Interim assistant city manager Ed Shikada to lead search for Palo Alto mascot

Ed Shikada (left) and an unidentified former San Jose co-worker

Ed Shikada (left) and an unidentified former San Jose co-worker

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.

translates as "rooty"

translates as “rooty”

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.

The Stanford Tree (which incidentally is a woman of color, for the first time) could not be reached for comment. Perry:

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.

cracked crab

cracked crab

And add Monday another candidate ReviewNinja by “Jay”

Met at 456

Met at 456


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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