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Fine, DuBois to lead Palo Alto council in 2020

New mayor vows to focus on housing, transportation and economic vitality

by Gennady Sheyner

Adrian Fine, one of Palo Alto's most passionate housing advocates, will have a chance to directly shape the City Council agenda this year after his colleagues chose him Monday to serve as mayor in 2020.

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135 people like this
Posted by yuck
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 6, 2020 at 9:02 pm

The thought of a pro-development PAF member as mayor of Palo Alto makes me want to barf...


26 people like this
Posted by Ken Horowitz
a resident of University South
on Jan 6, 2020 at 9:19 pm

Congratulations to new mayor Fine. As also a renter and concerned about housing in Palo Alto, I was very happy about your
election by the City Council. It was well deserved and I know you will do a great job!


111 people like this
Posted by Fine is Not Pro-Renter
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 6, 2020 at 9:30 pm

Fine voted AGAINST renter protections in Palo Alto, more than once I believe. He also did not support using the former VTA parking lot for affordable housing, which is the type of housing we most desperately need. Fine is no friend of renters. He is a friend of developers.


77 people like this
Posted by Independent
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on Jan 6, 2020 at 9:41 pm

No to Adrian Fine and soviet style diktats! Yes to the free market, private property rights, and liberty.


117 people like this
Posted by Another Giveaway
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2020 at 12:26 am

Just about everything that is wrong with Palo Alto can be traced back to the corrupt relationship between the real-estate industry and politicians. Our city government has been turned into little more than a chamber of commerce for the real-estate industry.


79 people like this
Posted by It’s Tanaka
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2020 at 7:21 am

Not enough emphasis on councilman Tanaka’s bold abstention - twice! He tied up the first vote that resulted in Cormack capitulating. If he were wily he could be a centrist swing vote with the power that brings, but I doubt that will happen.

The fact that DuBois was supremely more qualified than newbie Cormack for Vice Mayor was clear, but Kniss and Fine seldom first think of what is best for residents and the city, but of what primarily best promotes their Silicon Valley development agenda.


78 people like this
Posted by Civil Discourse
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 7, 2020 at 7:22 am

A few days ago, then Palo Alto Mayor Erik Filseth wrote an opinion piece in the Palo Alto Daily in which he argued that tech companies should fully mitigate their impacts on towns and cities. On twitter, “Palo Alto YIMBY” called it a “Garbage Galaxy Brain take on SB 50 from our mayor, a retired tech executive.” Now, whether or not you support SB 50, I hope you will agree that this is not a very productive tweet. As of now, it has 25 likes. Most of those who did like it don’t live in Palo Alto, by the way. But let’s talk about those Palo Alto residents who did like it. We have Planning Commissioner Cari Templeton. We have Planning Commission candidate Angie Evans. And, we have Silicon Valley Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Gina Dalma. How are these community leaders contributing to a meaningful dialogue when they encourage this kind of sophomoric ad-hominem rather than meaningful discussion? And, does our new mayor plan to encourage his supporters to move beyond this kind of rhetoric?


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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2020 at 7:49 am

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I think the annual practice of deciding priorities is a problem that stands in the way of progress. Our priorities should be constant, like a mission statement. Annual goals should support the priorities. What does the City value most? Commercial development? Education? A functional infrastructure? Public safety? Diversity (of all sorts, including economic)? Housing? Economic viability?

Every year CC holds a special meeting to determine priorities that inevitably reflect the new mayor's mindset on various issues. After that, CC has about 11 months (effectively more like 10) to accomplish whatever it is they have decided to do. Sometimes progress is made, but more often the big issues remain unfinished. Example: grade separation. I think we'd be better off if we figured out what our long term priorities are and then set annual goals that support those priorities.

And make the annual planning meeting one that is exclusively for CC and the public. Have the City Manager and Staff weigh in another time. So often we hear the City Manager advise what Staff cannot do. It is important to know that of course, but the public and CC should drive what the City's priorities and annual goals are, not the City Manager and Staff. It often seems like the tail wags the dog in Palo Alto. I think it's time to reverse that.


