Kyu Kim, 8, Mark Weiss, 118

When architect in training Kyu Kim applied for the ARB last fall, he wrote 8 lines. And was seated.

I wrote 118 lines, but got no votes. I argued that the board has an over-representation of architects — the statute calls for only four of the five to be architects or design professionals. I said that my experience producing concerts suits me for either category.

I also included four photos, towards my point and way of thinking. For instance, I did not design Lytton Plaza, the egg, the bike rack, the bikes or the two visible buildings, but I shot this photo, interacted, sometimes quite intimately, with all four humans here, and claim that that kind of thinking, site-specific event design and Beuysian social sculpture helps qualify me to reform the ARB, which many feel disappoints:

Not left to right but near to far: Terry Acebo Davis, a woman with a nice camera and a Spanish accent, Ben Goldberg and Taylor Ho Bynum, Saturday September 20, 2014, around noon, I gathered them, and shot.

Not left to right but near to far: Terry Acebo Davis, a woman with a nice camera and a Spanish accent, Ben Goldberg and Taylor Ho Bynum, Saturday September 20, 2014, around noon, I gathered them, and shot.

I’m not merely engaging in sour grapes. And I did call on Kim personally at his office to make sure he is not upset at my attack, which was kid gloves not Everlast.

By the way, I felt as qualified as Catherine Ballantyne, a Cornell trained landscape architect but do not feel that, once seated she should be forced to resign over her petty property dispute with a neighbor. To me the neighbor has it in for her. (And I am only going on press accounts, PAW and Post, but it looks like she offered to make amends).

The Weekly seemed to hint that a pro-developer operative might be behind the anonymous (?) emails to council attacking her, but actually when I read her application I thought she was too typically pro-development especially in her support of 385 Sherman, which I opposed. I do not know Catherine personally nor have I assessed much of her record, but think this case is a tempest in a clay pot.

Some of this stuff is a side show to avoid talking about more important issues about whether leadership is representative and responsive, and that the press has a pro-developer bias. Did I mention that Dave Price of the Post is a big fat idiot? And an asshole. (When I ran for council I did not bother to interview with them, or the Weekly for that matter; they both mis-represent my work and views. The Post is downright misanthropic).

I said “we are more garish than Gehry”.

and1: Kim and I both spoke about the proposal to put AT&T antennas in the private Little League field. I said I’d rather see us ask Alex Blandino of the Reds, who told me he played four seasons there, than pimp out our kids to some large corporation. There is no centerfield foul pole in baseball. Unless you want to throw down for an Oldenburg and get permission to rig that up.

When he is not on the road with the Reds, Palo Altan Alex Blandino might make a good PARC commish

When he is not on the road with the Reds, Palo Altan Alex Blandino might make a good PARC commish

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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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