More from Bill Johnson’s slaughterhouse of ideas

Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood

2 minutes ago
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This is fishy enough that Council should pull from Consent Calendar

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North

0 minutes ago
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My violation is that I claim the Weekly has a pro-Developer bias!

note: This is my backing up something I wrote two minutes ago on Palo Alto Weekly comment board, where 5,000 plus people have read a report about monkey business at Stevenson House, the 120-unit senior non-profit housing that staff recommends be turned to a for-profit limited partnership, granted a Planned Community zoning exemption, be given $1 M of tax payers money from SUMC (Stanford hospital expansion hush money slush fund) so that a huge real estate developer with offices in San Francisco called John Stewart can get $35 M in federal incentives to upgrade the plumbing in the buidlings — which I toured, which our fine, very nice, cute, livable — they want to move the sink from the south side of a tiny but sufficient bath to the north, blah blah blah. In recent times we have at least the perception of corruption at City Hall, collusion between staff and developers, kowtowing — and in the case of the June, 2014 Santa Clara Grand Jury Report, obvious examples of this — that the slick and incentivized developers find the most arcane and convoluted arguments to always get their way. The staff says “let it fly” in a staff report which the Council is being asked to rubber stamp Monday, March 9 – next week, in four days — but I would think that 3 of them — and I know that a couple have been approached — should pull this, and let it see a little light of Democracy and process.

Surely, we should be cautious. It does occur to me to compare this to Dartmouth College Case, the formation of corporate law — we don’t want to tamper with the affairs of a corporation — but on the other hand the writing is on the wall that money interests make a mockery of Democracy. Is Stewart a legitimate good player here, or preying on the elderly for their own gain? It looks like a Trojan Horse to privatize and then gentrify the beautiful site. What is best for the 120 seniors? That it involves a PC, that it involves $1 M of our SUMC money, that it is arcane, that in numerous instances recently money preys on our social institutions — schools, parks, Little League, Maybell — this calls out for a little extra trip around the track of scrutiny.

The headline refers to the numerous instances that I have posted on PAW and then had my ideas deleted. The Weekly is not a marketplace of ideas but a slaughterhouse. The Weekly deletes ideas and manipulates reality for its own gain.

Come to City Hall and Council Monday, March 9 and see for yourself or speak out. The opportunity to speak on this issue will be around 8:45 p.m. If you show up at 5:30 there is a rally produced by Joe Simitian, which includes free pizza, about Buena Vista, (an initiative to preserve low income housing for 400 people).

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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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One Response to More from Bill Johnson’s slaughterhouse of ideas

  1. Yes. And so it continues.
    I dedicated a page to the censoring. I posted comments before & after being censored.
    I am blocked. My IP address recognized. My comments vanish automatically. That happens from any IP address I use, identifying myself as village fool.
    Thou should not mention the censoring.
    village fool

    I think we need to start another media outlet, to compete with PAW. This week I started to post several times there then deleted them myself and just filed my idea on my own computer. Why should I provide content for his venture? (And: I also did post two or three small ideas there as well) — mbw,to Village Fool

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