Palo Alto pizza democracy

Observing the vetting of five candidates for two seats on the important Planning and Transportation Commission by nine current City Council members at around 6:45 this evening, my attention was drawn to three half-eaten pizza pies at a table arms length from the action and a lunge away from me. Without disrupting the affair I reckon pepperoni, sliced tomatoes and combo. The box says New York Pizza, nearby, affordable but frankly second tier or worse.

Bottom line: I’d rather see leadership eating Pizza My Heart or Pizza Chicago at 20 percent higher cost, but I would predict a more efficient thru-rate.


Schmidt, Lippert and three rather unappetizing pies.

Schmidt, Lippert and three rather unappetizing pies.

seat turns over from Claude Ezran who I recently upgraded from nemesis to potential ally to Art Keller who said recently and without explication that he is not voting for me. I think he goes by Arthur, like the rock group. Sorry I called you Kessler in a speech.

Schmidt, Lippert and three rather unappetizing pies.

Schmidt, Lippert and three rather unappetizing pies.

Slice With Our City
Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Various pizza places

Join us for a slice of pizza and conversation on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with City Manager Jim Keene and other city staff who will be visiting various pizza places around town to talk about issues that matter most to the community. We want to hear what’s on your mind and share a lunchtime conversation.

Just to get things started, we are posing a question on social media: “Have you ever imagined Palo Alto 50 or even 100 years from now? What do you think it will look like? What sort of things will be happening here?” We look forward to hearing your answers as we continue our conversations about the future of our city.

Head to one of these local pizza places and have your voice heard:

Palo Alto Pizza Company – 2450 Park Blvd.

Pizza My Heart – 220 University Ave.

Pizzeria Delfina – 651 Emerson St.

Patxi’s Pizza – 441 Emerson St.

NY Pizza – 3235 Hamilton Ave

Howie’s Artisan Pizza (Town and Country) – 855 El Camino Real

Pizza Chicago – 4115 El Camino Real

Mountain Mike’s Pizza – 3918 B Middlefield Road

For more information on Our Palo Alto, go to


About markweiss86

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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