38 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jan 7, 2020 at 9:36 am

As to comment by “civil discourse”
I am shocked that a seated planning commissioner who has appeared to conduct herself with decorum would “like “ such a facile and polarizing comment. I agree it was a personal attack rather than a thoughtful disagreement.
Politics and civic leadership is meant to inclusive
Giving a “thumbs up” to that kind of comment is the opposite.... it is bullying and degrading the thoughtful work of others


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 7, 2020 at 9:50 am

Online Name is a registered user.

Re civil discourse, young Mr. Fine has a vivid history of being arrogant, divisive, rude and dismissive of residents and facts running counter to his his agenda -- sort of like his mentor Ms Kniss denying we have a traffic problem.

We deserve much better.


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Posted by Eric Rosenblum
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 7, 2020 at 10:01 am

Congratulations to both Fine and DuBois. Both have put in many years of service to our community, and both should be thanked.

I am personally excited that Fine, as a tireless housing and public transportation advocate, got the nod. Housing cost/ availability and gridlock are top issues for our community, and the two issues are tightly intertwined. He'll be a great leader to make progress on both.


40 people like this
Posted by Kudos to Cormack
a resident of University South
on Jan 7, 2020 at 10:28 am

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For recognizing the depth of Dubois' commitment and experience. When you have good people who work together respectfully, even and especially when disagreeing, you get better outcomes.

I just hope that Fine can show similar maturity.


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Posted by Incivil discourse
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2020 at 10:38 am

Using the comments section of the Palo Alto Weekly to call out "unproductive discourse" is the height of hypocrisy. This website's comments section is rife with some of the most vile things I've ever read (some of which get deleted, but that's beside the point).

The top comment with 50 likes says the Mayor Fine "makes me want to barf." By contrast, stating that an op-ed is garbage and noting that the former mayor is part of the industry he scapegoats is relatively benign.

The weekly could promote civil discourse by requiring real identities, but they don't. In the mean time, don't complain if people use other platforms to complain about the ridiculous NIMBYism in our city.


24 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 7, 2020 at 11:04 am

Be careful what you wish for. The day when we completely lose our internet anonymity will not be a good day.

It's trendy to slam anyone being honest as engaging in "uncivil discourse".
Sometimes the truth must be told, even if it's done bluntly or harshly.
I want to know what people REALLY think.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 7, 2020 at 11:07 am

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"Ridiculous nimbyism in our city"

How uncivil of us to complain about the 6:1 jobs housing imbalance while the pro-development majority keeps approving yet more offices while pushing car-light fairy tales that allow developers to shove under-parked buildings down our throats while STILL failing to adapt the parking garages to show available spaces and while STILL failing to sync traffic lights,

How silly of us to get testy about the waste of our time and money sitting in traffic and never-ending meetings about the wonders of public transit while the VTA -- on whose board our new mayor sits -- is a joke that locates bus stops so close to major intersections that the traffic backs up INTO intersections and that can't even hire bus drivers because they can't afford to live here. (Mr. Fine, care to comment?)

How ridiculous of us to care about all the RVs on El Camino where -- by the way -- we're still waiting for the VTA and the County and Stanford and the other "stakeholders" to fix a traffic light.

Silly, ridiculous us for complaining and expecting better.


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Posted by Anneke
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 7, 2020 at 11:37 am

All of us need to be diplomats, and even if we disagree with a person's belief, a public expression of our disagreement needs to be diplomatic. We can disagree agreeably.

Council members spend a tremendous amount of effort and time in leading our beloved city. It deserves our recognition and our gratitude.

