Posted by anon, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm
is there someway to convince these hollywood directors not to do movies here -- i mean we don't need to advertise to people around the world that this is a great place to live. the town is crowded enough!
Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm
"Very brief "roving" road closures will also occur in the morning and early afternoon, but Perron said he doesn't expect they will have as significant an impact on traffic. There will be closures on El Camino Real between Embarcadero Road and Page Mill Road from 9 a.m. to noon, on Page Mill Road between Peter Coutts Road and El Camino Real from 9 a.m. to noon ..."
Closing our most overloaded traffic arteries during prime commute hours won't have a "significant impact on traffic" ??? Now there's a laugh for ya, and the show ain't even aired yet.
Posted by Hoover Parent, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm
Hoover Elementary is a PAUSD commuter (choice) school on East Charleston between Middlefield Road and Alma that lets out at 2pm, right when they say they are closing that stretch of road. ...that's going to be inconvenient.
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm
"...the opening credits begin like so: “We see shot after shot of things that pass for exciting in Silicon Valley,” including the “shit brown colored hills of Mountainview,” “Steve Ballmer ranting on stage,” and “Elon Musk with a Rocket.”"
This is going to be hilarious! Can't expect anything less from the creator of Beavis and Butthead.
Posted by Alan, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm
> Can't expect anything less from the creator of Beavis and Butthead
I wouldn't have very high expectations of the creator of Beavis and Butthead, so don't understand why we should be closing down our streets for them. Especially during times when the kids need to get home from school in areas where their is a lot of traffic.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2013 at 9:43 am
I got the police notification message on my landline last night. I assume the film producers are paying for the city police security and road closures - right? Is it a flat fee to the city for film time or a time and materials billing?
And - I sincerely hope it's better than that garbage nonsense tv show that aired awhile back - emabarrassing junk.
Posted by "fun" to see us on TV??, a resident of the Leland Manor/Garland Drive neighborhood, on Mar 12, 2013 at 10:47 am
I wouldn't watch this sort of crap if you paid me, and I can't anyhow because I don't have cable. Why we are inconveniencing residents and workers for some low-brow comedy is beyond me. Is the City at least getting paid for this? Who gives permission to close down roads for some lame production?
Just shows how wacky people get for the chance to get ANY exposure on the Almighty TV. I guess it is good for our "brand" (tongue firmly in cheek).
Posted by Palo Alto Native, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on Mar 12, 2013 at 11:24 am
It's great that Palo Alto is a destination for famous people such as Obama, other politicians, an international bicycle race, and now a movie set. For those who complain of the cost and inconvenience, I suggest you move to a rural area where nothing happens, no one will bother you, and you can go brain dead. Palo Alto has evolved, and those who can't change are free to leave, sell their houses, and take their millions elsewhere because there are plenty of people who would love to live in Palo Alto.
Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of another community, on Mar 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm Max Hauser is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
' ...directed by Judge, creator of ... "Beavis and Butt-head." '
I guess we can always hope for the best. Though history affords limited encouragement that pop culture will miss any opportunity to garble notions of "Silicon Valley" -- some of whose own local officials display unawareness of what the phrase fundamentally means, where it arose, who coined it, or (in its original, most-accurate meaning) its industry's unambiguous origin in Shockley Semiconductor (on San Antonio near the Mountain View - Palo Alto border). The first time I saw the phrase spill out of the electronics industry into a mainstream national magazine (in the late 1970s), the magazine placed "Silicon Valley" in southern California, and clarity has only diminished since.
Some local history in a COMMENT I posted to a related May-2012 MV-Voice story:
Posted by Driver, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:12 am
I was stopped by police on Alma at the Charleston intersection for about 1 minute or one green light while a strange vehicle and a bus crossed in front of us and then we were able to proceed. This was lunch time.
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Mar 13, 2013 at 8:37 am
A breathless and highly dazzled reporter from KTVU Channel 2 News had a segment on the taping last night. It looked cold and two actresses wearing skimpy sleeveless little black dresses and sky high spiky heels were filmed walking down University -- just a typical day at the office for these typical Silicon Valley programmers....according to Hollywood, anyway.