I love you, Lou Renza: or, The Sun Also Rises, my friend


I am with Mark Michael, or this version of him, above, in that I am concerned with process, perhaps more than what the outcome is. In that context I would say that 75 to 100 people at the Elks Club scoping meeting or whatever is hardly a mandate. Even 30 speakers last night, and about 20 of them were this so-called “new voice” should not be over-emphasized in that these changes — fairly radical, and part of a pattern, a commercial real estate rout and push for dense housing — will impact thousands of Palo Altans, who already live here.

There seems to be a sense that our General Plan is obsolete — Michael says it is from a previous century. It is not. We use it all the time, it guides all our policy, like our Constitution (as my venerable college– I meant colleague —  in dissent, 2009-2013, Tim Gray said last night).

Palo Alto has a 120-year continuity; Democracy has a 240 year continuity; they are not obsolete. But we have to push back and resist the significant recent pressure to change by special interests, the builders. Ninety-six percent of those pulled — I meant pulled — by PAN now agree with this.

Horizon year? The sun also rises, my friend.

(I had to smile when my zinger to the venerable or uber-venerable former corporate law slickie turned commish Mark Michael includes a reference to an American classic I read at Dartmouth, in the 1980s. I admit it took me a minute to recall the name of my professor, Lou Renza.)

Isn’t it pretty to think so? (That I will actually re-read the syllabus, and use them in policy debate. I also said: those who don’t re-read the classics are condemned to live thru them).

edit to add: Lou Renza also later taught a course on Bob Dylan — I’d like to read his notes on it. I think I wanted to write him about it, circa 2002, maybe when I was managing Stew. Dylan apparently likes Stew and sent word once. renza


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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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