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An Alternative View

By Diana Diamond

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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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Do Palo Alto city officials ever, ever have enough money?
May 23, 2022 1:44 pm
Comments: 66 | Views: 5,513

Palo Alto has nearly a $1 billion (that’s a “B”) budget scheduled for this coming 2022-2023 fiscal year. That in itself is amazing for a town with a 62,000-plus... More
Chirps about birds—and tales about bushy-tailed squirrels
May 10, 2022 4:36 pm
Comments: 17 | Views: 3,327

I’ve always enjoyed my garden, especially during the spring, when birds build their nests and baby birds emerge.

Two summers ago, two birds nested and nestled... More
Do we really need all that new housing?
May 3, 2022 4:55 pm
Comments: 97 | Views: 7,359

Suppose that all those pious but earnest urgings by local and state officials over the past few years proclaiming that we need much more housing in this state, particularly... More
How we talk to other people
Apr 26, 2022 4:25 pm
Comments: 30 | Views: 4,111



Scene: A late afternoon cocktail party, following an all-day conference attended by 200 people. I walked in, looked around and realized I did not know... More
Absurdly long waits for doctors' appointments are an escalating health care problem
Apr 19, 2022 2:48 pm
Comments: 55 | Views: 6,975


I don’t know whether I should laugh out loud as I think about the iabsurdly long waits we now encounter in getting a doctor’s appointment -- or bury my head... More
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