Mountain View Voice

News - February 8, 2013

Ideafarm breaks his silence

by Nick Veronin

A controversial Mountain View man has broken his long silence and is once again speaking out against the city and the county for what he claims is a violation of his First Amendment rights.

Wo'O Ideafarm, the legal name of the man many may remember for his provocative one-liner signs, which have taken on everything from the Mountain View Police Department to gay marriage, had kept mostly silent since his January 2011 arrest. Ideafarm says he made a lawful citizens arrest, but the police viewed as an assault and arrested him.

After that arrest, he told the Voice he would not be holding up signs on the street anymore, because he had been forbidden to do so by a judge.

On Jan. 21, he decided that it was time to resume his unique brand of free speech, and stood near the corner of El Camino Real and Castro Street holding a sign reading: "One for all and all for one."

It took three days for him to get arrested again.

It didn't take long for police to approach Ideafarm. He said he was told he could not stand where he was and hold the sign — an assertion he challenged.

On Jan. 22, he stood on the other end of Castro Street, near Central Expressway, and held a new sign that said "Mtn. View vs. free speech." Police were again quick to respond, he said.

After arguing with the officers, explaining that he believed it was his civil right to stand where he was and hold his sign, he was cited for standing in the street. Ideafarm admits he was not on the sidewalk.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Ideafarm was arrested and told he was being cuffed for being a nuisance.

Since then, Ideafarm said he has bailed out of jail, been arrested and bailed out again — each time with the help of a bail bonds company. For him, the arrests have only served to solidify the notion that the city of Mountain View, its police department and Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen are dedicated to silencing him.

Ideafarm said he is confident he will have the last laugh, however. For the past two years, he said, he has been compiling a matrix of every encounter he has had with a police officer. Many of these encounters are documented with audio recordings, Ideafarm said. And when he finally goes to trial — no matter which count he is facing — he said he will be able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt not only that he is innocent, but that he has been repeatedly and illegally silenced in his quest to affect change through his quirky brand of "spontaneous direct civic speech."

Comments

Posted by Wo\'O Ideafarm, a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2013 at 10:50 am

Wo\'O Ideafarm is a registered user.

In Mountain View, you have the freedom to speak, but only until you try to do it! Wake up, people. Stand with me against the corrupt Mountain View Municipal Corporation. Take a close look at what is happening right here, under your nose. Ask me tough questions here to get to the truth of my claims. If I answer satisfactorily, stand with me. If you do not stand with me, I am going to be creamed like a bug on a windshield!

Sign #1: "ONE FOR ALL / ALL FOR ONE"

Sign #2: "MTN. VIEW VERSUS FREE SPEECH / READ ABOUT IT @ IDEAFARM.COM"

I displayed these two signs, and the result was a week in jail, three arrests, and the seizure of all of my speech equipment including one of the signs and both of my voice recorders.

I would still be in jail except that Aladdin Bail Bonds deposited $30,000 (yes, 30 THOUSAND dollars) with the Superior Court even though I have no income, no cosigners, no assets, and am up to my neck in credit card debt.

I was standing on the roadway, but it is perfectly legal to do so as long as you make sure to yield right of way. No Vehicle Code provision was violated. The Mountain View Municipal Corporation claims that I am a public nuisance. Any two year old knows that nuisance law cannot be applied to speech.

Please go to IDEAFARM.COM, browse the list of events, listen to the audio recordings of police officers enforcing the law unreasonably, and then spread the word about what the Mountain View Municipal Corporation is doing to a civic speaker!


Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 8, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Is it so far-fetched to imagine the police harassing someone they see challenging their power? Espescially someone they know has no resources for defense. Next time you see a policeman exceding his authority, call it to his attention. You're not afraid to, are you?


Posted by Wo\'O Ideafarm, a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Wo\'O Ideafarm is a registered user.

I have hundreds of audio recordings that capture MVPD police officers applying the law unreasonably. This policing agency operates as if it is above the law, as if THEY ARE THE LAW. But they wouldn't do that if the corrupt Superior Court in this county didn't rubber stamp everything that the police say and do.

But the problem isn't just a renegade policing agency and a rubber stamping court. The police do what they are told to do, by City Attorney Jannie Quinn and by the City Council. The Mountain View Municipal Corporation operates on the view that the state and federal constitutions are obstacles to get around rather than sacred documents to uphold and defend.

On Monday, Jan. 21, the first day that I resumed holding a sign, someone complained to the police and the police responded. The initial police report concealed the identity of that individual, but a subsequent police report revealed it. It was Jac Siegel.

Every dollar of the millions of taxpayer dollars that the Mountain View Municipal Corporation has spent keeping me tangled up in court in a fight that is now in its third year is driven by politics and by the City Council and the City Attorney.

I can prove all of this and much more. This story will be told! But I need people to stand with me in a meaningful way, so that I can keep fighting in court and keep writing the story.


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