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About this blog: I was editor of the Palo Alto Weekly from June 2000 to January 2011, capping a more than 50-year career in journalism and writing since Los Gatos High School, where I was editor of the student newspaper and president of the speech...  (More)

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Domestic Violence: Hidden tragedies afflict affluent communities as well, leaving lasting scars
Oct 22, 2015 10:39 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 9,382

A deeply qualified panel of speakers will explore the often hidden tragedies, and crimes, of domestic violence in affluent communities next week.

The tragedies... More
Are TDRs the new 'Planned Community' zoning hot potato?
May 2, 2015 12:15 pm
Comments: 12 | Views: 8,615

In planning shorthand, a TDR is simply a "transfer of development rights" -- wherein a property owner or developer can buy rights from someone building less than... More
Two creative lights depart Palo Alto, leaving diverse legacies
Sep 25, 2014 2:25 pm
Comments: 2 | Views: 10,429

Palo Alto lost two creative lights this month with the passing of longtime developer/poet Ryland Kelley and widely known muralist Greg Brown.
While vastly different... More
Mayor Nancy Shepherd asking: What does 'Our Palo Alto' mean to YOU?
Feb 26, 2014 2:35 pm
Comments: 18 | Views: 9,602

Faced with a significant community revolt relating to "overdevelopment," overflow parking and neighborhood-protection, still-new Mayor Nancy Shepherd is practicing... More
Greg Scharff reviews his 'too short' year as Palo Alto mayor: It was fun
Dec 23, 2013 11:57 am
Comments: 11 | Views: 5,336

Outgoing Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff sums up his "too short" term as mayor as a year of accomplishment and moving forward but with a couple of frustrations.

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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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