Posted by Mark Weiss , a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Oct 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm
It's a half-truth for the Weekly to state that I did not respond to their survey. I said that questions #10 and #7 about developers having too much sway and PC planned community zoning being particularly problematic were by far the most important issues to me, and that overall their format was reductivist. In a letter to the reporter, I also complied with the request for actual faux-soundbytes to two other questions. You can read more about it at my blog
or the 30 minute video on their Youtube page gives a little more insight into my platform.
Of course the fact that I was photographed and on a separate day talked to the editor and publisher for an hour contradicts the impression that they give that I was not cooperative.
I've been a supporter of the Weekly for many years, as advertiser, source and reader -- I was disappointed they played me like this, although I admit I kinda asked for it by suggesting a different format.
They have the right to cover or not cover the issues as they see fit, but I bristle at the idea that they claim they will cover all six candidates equally then employ varying standards for that.
They could obviously update the online version of this to include me, or could follow up with more info on my campaign, background and platform, if they want to. Maybe they will.
In my letter to Gennady Sheyner I do mention my concerns with "the proposed arts district" a poster asks about, although that was not part of the survey either. It's not really an arts district, by the way, it's one type of art -- theatre - -and one purveyor. I think they might have bid out the lucky tenant of the new proposed theatre, or had a rotating residency for world class companies from various parts of the world. It's three times more office space than theatre.
I might be paranoid about being mistreated and misunderstood, but readers can ask: why would the Weekly suppress these particular viewpoints?
I think there is enough truth behind the things I believe will make our community better and enough people who agree with me and are equally concerned that I can probably survive the egg on my face here.