Jumper at chance to buy 2951 El Camino in Palo Alto

(I wrote this a couple weeks ago and then pulled it. The backstory is that I worry that developer Jim Baer is too cozy with Liz Kniss and council overall. Baer’s company manages or is or was trying to sell this property. There is a new tenant but their site, at the time, pictured 3 Day Blinds. Get it? I am basically hedging about attacking such a powerful figure, and wrote this to, in my own way, publicize the property. I do still like Stephan Jenkins’ music, and briefly managed his former partner Kevin Cadogan).

Steve Jenkins is a rock star, the founder of Third Eye Blind, 3EB, and is from Palo Alto, a graduate of Gunn, although he also attended Paly for a minute, pretty sure about that. He was also known as Sticks, because he was thin, and he was a pretty good drummer. I would estimate he has made about $10 million in the rock game; I know for sure he made $500 or so playing Cubberley, back in the day (February, 1995).

Especially when I lived nearby on Pepper, I would pass by that shop, on the corner of El Camino and Olive, 3 DAY BLINDS. Who didn’t see that and double-take, to read it as 3RD EYE BLIND?

Noticing that the building is on sale, for about $4 million, I thought I would albeit whimsically suggest that someone call Steve Jenkins and proffer he buy the building, invest some of that rock and roll money into some prime Palo Alto bedrock commercial real estate. Also, Steve’s longtime until recently manager Eric Godtland is a real estate dude, owns the building where all those key strategic 3EB management decisions were made, 1040 Mariposa in SF. If not Steve alone, then Eric and Steve, together again. Or Eric alone.

Maybe they can raze the building and build a nightclub — I’m always advocating for that. Or maybe they can buy 2951, trade it in one of those famous Palo Alto backroom poker game deelios, and end up in control of the bestest set of bricks in the whole sick-fiddy, 456 Uni, the beloved and historic Varsity.

Ponder that while checkin’ out Steve here — did I mention he also dated Charlize Theron?:


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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