Congratulations to our new mayor and vice mayor.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 7, 2020 at 11:41 am

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I wanna point out the Gunn slant here: Adrian is a Gunn graduate correct? not that many Gunn grads have ever served as mayor; Yiaway Yehcomes to mind. He’s also one of the youngest I would think And one of the relatively few Jews. I’ve never voted for him but we have a rapport that is to say he listens to people.
Thom meanwhile is the parent of a gunn. volleyball champion.
Tom also plays basketball which if anyone knows me is part of a secret Cabal here that I pretend exists.
Class act by Alison for yielding. Her campaign manager by the way Mrs. Russell is the mother of a former gunn basketball star


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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2020 at 11:53 am

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I marvel at all "pro housing" claims and have come to hear them as nothing more than political gab aimed at gaining votes. In California, this happens at every level of government. Fine, Weiner, Newsome. Everyone is in favor of housing - and has been for enough years now that if the claims were sincere, the jobs:housing hole we are in wouldn't be as deep and wide as it is.

Filseth is exactly right about full mitigation and I thank him for his opinion piece.

This is Palo Alto where the word "affordable" simply doesn't pair with the word "housing". This is also where workforce housing for those with community-serving jobs is practically non-existent, where there isn't much in the way of available land for building, and where the combined cost of land + construction doesn't pencil out for "affordable" housing let alone BMR housing. Just this week we learned that the developer who owns Fry's has NO INTEREST in residential development there. Developers do what they do to make money, not to take a financial bath.

Bottom line? Talk's cheap; housing isn't. Next time you hear a politician say he or she favors housing, ask that person to get specific. And if the answer sounds like SB50, withhold your support. That legislation is not the answer. Filseth is right about that, too.




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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2020 at 12:20 pm

It's too soon to suggest that Fine be recalled -- but it's not too soon to begin to find a residentialist to replace Fine at the next election. Palo Alto needs him off of the dais as soon as possible.


6 people like this
Posted by Przemek Gardias
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 7, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations to the new mayor and vice-mayor. This continues meaningful contribution of Planning and Transportation commissioners to our town. Still awaiting Councilman Greg Tanaka to step up to the mayoral seat. Also hoping for new candidates from the PTC in the upcoming elections, like Doria Summa or past ones like Arthur Keller.

Happy New Year


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Posted by Incivil discourse
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2020 at 12:48 pm

I invite the PASZers to get there own houses in order before policing the speech of pro-housers. Apropros of nothing in the article, "Civil discourse" chose to go on the attack in this comments section in attempt to intimidate community members for engaging with a tweet he/she disagrees with. Team NO has never bothered to hold themselves to such a standard of civility.

Case in point: Councilmember Kou tweeted "Silicon Valley’s Useful Idiots". Her tweet was "liked" 5 times and the only Palo Altan to like the tweet was sitting Planning Commissioner Doria Summa. Calling people idiots: extremely productive, very civil. Big donor Helyn Maclean also bizzarely tweeted the Zillow estimate of a renter planning commission applicant's rent. Very normal, very healthy.

May I suggest to Bill Johnson that Twitter is a more appropriate forum on which to critique tweets?


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Posted by Useful Idiots
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jan 7, 2020 at 2:03 pm


Found it...Web Link

ROFL...truth hurts. Still laughing

excerpt "Tech elites paid for the rope that may hang them.

The term “useful idiot,” often credited to Vladimir Lenin, applies to people supporting a cause or movement injurious to their own self-interest. Nowhere is this more relevant these days than in Silicon Valley, a place dominated by brilliant technologists and marketers who often seem to have the social and political acuity of middle schoolers, as evidenced by their strong support for progressive Democrats poised to destroy the underpinnings of their businesses."


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 7, 2020 at 2:05 pm

"Case in point: Councilmember Kou tweeted "Silicon Valley’s Useful Idiots"..."

@Uncivil discourse - you probably know this, but she was tweeting the title of a analysis of Silicon Valley politics, and "useful idiots" is a term of art, coined by V. Lenin, describing a certain kind of political advocate. Her comment wasn't insulting or ad hominem - as the subtitle explained, the article is about how "Tech elites paid for the rope that may hang them."

I've never known Lydia Kou to be anything but civil - I can't say that of everybody in Palo Alto politics.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2020 at 2:05 pm

Posted by Incivil discourse, a resident of College Terrace

>> I invite the PASZers to get there own houses in order before policing the speech of pro-housers. [...] Team NO has never bothered to hold themselves to such a standard of civility.

