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."