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Mark Weiss

Original post made on Oct 2, 2009

Mark Weiss is not a politician, and he is proud of it. He is a business owner who thinks the interests of business owners are overrepresented in local government, and he is a concert promoter who has opted to eschew campaign committees and promote his own campaign.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 2, 2009, 11:41 AM

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Gunn High School
on Oct 2, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Thanks, Gennady. I was born January 28, 1964 (Aquarius) such that I am 45 actually. I moved here in fall of 1975, for fifth grade at Fremont Hills (with Olive Borgsteadt). I graduated Gunn in 1982. Go, Titans!


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Posted by Midtowner
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Interesting. Mark Weiss says that business owners are overrepresented in local government, yet he is leaning against the business license tax (which many, if not most, local cities already levy but not Palo Alto). How does he reconcile the two positions?


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Posted by Eileen Stolee
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 4, 2009 at 10:41 pm

After receiving a flyer at the Farmers Market today I looked up information about Mark Weiss.
I think he is the real deal. Not the usual politician. I like very much that he comes from a literary and arts background!


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Posted by EASTPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 6, 2009 at 9:21 pm

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Posted by He's
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 7, 2009 at 9:20 pm

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 20, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I am opposed to Measure A -- vote it down as a referendum on the current council and as a vote for change. It is poorly written. We should tax the largest corporations, perhaps. But as written this is regressive in that it hurts small business. I do think real estate interests are over-represented on council and in the current race - notice that the three papers endorsed the candidates most closely tied to that segment of the economy.
I bemoan the lack of a broader discussion in the campaign of what are the values of our community -- too many pro-business and, frankly, anti-democratic questions in the surveys and forums. Too short a campaign. I have lived here since 1974 but only entered the campaign two months ago.
Mark Weiss
Gunn 1982
Dartmouth 1986
founder, Earthwise Productions - a small, socially-conscious business here since 1994


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Posted by pat
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm

This is a buggy-whip moment. The world is changing and a lot of local businesses are going to miss out on the future because they refuse to recognize that their business model is obsolete. (REI is a great example of a company that makes it work in the real and online world.)

It's not sales tax that keeps me buying from Amazon and other etailers. The big benefits are convenience, huge selection, ability to easily search for the best price, free shipping (sometimes), online reviews, great support (from most places).

I like Keplers, but why would I drive there (parking's tough in Menlo Park), maybe not find what I want, pay full price if I do?

Keeping track of sales tax is easy. Every time I buy something online, I plug the price into a spreadsheet. At the end of the year, I hand over my Use Tax list to my accountant.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 12:57 am

I re-read this because Gennady linked to it in his brief story today, five years later, about my running for Council again, summer-fall, 2014. I would say this is mostly still true, although I have honed my views on local policy having attended that many more meetings and read that many more staff reports, and press coverage.

I would say, in a lesser manner, the Weekly is less generous in their portrayal of me. That's their prerogative, but I wonder if it's is because I consistently accuse them of a pro-devleoper bias. And I refuse to spend money on my campaign or in their paper (I was an advertiser here when Earthwise Productions ran a concert series at Cubberley).

I describe the basic model of Palo Alto politics as a tug-of-war between Downtown interests, principally commercial real estate developers and the rest of us, or the residents or Residentialists. That's an oversimplification but meat enough to chew on. Meanwhile, as evidenced by Measure D referendum in 2013 and the Grand Jury report of June, 2014, increasing numbers of citizens are activated and clamoring for change, along these lines.


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Posted by Paly '82 Alum
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 24, 2014 at 1:29 am

I repeat Mr. Weiss' first posting: "I graduated Gunn in 1982. Go, Titans!" which is a divisive statement in this city.

Did no one catch his mathematical error? "I was born January 28, 1964 (Aquarius) such that I am 45 actually." He should be age 50 unless he drank from the Fountain of Youth at some concert.

Prepare for the snipers, Mr. Weiss.


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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 24, 2014 at 6:46 am

Dude, check your calendar math. The original date of the article was 2009...which would have made his age 45 at the time.


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