance would be to resist upzoning on both sites. Why don't more of the PASZ or referendum backers step up and try to help Winter Dellenbach help the Buena Vista Residents buy themselves out of their jam?

Why doesn't current (albeit lame duck) leadership -- Council, commissioners, staff -- help broker this deal?

It's the right thing.

I like Lydia, she helped my brother sell his house. On a sort of referral from me.

Good luck in the race.

Mark Weiss


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Posted by Sigh
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm

So many good people coming forth to run, but so sad that they do not realize they are diluting the vote and thus paving the way for the incumbents. Do you not realize that a large proportion of the PA citizens pay no attention and will simply vote for the names they recognize? If all of you with similar, residentialist views lined up behind one or two candidates, and used your influence to get them elected, they could in turn use their good record to get you elected in the next round.

The lack of teamwork among people who supposedly care about the same things is the only thing that stands out to me, and that is exactly what will hand this election back to the incumbents you, and many of us, want to eliminate.

Show you can think and care, and sacrifice for the Palo Alto team, or show you are individuals with your own agenda - just like the incumbents we want to remove.

This comment is not directed at just the candidates called out in this article, but all of the candidates that are running for City Council. Consider your motivation and how best to see success. A large part of my voting consideration will be based on how well candidates integrated with others and how many candidates abandoned their candidacy in support of other, stronger but like-minded candidates.

Without a coordinated and targeted set of candidates, we will end up with a random set of individuals, mostly incumbents and some decided along ethnic lines that have nothing to do with qualifications, sitting on our City Council.

I challenge all of the candidates to prove they are putting the best interests of Palo Alto first, by aligning with other candidates of the same mindset and consolidating behind one or two candidates, ensuring at least one or two of you are elected. From there you can help get other, like-minded citizens elected and change the way this city operates for the good.

As a bunch of individuals, most of whom are largely unheard of, you serve no purpose other than to dilute the vote and ensure the will of the voters is NOT realized. Shame on you for pursuing only your own agenda - but I guess that is always the case with politics.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 24, 2014 at 12:19 am

Sigh, if that's your real name, you are saying that Democracy is hard work?


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Posted by Greenacres
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 24, 2014 at 1:58 am

@Mark,
No, I think Sigh is saying that sometimes strategy is necessary to win elections, and with our Comprehensive Plan revision at stake, this is an especially critical election - teaming up to be sure we beat the incumbents is probably the best strategy.

Per BV - exactly what else do you want from people, Mark? Measure D people reached out before and after the election because it would have been easy to rally people then and effective if we have joined up and demanded the Council help at BV, but Yes D people needed their pound of flesh. I have felt downright abused trying to reach out, even as No people willing to put funds into helping at BV were asking how they could help. Despite the outright animosity from yes people, PASZ had Winter give a presentation, and though it doesn't make many public statements, it has come out in favor of helping BV. If not for the referendum, you know very well Prometheus would not have withdrawn and would expect to upzone, and that money in the affordable housing fund would not be available. (Me, personally, I never understood why Yes people prioritized Maybell over BV, at least in practical terms.) PASZ webmaster has put up and maintains the friends of BV website. Many if us have taken lots of time trying to reach out to Winter (some people she's forgiven, some like me she just continues to ignore despite my reaching out several times); Alice Smith recently posted her ongoing scorn that anyone after Maybell would try to reach out to help at BV.

Winter is the lead, and she is clearly working hard. Me, personally, I am willing to do what she asks, wrote letters when she asked, tried to write online when the few detractors start dumping all over residents. No one, and I mean no one on the Yes side even acknowledges my letters to this day, and they take me not a small amount of time to write. I do not want to do anything to undermine what Winter is doing; most of us do what we can with no guidance and a lot of animus still from the yes side. I don't even like communicating this way because I feel like we would all be so much more powerful in this situation with the City if they thought we had joined forces. The best momentum was after the election, though, and the strident animus from the yes side hasnt helped.

You can't abuse people and expect them to go hang out with you. That's not really the way most of this community works anyway. If Winter has a plan, a path to saving the park, and needs support to make it happen, most No on D people want to help. It would probably help if you drop the animus, though, at some point, people just think, why bother?

Want to help more? Volunteer to lead to put together a crowdfunding site to invest in saving affordable housing. Will you do it? Please contact the webmaster through paloaltoville, to connect with others.


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Posted by Lydia Kou
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 24, 2014 at 6:25 am

Dear All,

Thank you for your encouragements, kind words, advice and comments. I take it all to mind and heart and will give it considerable thought.

For more information or to contact me, please visit my website www.lydiakou.com

Also, I wanted to point out that my family and I moved to Palo Alto in 1998, not 1988.

