Weiss on Weekly cache: Berman sucks

might run.
I would spend $100.000 of my own money on this, and like my three Palo Alto races ( or strolls) would not accept your money or that of special interests,
I could probably garner 500 endorsements, mostly average 650 folks, I listed 30 or so in 2014,
I’d write another 200 articles on policy, published mainly in my own blog (I wrote 144 between declaring and polls),
My campaign would be based on Ralph Nader and George pack

I also wrote that John Paye should run,

Wow, I’m amazed 44 minutes later and Bill Johnson has not deleted this!

I’ll tell you what, what it comes to Marc Berman and Bill Johnson, he was doing a lot more than kissing rings!

It’s a mixed blessing that, beyond John Paye (a former Stanford athletic star, a business owner a coach and a heck of a nice guy), I probably know personally 50 people who would be better than me for City Council or Assembly, that’s true. I hardly get a word in edgewise at my Friday breakfast klatch. I’m only #2 in my own domesticity!

But if I can get, say, 100,000 new readers to the authors I mention above — people who are way better than me at articulating what a mess we’re in, how far Democracy has run down — that would be worth the investment of my money and my time, for the sake of the community and country. 

My friend Andres Fajardo — a Harvard-trained inner city MBA and clergy, in the 215, although we were both once both ASB President at Terman then editor in chief at Gunn — asked me recently, while visiting his mom, how many doorbells I had run in the recent campaign: I said “about 100”. He said “Ring 5,000.” 

So if I run my $100,000 will be spent on a thousand pairs of walking shoes!

Actually, Matt Gonzalez, another political maverick, cautioned me about going negative, but really, in the case of people like Marc Berman and their success in our little fish bowl, and as you see above, two-thirds of us think we can do better, or someone can do better. BETTER THAN BERMAN. (and a picture of a mirror, a blank space, reflective)

I will feel that much more inspired, actually, if Bill Johnson deletes this. He doesn’t believe in Sullivan v. The New York Times. He says its his duty to protect lousy leadership from fair criticism. (Of Marc, of Pat Burt, and more…)

I reference George Packer “The Unwinding” (another Gunn journalist, just incidentally! I also read Jim Newton, from Paly).

43 minutes after that:

And further:

I actually, despite the tone of this, would prefer over Berman his fellow Viking alumnus Kyu Young Kim (who I compared to the pre-pubescent rock band The Stinky Puffs):
“Iz Kyu Young 2 Young 2 ARB?” (Plastic Alto archives)

Berman’s $60,000 was actually the result of dunning slow-pay people from his Bar Mitzvah, friends of his parents.

Breeen’a story says that in 2009 he threw his weight behind Josh Becker, lot of good that did!


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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