I'm all in favor of civility. I wouldn't call someone "pro-housing", however, who is actually supporting projects that add to the housing deficit wrt jobs by adding more office jobs than housing residents. I would call such a person "pro-office-space". And, IMHO, we don't need *any* more office jobs in Palo Alto.

Case in point: Councilmember Kou tweeted "Silicon Valley’s Useful Idiots".

I agree that Twitter users should use Twitter to critique other people's tweets, but, since you have posted your critique right here, I might as well point out that you clearly are not familiar with the (possibly Russian, now global) political jargon "useful idiot" ("Полезный идиот"). While derogatory, it has a specific meaning that you don't seem to be aware of. See: Web Link. Note that the same concept is also referred to as "useful innocent". And, I think that there are a lot of naive people around who support "housing" without reading the fine print. The devil is in the details.


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Posted by What's up
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2020 at 2:35 pm

What is with the Karen Holman comment at the end? Is it Mandatory that she get A certain amount of press coverage each year? Did she approach the weekly or was her comment solicited?


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Posted by council politics
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2020 at 2:44 pm

council politics is a registered user.

Applaud Alison for not continuing to supporti Liz, who true to form, was playing petty politics. That Alison graciously refused to continue to go along with this petty action speaks volumes about her professionalism and ethics. By doing so she also demonstrated her excellent judgement and potential to become an outstanding future vice mayor and mayor.


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Posted by council politics
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2020 at 2:49 pm

council politics is a registered user.

Karen Holman was quoted because she summed up succinctly what had just happened in a way that was complimentary to both parties.


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Posted by council politics
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2020 at 3:03 pm

council politics is a registered user.

In his speech Adrian reiterated his support of business. I hope that this is not a hint that he will support Sobrato's desire to include offices and ever more employees on the Fry's site, rather than 100% housing as currently zoned. Supporting ever more employees and digging our housing hole ever deeper undercuts his position as a housing advocate.


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Posted by Fine is Pro-Development
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 7, 2020 at 3:11 pm

I agree that Fine is "pro-development" not "pro-housing." He voted to repeal the downtown office cap Web Link ; he voted against the city-wide office cap Web Link . So, one must conclude, he is happy to see more office space built, as well as housing. And since he presumably cares something about the housing to jobs ratio, that means we'll need a lot of both - hence, at the end, he is simply "pro-development" and "pro-density." Let's call it what it is - I have never heard him deny it.


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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 7, 2020 at 3:24 pm

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It's impossible to be so aggressively pro commercial development, like the new mayor is, and be "pro housing" at the same time. It's an oxymoron. The new mayor is a hypocrite, bearing in mind he has also voted against renter protection. Some pro housing advocate he is. He is nothing but an embassador for the real estate development sector.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2020 at 3:58 pm

I tend to think we need some council members with some common sense and with the residents' needs and concerns as top priority.

I don't think we need to have climate change issues, state and national issues as priorities for the upcoming year. We are going to be hearing enough about this in the run up to the election on all fronts and I think we should be putting our own city's issues higher.

My list would be traffic and parking, transportation, crime and safety, infrastructure and livability - in any order or combination. What matters to me most for our council to take to heart are the things that concern me as I leave my house and return later in the day. I want the priorities to show that and I want the election of the next council to reflect those priorities. It should be for those of us who live here not for those who want to live here or those who work here. We should be working to get those who work in town but live elsewhere to arrive here refreshed using a mixture of highways with efficient satellite parking and dedicated shuttles. We should be leading the way, not following like sheep. And we should be working with our neighbors not ignoring them. And we should be innovative. While we are at it, let's also get rid of VTA and look for something better.


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Posted by He is Fine
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 7, 2020 at 7:44 pm

And don't forget his partner: DANDY.


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Posted by Another Giveaway
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2020 at 8:12 pm

@Fine is Pro-Development,

I don't think Wiener and Fine are "pro-development" as much as they are "anti-suburb".

