Dress classy, vote cheesy

Margaret Mead said to never underestimate the ability of a small group of people to change the world.

I am the 500 millionth person to jump on the Gangnam Style bandwagon, but I think I can outflank my opponents on this topic, if it comes up at the Oct 30 KMPT channel 32 live debate — I would limit myself to just the hand-gestures.

By the way, it looks like if the Lytton Plaza new ordinance goes thru, that flash mobs like this one shot by Ms.”Jennifer Jo” would be illegal. So much for the First Amendment.

Although I am jumping on a bandwagon here, one of my first ideas was to base my campaign on The Meters “Hey Pocky A-way” which I was going to re-name “Hey, P-A Way”. It was a metaphor about how our local discourse needed to be re-set to a new rhythm. I had a “hold” at a local restaurant for a launch party but let it fall through. I have also mulled over some PE references which would go over the heads of too many people, the types who the minute they see me fear me. Don’t believe the hype!

Bottom line, put it this way: if we say some flashmobs at Lytton Plaza, doing K-Pop or whatever, I would take it as a good omen for change in Palo Alto and the Mark Weiss campaign for City Council.

I’m hip enough to know Bob Dylan came thru town last night, but not hip enough to get to the City to check him out — plus the Giants and 49ers were both playing.

I do put all of this and more into my version of Democracy.

edit to add: I just noticed that a copy of the new rules – the proposed draft ordinance banning amplifiers during business hours are posted at the plaza, and mention this informative city webpage.

The City is testing a proposed plan for managing amplified sound at Lytton Plaza.

Live amplified music at Lytton Plaza is allowed on a first-come first-served basis

during the following times:

Monday through Thursday 5pm to 10pm

Friday 5pm to 11pm

Saturday 12pm to 11pm

Sunday 12pm to10pm

No permit, insurance or fees are required during these standard hours – unless a group

wants to reserve the Plaza in advance for amplified music during these hours. To

reserve a time in advance a permit must be obtained by submitting a permit request to

the City’s Special Event Team- headed by the Police



The basic permit fee is $90.

Amplified sound outside of these standard approved hours may be available via the

existing permit process. To request a permit for amplified sound outside of the hours

listed above, you must submit a permit request to the City’s Special Event Teamheaded

by the Police Department. The permit fee is $90.

City Sponsored events or paid permit events have priority, and musicians without a

permit would not be able to use the plaza during the permitted event. The City will post

permitted events on the City Parks web page so that musicians may check to see if there

would be a conflict with their events.

Only one musical group may perform at a time. For musicians without permits there is

a three hour limit on performing, if there is another musical group waiting to perform.

This will be a self-enforced limit.

Acoustic music is allowed anytime during regular park hours.

The existing noise ordinance applies to all music (amplified or acoustic) at all times.

If a group has more than 25 people present for an event, they need a special use permit

whether they have amplified music or not.

The existing ordinance prohibiting commercial activity applies to all music in the Plaza.


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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