Palo Alto Weekly

Notes & Comments - March 14, 2008

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Stuck in the dark ages

Posted March 9 at 4:48 p.m. by Resident, a resident of another Palo Alto neighborhood:

"I predict that within the next ten years WiFi will become a utility that is provided to each city just like water, electricity and gas. How it comes will probably be different from city to city but it will have to be paid for somehow.

The Mountain Views that are providing it free may have to start charging at some stage and to up the quality but at least they have made a start.

We, as usual, are stuck in the dark ages."

Happy to pay

Posted March 10 at 6:05 p.m. by DontWantPAWiFI, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood:

"I am glad that PA doesn't have city-wide WiFi, have you ever tried to log on to the Internet in Mountain View.? It's slower than molasses. I'm happy to pay for fast internet until the technology gets better."

Much like TV

Posted March 10 at 9:32 p.m. by What do others think?, a resident of the Baron Park Palo Alto neighborhood:

"I agree, most people in Palo Alto are wealthy enough to pay for their own Internet. Although it'd be neat, there are more pressing needs to worry about.

Here's my prediction though: WiFi will become much like TV (free if you have an antenna but much better if you pay for either cable or Satellite)."

Bag tips

Posted March 10 at 11:01 a.m. by Resident, a resident of another Palo Alto neighborhood:

"Just as we can buy reusable grocery bags at the markets, with their own logo, they should also sell re-usable produce bags that are made from the same material, smaller in size and could be re-used many times, particularly if you save the same bag for the same produce item.

Many produce items come in mesh bags and you can choose to buy these items, then cut them to open them at home and take them with you to re-use. The strawberry baskets can be re-used for many things. Items like bananas, lemons and large onions do not need to be bagged at all but can be placed together on the scale at the checkout and then put straight into the re-usable grocery bag.

If we as consumers at large start doing these simple measures and start shopping at the markets that enable us to do so, the stores may get the idea that this is how we want to do it.

I lived in Europe before moving here and was used to taking my own bags for everything. I became trained in the American habit because I was never quick enough to show my own bags in times. Now I am retraining myself and always put my bags first on the checkout.

But beware of the very large re-usable Costco bags. The other stores do not know how to pack them and they make them so heavy that I can't lift them afterwards. They are great for items like toilet paper and cereal, but not for heavy small items as they get too heavy too quickly."

Never give up Cubberley

Posted March 11 at 11:10 p.m. by a long time resident, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood:

"The city and the school district should never give up any of the Cubberley site.

With the possibility of hundreds of new school children arriving in South Palo Alto in the next few or more years, this is the only vacant or could-be-vacant site for any level of school.

The city and the school district have been selling off school and city property for many years to help their budgets.

With things going the way they are in the city (high utility bills, high-density housing projects with no parks, improved roads, etc., associated with them, traffic jams and long waits at intersections, flooding of large areas of the city) the schools are really the only attraction for people to buy high-priced housing here.

If the schools deteriorate house prices could drop like a bomb.

Also as a note: The people in much or all of the area were not informed at any time about the city selling its portion of Cubberley.

No newspaper articles until very recently either.

The streets around Cubberley are jammed with traffic at commute times also."


Posted by Cooper, a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 14, 2008 at 12:26 pm

re: Bag Tips- reusable bags for produce

Whole Foods and Country Sun (Calif. Ave) sell them and they are available for sale online too at

disclaimer- I do not benefit from mentioning any of the above sources

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