Wiener and Fine believe suburbs are at the root of all evil that afflicts our world... institutional racism, homophobia, gender inequality, homelessness, environmental injustice, antisemitism, pay inequality, global warming, etc.

Wiener and Fine are really just naive self-righteous teenagers trapped in the bodies of middle aged men.

To Wiener and Fine entering into a corrupt partnership of convenience with greedy real-estate developers, while simultaneously promoting BOTH office growth AND residential development is a minor sin justified by their righteous end goal of striking a blow to the root of all evil (suburbia).

Will Wiener and Fine ride their deal with the devil to higher office, or will the real-estate industry dump these useful-idiots as soon as they become inconvenient?


52 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 7, 2020 at 9:45 pm

Please contact your county reps, state reps to say NO on SB 50 in any form. SF and Sacramento politicians are close to dictating our zoning, to an incomprehensible and illogical degree. Everyone’s busy and working. These state politicians are not working in the interests of us, hardworking taxpayers.
I recommend getting involved ASAP.
Thank you Mayor Filseth for your representation of Palo Alto residents. I appreciated it.


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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 8, 2020 at 12:43 am

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"I invite the PASZers to get there own houses in order before policing the speech of pro-housers."

Pro-housers??

Worsening the jobs/housing imbalance is NOT pro-housing. Building under-parked hotels instead of housing is NOT pro-housing.

It's pro-GRIDLOCK. It's constant budget-busting SPENDING on questionable traffic studies, consultants, "improvements", commissions and projects.

Re PASZ, few of the thousands of people who signed the PASZ petition to cap office growth were PASZ or had even heard of PASZ. Many petition signers wanted a TOTAL cap on office development and criticized PASZ for not going far enough.

Another article said, "Fine also promised to bring a “21st-century attitude and thinking” to tackle the “simmering issues” of traffic on Embarcadero Road, the dearth of downtown parking and heavy commuter traffic choking city streets."

Okay then.

Does that mean he's finally going to reject the massive proposed expansions of Castillea and Stanford so Embarcadero doesn't get even worse? And/or that he's finally going to fix the Embarcadero / El Camino light that's been "simmering" for8 or 10 years? And/or he's finally going to get the garages updated to show available parking spaces?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 8, 2020 at 2:10 pm

"21st century thinking"= no more SOV's

They're fixated on this unworkable idea like its the holy grail


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 8, 2020 at 11:12 pm

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It is interesting that Gennady calls Tanaka a fiscal hawk in that I think more fundamentally he is Palo Alto leadership's most coldly technocratic and Orwellian wonk. For example, he posts on his social media page video tapes he has made of citizens who come to his office hours (which oddly, take place in the former cafeteria kitchen of Cubberley Center). There are roughly 100 such tapes, including one he made of me in July, 2019. In that case, he edits out about 7 minutes including the very end of the meeting in which he looks at his watch, interrupts me mid-sentence, straps on a helmet, and skateboards away, up the corridors of the former high school (right past a sign that says NO SKATEBOARDING). Worse, the sentence that he couldn't care less about was me explaining that I had dropped out of the 2018 City Council election campaign because my mother was in hospice, and dying of Alzheimer's. Literally, my last words are "My mother..." Talk about heartless and clueless!
But useful to the real estate industry, no doubt.
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Web Link


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 9, 2020 at 8:06 am

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And further:

That he obviously edits these tapes calls to mind the current issue of “deep fakes”

Web Link

Also apropos of my assessment that he is Orwellian and cold technophile, my assessment of his start-up is that they use your cell phone to spy on you as you try to shop; to me this is very close to the classic case of Mussolini “bundling” of corporate and state interests also known as fascism and the surveillance state.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 9, 2020 at 8:27 am

