THE WEISS PLATFORM IN 70 WORDS:
1. Commercial real estate developers have too much say and sway; leadership –council, commissioners and staff – should listen to RESIDENTS first;
2. Planned Community (PC) zoning is the most concentrated form of abuse of the system in recent years and should be amended, enforced or outlawed;
3. The 27 University project, “Arrillaga Office Towers” should be vigorously opposed by residentialists, as part of taking the town back from these powerful, oligarchical special interests.
2012 BALLOT PAMPHLET STATEMENT
New Residentialist Platform (NRP) started when I suggested to a friend that his group of home-owners clustered around the 100 block of Bryant get in touch with a group near 800 Cowper to look for over-lapping interests beyond their respective issues and their mutual frustration at not being heard initially by Council and staff.
I am running more to generate and moderate such a list of concerns / suggestions than to foist one that is pre-written. I see myself as a catalyst for ideas, as a facilitator and communicator, more than a leader per se. Part semi-conductor, part song-catcher, if you will.
I graduated from Gunn High (1982) and Dartmouth College (1986) and have experience as journalist, ad and pr writer, concert promoter and artist manager. I’m a life-long learner and get cues and inspiration from the arts, and from science and data.
Our Council needs a diversity of voices, and methodologies. Vote for Mark Weiss to get the needs of residents better reflected in local self-governance. I will listen to you and stay independent from powerful special interests. I will update the platform at a blog titled “Svayambh-PA: or, New Residentialist Platform (NRP)”.