Menlo Park: 'Tent City' video bristles against Facebook plans


A homespun music video by Menlo Park resident Bill Coggshall that was posted on YouTube last week takes on Facebook's huge expansion plans in Menlo Park and its impact on housing affordability.

Entitled "Tent City Here We Come," the song is sung to music "inspired," Mr. Coggshall said, by the 1963 Jan and Dean beach song hit, "Surf City," with the famous line, "Two girls for every boy." In the lyrics written by Mr. Coggshall, the line is changed to: "No house for anyone."

The Menlo Park City Council is a target of the song, too, with such lines as: "The wordy Environmental Impact Reports are wrong though / And the City Council lacks the guts to tell Facebook no."

Watch the 2-minute, 23-second video, recorded by Campbell-based musician Robert Berry, here.

Mr. Coggshall said he has been in contact with a number of local residents who are part of a group called Voters for Equitable and Responsible Growth, or "VERG."

"I guess philosophically I'm aligned with them," he said. He characterized the group as "people who have been around quite a while (and) don't want to see major changes."

He wants large tech companies to spread their wealth and influence to other midsize U.S. cities. People can write code anywhere, he asserted in a separate blog entry.

Another participant in the VERG group, Menlo Park resident Brielle Johnck, said after she saw the video: "It's a lighthearted reminder of the reality we may be facing on the Midpeninsula when councils are approving more and more office developments but not requiring housing units to be part of each project."

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Posted by Like FB
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm

1) "don't want to see major changes" = 1 step back in progress (not even stagnation)
2) I'm sure almost all members of VERG having FB account and using it ......

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Posted by oldtimer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Great video from Mr. Coggshall. He sure is right, our hopeless council doesn't have the guts to say no to Facebook.

It like the song

"Whatever Facebook (Lola) wants Facebook (Lola) gets!"

How ridiculous to even think that 1500 employees housed in a dormitory like facility, won't create traffic problems because there will be no parking and thereby those living there won't have cars!

Oh they will have cars for sure. And where will they park? On Streets? In Facebook's lots? Where ever, they will have cars and they will create traffic.

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm

When applying blame/responsibility, consider those on the Planning Commission, who are elected, with little attention or interest from our newspapers nor the voters.

However, in today's "Daily Post," there is a breakdown for campaign donations for the PC members in Palo Alto. The receive as much and sometimes more than the city council members also running. Why is this not headline material for us all to be informed?

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm


PC members in Menlo Park are appointed, not elected. There's no money involved. There are no campaign contributions

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