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About this blog: So much is right — and wrong — about what is happening in Palo Alto. In this blog I want to discuss all that with you. I know many residents care about this town, and I want to explore our collective interests to help ...  (More)

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Palo Alto's problems -- crows, rats and airplanes
Jul 17, 2018 3:25 pm
Comments: 19 | Views: 3,023

Crows! Roof rats! Noisy airplanes! I’ve been asking Palo Alto residents what bothers them in their daily lives this summer and their responses were surprising... More
What if this outage had been an earthquake?
Jul 11, 2018 5:06 pm
Comments: 10 | Views: 2,280

It was not a dark and stormy night. It was a blue-sky sunny evening when at 6:20 p.m. the electricity in my house suddenly went off July 2.

It was no big deal.... More
Would you favor a business head tax?
Jul 5, 2018 12:34 pm
Comments: 25 | Views: 3,507

“How do you feel about a head tax?” a friend asked me the other day. She was referring to a relatively new tax idea that some communities are embracing: The... More
Avoiding Those Partisan ‘Others’
Jun 28, 2018 2:45 pm
Comments: 45 | Views: 2,181

As we celebrate this year’s Fourth of July, I keep on thinking about Americans today and about the terrible partisan divide we have in this country, a divide... More
Get cars off our streets??
Jun 20, 2018 12:04 pm
Comments: 49 | Views: 2,421

As outlandish as it sounds to me, while there are a number of Palo Alto residents who feel our streets are too crowded (they are!), their solution is to get more... More
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Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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