Category Archives: Public Art

A small budget, $50,000 out of $150 Million, plus a 1 percent set aside on civic projects, administered by one staff member and the appointed volunteer Public Arts Commission, of murals and outdoor sculpture, plus a flat collection of paintings and drawings and one Picasso ceramic in a box frame, that adorns offices and walls at City Hall and other buildings, a public asset, an opportunity to make your creative mark on your environ; some like it not.

Life is like riding a bicycle

edit to add: I knew Ellen Fletcher only slightly; Terry and I spoke to her at a Stanford game, at the bike racks, a year ago fall. The artwork above is by a PAUSD student, on display near Council chambers, … Continue reading

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Cubberley As a Regional Arts Center for 300-capacity theatre

I am on my way to the Cubberley meeting at 7:30 tonight. While checking the time online, I became perhaps the last person in the room to learn that Mandy Lowell is also known as Mrs. Charles Munger (the Mungers … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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My actual correspondence with the Weekly

“At this point I am focusing my campaign… on three points: 1) To question whether the developers have too much say and sway; 2) whether PC planned community zoning is the most concentrated form of abuse of the system and … Continue reading

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Does your flivver quiver?

“Flivver” is an archaic term for a car. Leland Levy is a former mayor who still carries a lot of water here, through Friends of Lytton Plaza, Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission and more. He is also, I have mentioned a … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei inspires Weiss

I saw the documentary film about the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, “Never Sorry” and it put me off the fence for good on whether or not to run for Palo Alto City Council. Ai Weiwei was imprisoned by … Continue reading

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El Palo Alto and Portola Expedition

This morning I walked from Downtown North to Menlo Park, where I had left my car the night before. Along the way I scrutinized the various monuments and installations around El Palo Alto, the tree for which our fair city … Continue reading

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