Kindest regards,
Lydia


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:19 am

I'm not sure what part of Greenacres assessment is directed at me versus Winter -- and I am sorry Lydia that, as is the nature of the internet, this is a digression from a discussion of what you are adding to the process -- and I look forward to re-meeting you and finding common ground, that we can work on together -- my recollection of you makes me think you would be a delight to work with -- I don't know what you mean by "abusive". I can flame like the best of them, like a Rachel Kushner character on a desert-rocket, but in real life I am quite accommodating and conscientious. I've met Winter a few times -- but might not recognize her if she is indeed sitting at this moment three tables over from me, at Peet's on Charleston -- but her name precedes her and I recognize her voice, from listening to her speeches (over the radio, 90.1) to Council and her op eds. She is a tough cookie.

I don't want anything from anybody, that has been a hallmark of my campaign (singular, over three election cycles and ongoing). I am speaking my conscience, as I was trained by my teachers, my rabbi, my mentors, things I've read, what I've seen my parents do. I would love it if 500 like-minded Palo Altans similarly "join the fray" (as GS of the Weekly termed my act, in a not flattering account). It's not so much, to my mind, if the Residentialists pick up one, two or three votes, or take back the majority, but that more Palo Altans, in the sense that Thoreau described years ago in his famous essay, speak up, speak truth to power, go to meetings, call or text their friends, have a word with this commissioner or council member they might know, lean in, whatever you call it. Democracy does not work as a vacuum. Or, if you permit me book reference number three -- and I am an English major form Dartmouth -- read George Packer (Gunn 1978), "The Unwinding".

Looking forward to seeing Lydia and John...

sorry for the speech...

But short answer: the industry is very organized and very incentivized. Commercial real estate here is a billion dollar enterprise. Per year. But there are more of us so in the end we will take back the city. The election cycle however is more like a horse-race so yeah there will be some infighting and it will take a while to get sorted. But we will be stronger than just letting PASZ set the agenda.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

Re-reading the Paloaltoville site, they do mention Buena Vista as a topic on their agenda, my previous post would not indicate.

Palo Alto is under attack on about 50 fronts so it is hard to choose your battles.

Leadership here tends to frame the issues quite narrowly so as to influence what possible reactions might be. The Our Palo Alto / scoping / Comp Plan meetings I've been to are evidence of that. Who sets that agenda????


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:29 am

Also: what would change if people started posting over their own names?


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Posted by another res
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

Mark Weiss,

"I don't want anything from anybody, that has been a hallmark of my campaign"

You must want something, or why enter an election, even if "all" you wanted was what is best for something, that's still something. You seem to want to be heard at least.

You said "I don't know what you mean by "abusive"" but I can't find where the word "abusive" was previously brought up - it makes your entire post sound confusing.


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Posted by Thanks Frank
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

@Frank, dead on assessment of Lydia. Tom & Eric, yes; Lydia, no.


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Posted by neighor
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:29 pm

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Posted by thank you Lydia
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

In my experience, Lydia is one of the least judgmental people that I know. I have only known her for about two years and my experience is through volunteer work. She took on jobs in the project and went beyond her job in a very professional way. My impression is that she did more than she was asked, took up slack for others and was always pleasant and willing to move forward. Maybe some people find that aggressive; I find it refreshing.

The one thing that I noticed about Lydia is that she is passionate about Palo Alto and the quality of the neighborhoods. She does know a lot about the City and how quickly things are changing. One of her reasons for running for Council is to preserve the quality of Palo Alto in the way that makes sense for all of Palo Alto. She sees what developers are doing to this city and would like for neighborhoods to have better control of their space.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

I'll answer the comment directed to me on my own blog.

Good luck Lydia Kuo. I look forward to seeing you at events and working with you, for our community.

Mark Weiss
your neighbor, briefly, on Chimalus


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

"What I Want and What I Got"
Web Link


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Posted by CW
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2014 at 1:24 am

It will be interesting to see which of these "Residentialists" sit down with the unions and accept their support. Not only is growth unsustainable, but so are our city salaries and pensions.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

For the record, I was the only one among 12 council candidates and 6 PAUSD board candidates to go to the Labor Council briefing session, if that says anything. I actually kind of grilled the three different panels there about labor issues and how Palo Alto says them.

For the record, and sorry to post on Lydia's site -- someone asked -- and I did meet with Lydia the other day and saw her at three other events, and John -- I would accept a Labor endorsement or from a specific union but will not sign a contract or ask or consider a quid pro quo. And I do not, unique about these 18 public figures and want to be's, I DO NOT accept campaign contributions. In sympathy with Citizens United and McCutcheon, or the backlash and fight, rather.

I was the first Palo Altan on record about problems with Citizens United ruling.


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Posted by Cindy J
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Was thrilled to see Lydia Kou's sign in the neighborhood. I know her only by her deeds which have been admirable and showed a great care for the neighborhood and city. I plan to help out in this campaign.


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