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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWHow well is City Manager Ed Shikada performing his job?
Is Ed Shikada doing a good job as city manager of Palo Alto? In a closed session Monday night, March 20, council members gathered behind closed doors to assess the...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 20, 2023
Last comment by Annette, 5 hours ago | 12 comments | 2095 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWAll you don’t want to know about our escalating utilities rates
Our utilities bills here in Palo Alto and elsewhere are soaring – with no relief in sight. Can we – or ‘they” (those responsible for the...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 7, 2023
Last comment by Lenora Peters, on Mar 17, 2023 at 11:41 am | 42 comments | 4209 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWReminiscences of the presidents I met in real time
As 98-year-old former President Jimmy Carter lies on his bed, hospice by his side, I thought back and recalled the first and only time I met him years ago. And that...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 27, 2023
Last comment by Bert Jacobs, on Mar 3, 2023 at 8:10 am | 10 comments | 2741 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWAmerica‘s crises are escalating. What can we do?
Passivity prevails. During the past several years, two new crises – increased violence and an acceptance of political (and personal) lying in our country are...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 20, 2023
Last comment by Bruce Gault, on Feb 27, 2023 at 7:00 am | 31 comments | 4086 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWGo away, language police!
The Information Technology (IT) Department at Stanford caused quite a tizzy when it published a guide on harmful language that should not be used at the university....Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 31, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Feb 26, 2023 at 12:51 pm | 48 comments | 7205 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWBan the noise in Palo Alto?
Last week, an array of residents deplored the noise emitted from gas leaf blowers, claiming they are destroying “the quality of life” in our fair city. One...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 11, 2023
Last comment by Raoul Marquez, on Feb 19, 2023 at 11:38 am | 32 comments | 4589 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWCan the Memphis police behavior ever happen here?
What happened in Memphis where seven officers worked almost as a team to beat and kick 29-year-old Tyre NICHOLS is not a singular event in one city. Police beatings...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 1, 2023
Last comment by Pauline Rogers, on Feb 11, 2023 at 1:15 pm | 46 comments | 4268 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWIs telling the truth simply an old-fashioned idea?
As the story has been told over the years, our first president, George Washington, said, as a youngster to his lather as both looked at a cherry tree, “I cannot...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 19, 2023
Last comment by Raoul Montez, on Jan 30, 2023 at 12:30 pm | 58 comments | 5732 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWLet’s find a better way to elect a Palo Alto mayor
Palo Alto City Council members are all set to select a new mayor on Monday night – a routine procedure each January. And finally! they are beginning to discuss...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 7, 2023
Last comment by Rufus Young, on Jan 16, 2023 at 11:03 am | 28 comments | 6213 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWPalo Alto v. Stanford: City demands are over the top
An undercurrent of antagonism between the city of Palo Alto and Stanford University has been in play for decades. It is seldomly discussed aloud, but it is there....Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 11, 2022
Last comment by Crescent Park Rez, on Dec 27, 2022 at 4:34 pm | 53 comments | 9840 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWThe clothes we wear: Cool, chic, casual -- or just plain sloppy?
I love clothes! It was important to me since I turned 13. My mother told me at the time (and evermore) that when people meet you, they first judge you by not only...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 29, 2022
Last comment by Clarissa Ward, on Dec 8, 2022 at 10:17 am | 40 comments | 6611 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW'Working from home’ — a new work world creates societal problems.
I am envious – maybe a bit jealous – of all the high-tech employees today who can decide when and where they work, how much vacation time they want,...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 21, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Nov 29, 2022 at 12:45 pm | 55 comments | 8140 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWDown with the dinosaurs!
About 15 years ago, my oldest son, Bruce, took his three sons, 3, 5 and 6, to visit the American Museum of Natural History in NYC to see its fantastic dinosaur display. All...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 13, 2022
Last comment by Bryce Young, on Nov 20, 2022 at 4:07 pm | 30 comments | 7400 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWDaylight concerns
Did you fall back on Sunday morning? Gently? Or are you one of the70 percent of Americans, according to polls, who no longer want to switch from daylight savings...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 6, 2022
Last comment by Fred Turner, on Nov 13, 2022 at 12:39 pm | 22 comments | 5839 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWOur politics – and our elections – are running amok
What is happening to the people in our country? Why are the partisan fights and arguments escalating? Why is the far right so fiercely fighting their self-defined...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 1, 2022
Last comment by Division's in the Mirror, on Nov 8, 2022 at 6:52 pm | 33 comments | 6630 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWBuying police scanners should not be an easy decision -- privacy rights are an issue
The Palo Alto Police Department wants the city to spend thousands of dollars each year, for an indefinite period, to purchase an unspecified number (10, 20, or?)...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 26, 2022
Last comment by Mick Goren, on Nov 1, 2022 at 11:15 am | 76 comments | 6950 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWLet’s play a simple(?) game “Morality v. Reality
Setting: your living room: Question: How flexible are you in your political thinking? I’d like you to play a game today – first, alone, then...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 13, 2022
Last comment by John Donegan, on Oct 21, 2022 at 8:34 am | 33 comments | 6910 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWHappy holidays to you -- and you, and you . . .
It’s become a smorgasbord of ideas about how many more official holidays our little city of 62,000 should celebrate in Palo Alto, and an item council members...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 9, 2022
Last comment by Kiara Kapoor, on Oct 17, 2022 at 1:58 pm | 10 comments | 5859 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWMy recommendations for Palo Alto City Council
I had hoped that this upcoming city council election in Palo Alto would bring out an array of candidates who were, dedicated, knowledgeable individuals with local...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 5, 2022
Last comment by A Person, on Oct 13, 2022 at 8:57 am | 21 comments | 7409 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWIs Palo Alto Utilities ready for our increasing demand for more electricity?
The city wants Palo Altans to have all-electric homes. Can the Utilities Dept. even handle an increased demand? That’s the question I’ve been asking several...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 26, 2022
Last comment by Mark Lawrence, on Oct 6, 2022 at 2:14 pm | 14 comments | 7035 Views
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