Jim Keene has named the former city manager of San Jose Ed Shikada to an interim position on the 7th floor of 250.
Word on the street is that Keene is sick and tired on Our Fair City not having a mascot. Shikada in San Jose worked very closely with Sharkey (the hockey mascot, but an ad hoc or blue ribbon overall mascot as well).
This is not an April Fool’s Joke. This actually came up because Tsuchiura our sister city has a mascot and we don’t.
in a related matter, Mayor Karen Holman has asked staff to look into enlarging the elevators to accommodate her frequent visits from uber-supporter Niner, one of the Bol Park donkeys. Niner likes 250 but is somewhat claustrophobic in the lift.
andand: coinkydinky, peter hartlaub of brand chron ran a blurb about Crazy Crab; he did not mention jon crawford the ad wizard and brain-trust there, but kudos nonetheless, for remembering even 30 years later that he was an anti-mascot and to be booed. Palo Alto needs a mock mascot more than a totem per se. This fell off the rails several edits ago but the actor who played the crab also apparently had a character named Dick Nimby, probably too hip for the 94304.
And add Monday another candidate ReviewNinja by “Jay”