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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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Plastic vegie bag ban: Pragmatic? -- or simply politically correct?
Jan 12, 2020 3:07 pm
Comments: 36 | Views: 2,726

Last June, the Palo Alto City Council, in a 6-0 vote, went along with a suggestion from the Girl Scouts to ban all plastic straws, which they did. A week later with... More
Can we make 2020 a less alarming and more calming year?
Jan 7, 2020 11:09 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 1,070

“Happy New Year!” people shouted at midnight at the dawning of 2020. Only this year, it felt like hollow wishes, as if they were made with our fingers crossed.... More
TO: Palo Alto officials: SUBJECT: Hurry up and get things done!
Dec 30, 2019 11:43 am
Comments: 22 | Views: 2,802

A friend of mine once explained to me how this city’s famous (and now infamous) “Palo Alto Process” came about. “We have a lot of bright people living in... More
Loss of transparency? Council decides HR can investigate some internal police problems – not an independent auditor
Dec 17, 2019 1:45 pm
Comments: 5 | Views: 1,372

Open governments and transparency in city affairs are big things for me – they’re part of what democracy should be all about. If city decisions are not available... More
Sure, the traffic mess in town is a complicated problem, but I want a solution
Dec 10, 2019 2:19 pm
Comments: 58 | Views: 2,723

Wow! Palo Alto’s new Office of Transportation will have 15.5 employees to solve all our traffic problems in our city – that’s a lot of people to... More
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Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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