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Former arts chair seeks $300K in damages

Original post made on May 2, 2013

Former arts committee chair Chris Parkinson is seeking $300,000 from the city for its response to a series of controversial comments made online, according to a claim filed with the Mountain View city clerk and letters sent to the city attorney's office.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 2, 2013, 10:39 AM

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Posted by Joe
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Wow! Just in case we needed any more validation that this guy is a belligerent kook, eh?

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Posted by Mr. X
a resident of The Crossings
on May 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

The lesson in all of this: Post anonymously. That's what all the other kooks do aroung here.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Where DO these idiots come from? Like Parkinson I mean.

He libels a city council member, then he admits it, then he denies it... claims ID theft. Then he resigns (action of a guilty person) rather than face dismissal. Aaaand now?...

He wants to be paid for his nonsense. Oh yeah! that's gonna' happen. NOT !!!!

He's digging himself a very deep hole. PARKINSON throw away the shovel.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Chris Parkinson is ignorant. He should not be trusted with anything. I'll wager he has other bigotry and prejudice that he just hasn't accidentally said yet. Just like the republican candidates who say that women deserve rape and can control if they get pregnant from rape. Whatever. sheesh,

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Is Ronit Bryant, in fact, an Israeli? If it's true, she shouldn't be holding public office here. This idea of letting dual citizens hold public office here is traitorous.

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Posted by ron
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Just goes to show that you need to pick your people very carefully. It's why behavioral interviewing is becoming more popular. Once you hire a troll, it's a real pain to get rid of them...

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Posted by Snakefinger
a resident of North Whisman
on May 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Seriously, Parkinson's hallucinatory ranting is beginning to read like a press release drafted by Kim Jong-Un's public relations office. What next? "I will turn Castro Street into a wall of fire unless you give me $300,000!" Sheesh!

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

We all have free speech until we say something that offends the powerful. There is value in anonymity.

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Posted by Waldo
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Waldo is a registered user.

He could be the successor for Ideafarm.

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Posted by Politcalinsider
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm

So people talk about this? Shut up, he will go after you as I see he has an attorney. I believe Mr. Parkinson and everything he said. This paper merely is after money and not doing what is needed like face to face transcripts. What they have cannot be proven in a court of law. This public opinion court, well I cant believe what I am seeing again.

Honestly, I hope he does sue the city, if it were me and all you people who are jerking him he would go after you as well. Defamation of a person hitting the papers, and doing damage to someone credibility from a source with no fact source astonishing even me, an attorney.

People just shut your traps. This gentleman has been working hard in our city. I saw him at the senior center working for nothing, now volunteer chair of a committee that the code of ethics was not for him but for council who have gotten away with everything and came done with a hammer on this guy. I believe everything was cooked up and managed by this paper in a way to merely sell a paper. That is very clear now, why because he works hard day in and day out, I see him in his car all the time. Those are facts not what you hate filled people are doing.

Mr. Parkinson has preserved his rights and can now sue, and I for one will welcome him into my office should he seek council on this matter and I will file a motion of defamation today. For those that seek to defame him some more Mary, and Dave, your mouths are to be rinsed in soap or worse yet served. In my book, keep it up and the people pay. I have represented more than my fair share of harassment cases. One more arriving from a gentleman who knows what he's doing is nothing to sneeze at. I know how to contact Mr. Parkinson and I just might do that seeing all this hate filled vile that is comparable to a terrorist threat and much more than just a tort of defamation and harassment.

Voice I see the last time you did this. Mr Parkinson threatened you with a law suit and you shut down the website to the story. You better do it here too, as I see his attorney is copying everything as evidentiary facts. I think for Mr. Parkinson's wonderful volunteer soul, I will do the same for him as I too know the tricks this paper plays.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Willowgate
on May 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Gary, thanks for the call on this. You cooked up story bigots, here, there, everywhere. One word used in a nice way is not anti-Semitic, the guy who says so is a bigot himself hating Catholics, Muslims, you name it. And this Nazi crap? You comparing me to the lunatics in front of the post office, and Obama? Look up Ronit in her biography page and you see right there country of Israel, you again going to call that anti-Semitic? And no she should not hold public office, she never said I am a citizen.

Web Link

Again I don't have time for this, only a phone call form another attorney put the spot light on this again. You bigots that dare criticize me well look in the mirror.

To tell you the truth, I let this all go as work as been so busy and concentrating on my new fantastic job. But this.............. It fuels the fire of anger all over again.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Willowgate
on May 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Well I take it back she is a US Citizen in 93. Good for her and its a proud thing to say. I spoke out of turn on that one.

But really, this hate, where it comes from I don't know other than a goofball attempt at hate mongering and yes I agree these are terrorist in our midst. Same ugly things said and posted by some of the most hated people who do horrible things. Get a life folks.

Man, what I did to deserve this I don't get. Mr. Debolt you need to get fired.

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Posted by Wo\'O Ideafarm
a resident of another community
on May 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Wo\'O Ideafarm is a registered user.

No, anonymity is not the answer. These conversations will continue to be infantile until we have a forum in which we can converse with each other without any censoring and in which the verified legal name of each poster is displayed. See Web Link as an example of such a forum.

Without accountability, "bad money drives out good". Most decent and intelligent people simply don't read this forum because the conversations are inevitably ruined by the anonymity and by the heavy handed manipulations of the censor.

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Posted by NoIdeaFarm
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 8, 2013 at 4:25 pm

IdeaFarm is calling us infants? He needs to stop the name calling and just talk about the issue at hand.

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Posted by Wo\'O Ideafarm
a resident of another community
on May 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Wo\'O Ideafarm is a registered user.

[Squirming] Yes, I suppose that I am sometimes guilty of the same behavior that I decry in others. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

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