“When Steve Jobs appeared before the city of Cupertino to pitch Apple’s new HQ, one particular exchange with the city council caught our attention,” Jay Yarow reports for The Business Insider. “Councilwoman Kris Wong asked, ‘Do we get free wifi or something like that?’”

Yarow reports, “The audience laughed at her question, and Jobs responded with, ‘See, I’m a simpleton, and I’ve always had this view that we pay taxes and the city should do those things. That’s why we pay taxes. Now, if we can get out of paying taxes, I’ll be glad to put up wifi.’”

“Jay Bhatti, one of our regular contributors, decided to email the councilwoman. Some people on Twitter were mocking her, and saying her request was silly and representative of the problem with local government. He wanted to know why she did it,” Yarow reports. “Wong wrote back with a nice note explaining that she and Jobs have joked about wifi in the past privately. She was mostly just tossing softballs at Jobs hoping he’d say nice things about Cupertino.”

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http://macdailynews.com/2011/06/08/apple-ceo-steve-jobs-presents-new-apple-campus-proposal-to-cupertino-city-council-with-video/ – June 8, 2011