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I want to say something hear about the discussion even buy our mayor about so-called two “camps”. Tim Gray and I were the two also ran candidates in the election that brought Berman in this back to local leader ship. Tim Gray and I were the two also ran candidates in the election that brought Berman in this back to local leadership we got 6000 and 7000 those each me without spending a dime on a campaign. We were the ones who resurrected the term “residentialist” — Actually I use the term “new residentialist”. It was a tip of the hat to the actual residential is from 1964 in at Pearson Tom Jordan and Emily Rentzel. They fight – unsuccessfully— to save 100 Palo Altans’ homes which were basically pulled out by the roots by Hewlett-Packard to create Oregon Expressway


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 9, 2020 at 8:40 am

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(The feature timed me out before I could edit the above...)
So I’m saying that the New Residentialists and the original Residentialists — Enid, Tom Jordan and Emily— are also pro housing.
Maybe the two camps are The Representativists who listen to their neighbors and are for self- governance — as Kou would say —and The Nonrepresentativists who somehow get a lot of votes but listen mostly to the real estate industry.
Tom Dubois was mentored by Tom Jordan by the way; Jordan met with me in 2011 but through his weight behind Dubois understandably the following cycle.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 9, 2020 at 8:43 am

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

(The feature timed me out before I could edit the above...)
So I’m saying that the New Residentialists and the original Residentialists — Enid, Tom Jordan and Emily— are also pro housing.
Maybe the two camps are The Representativists who listen to their neighbors and are for self- governance — as Kou would say —and The Nonrepresentativists who somehow get a lot of votes but listen mostly to the real estate industry.
Tom Dubois was mentored by Tom Jordan by the way; Jordan met with me in 2011 but threw his weight behind Dubois understandably the following cycle.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 12, 2020 at 10:08 am

Anyhow good luck to Adrian
Web Link
It’s be fine.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 12, 2020 at 10:12 am

This probably doesn’t go on this thread but I read somewhere that good vibrations at 534 Ramona now has a self service line


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 12, 2020 at 10:23 am

This probably doesn’t go on this thread but I read somewhere that good vibrations at 534 Ramona now has a self service line..
It’s all done by AI... With technology devised by Percolata a local start up


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Posted by Civil Discourse
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 19, 2020 at 9:18 pm

Planning Commissioner Cari Templeton just announced she is running for Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee. Perhaps she can address why she supports childish ad hominem attacks on fellow Democrats rather than substantive debate on the issues? It's important for voters to understand both the position and character of individuals in these positions. If you care about the future of the Democratic Party in California, I suggest you take look at her twitter account.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 19, 2020 at 10:12 pm

I think it is time that the Mayor and Vice Mayor are elected positions by the residents of PA - exclusively PA. The idea that a limited number of people - 7 are sitting around deciding who is going to drive the city train is no longer to our advantage. As you can see from the comments above there is a wide perspective as to qualifications and end results desired for the jobs.

The last thing most want - even the citizens of SF to which is his congressional district is located is a Weiner clone who is busy trying to breakdown the social structure of the city. My take on it - RV's on El Camino in PA - not other cities - is some decision that someone made that is a breakdown in our social structure. A number of decisions are being made which break down the effectiveness of the police department which further contributes to the breakdown of the social structure of the city. If that is a goal then we need to know that before any person takes office for the city.

Likewise if anyone thinks the taxpayers in the city are the last to get their requirements met then we need to know that upfront. The city taxes are not a bottomless pit that a few people can extort to support unwieldly and unpopular causes. Go no further than the streets of SF to observe how your tax dollars are being spent - no you did not get to vote on that.

I am a 4th generation California native and now resent what is happening in our state. And it is a few people who are making decisions that subvert an organized societal structure. We used to have hospitals for the mentally sick - Agnews in San Jose as example. Gone due to development. All manner of things happening that have upended the social structure and purposely so. And even worse is that some of these people come right out and say what they intend to do.
Time to start voting on these people and change up how we do business in this city.


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Posted by Henriette
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2020 at 12:38 am

@Resident 1,

I think you have put your finger on it, and it looks an awful lot like this Web Link


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 21, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Henriette - excellent You Tube on the growth of Marxism and how it spreads into current approaches in universities and media. Hope everyone takes a look at it. We can see in the bay area how this is being manifested and we recognize the people doing it. Thank you for sharing.


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