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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

The "You're despicable" style of politics

No I am not talking about the presidential campaign. Nor about Congress. Rather about local politics, as practiced by certain elected and appointed officials, and...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 22, 2016
Last comment by Ken Underwood, on Jan 9, 2017 at 3:48 pm | 42 comments | 20906 Views

STORIES OF HOPE

Loneliness

Walking into the low-lit room I noticed, as always, the cushy couch, the beautiful bedframe, the family photos strewn on cabinets. Everything was familiar....

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jan. 15, 2019
Last comment by 192.168.1.254, on Apr 13, 2019 at 2:35 am | 42 comments | 16960 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Benefit Promises that are Hard to Keep

Town Square has been filled with posts about city employee benefits for pensions and health care. The Weekly did a long article on the situation in Palo Alto. There...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 14, 2012
Last comment by Jon, on Jun 5, 2017 at 1:47 am | 42 comments | 30085 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Who Pays for Palo Alto Schools

There is an ongoing discussion about what, if anything, Stanford should pay for students added in housing on campus. The Weekly had an op-ed arguing the current...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 19, 2019
Last comment by margaret heath, on Mar 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm | 42 comments | 16338 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Do something about assault weapons, now!

“Do Something Congress! “Cries have echoed around this country after last week’s American carnage in Texas and Ohio. As we all too painfully know,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 13, 2019
Last comment by musical, on Aug 20, 2019 at 2:18 pm | 42 comments | 14777 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Should Palo Alto police be reformed? “It can’t happen here” -- or can it?

“It can’t happen here,” two Palo Alto city council members said at Monday’s meeting when discussing the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 9, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jun 26, 2020 at 8:08 pm | 42 comments | 13876 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Sutter and PAMF — protect your patients from coronavirus — not just your employees

For months, I declared that I would not write about the COVID-19 virus and its variants because we are bombarded with daily reports in the press, and on daily radio...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 22, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Jan 27, 2022 at 8:03 am | 42 comments | 10059 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Enough with Boycotts & "We don't want your type around here"

Santa Clara County is planning a ban that I regard as equivalent--morally if not legally--to those states that effectively ban abortions by imposing regulations...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 31, 2018
Last comment by Former PA resident, on Apr 21, 2018 at 10:17 am | 41 comments | 15954 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Benefit Promises that are Hard to Keep

Town Square has been filled with posts about city employee benefits for pensions and health care. The Weekly did a long article on the situation in Palo Alto. There...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 14, 2012
Last comment by Jon, on Aug 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm | 41 comments | 2474 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Housing is for People

Sometimes in the public policy discussions about housing, we forget that housing is for people. It is important to talk and think about what they want and need. These...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 17, 2015
Last comment by Techie, on May 26, 2015 at 10:51 am | 41 comments | 17902 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

2016 council priorities

I have three priorities I hope you adopt: --Housing --Transportation/Parking/TDM --Regional Cooperation Housing For me housing is the number one priority....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 28, 2016
Last comment by ivg, on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm | 41 comments | 23155 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Tokyo ramen shop to open first U.S. outpost in Palo Alto

Ramen Nagi, a Tokyo-born string of ramen shops, is planning to open its first United States location in downtown Palo Alto. Ramen Nagi has filed planning applications...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Aug. 18, 2017
Last comment by David T, on Sep 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm | 41 comments | 45112 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

I Still Call It Rossotti's

It's a Wednesday evening at 5pm and where to go in Portola Valley / Woodside for a happy hour drink in the sun? There are only two places, the first being the...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Aug. 8, 2014
Last comment by Jean Van Buskirk, on Jun 23, 2017 at 7:33 pm | 41 comments | 56598 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Parkland School Shooting: Why work for a good solution when there is a proven non-starter?

This is not a discussion of the pros and cons, although I will include some notes about the complexities. Instead, my focus will be on the abysmal politics currently...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 1, 2018
Last comment by Santa Fe High school, on May 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm | 40 comments | 14083 Views

OFF DEADLINE

On Deadline blog: Palo Alto getting a crash course on bullying -- yet some prevention efforts go back years

Bullying and how to prevent it and deal with both victims and bullies has become a hot topic in Palo Alto schools, spurred by a harsh finding by the federal Department...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Mar. 30, 2013
Last comment by Help us Jay!, on Apr 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm | 40 comments | 14420 Views

OFF DEADLINE

On Deadline blog: Palo Alto getting a crash course on bullying -- yet some prevention efforts go back years

Bullying and how to prevent it and deal with both victims and bullies has become a hot topic in Palo Alto schools, spurred by a harsh finding by the federal Department...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Mar. 30, 2013
Last comment by Help us Jay!, on Apr 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm | 40 comments | 3779 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Debt debate delusions: An economist shakes his head at budget mess

I have lived in Palo Alto for nearly 50 years studying economics and working as an economist. I have lived here through the recession after the Vietnam War ended,...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 15, 2011
Last comment by regarding NA economy, on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | 40 comments | 22951 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Debt debate delusions: An economist shakes his head at budget mess

I have lived in Palo Alto for nearly 50 years studying economics and working as an economist. I have lived here through the recession after the Vietnam War ended,...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 15, 2011
Last comment by regarding NA economy, on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | 40 comments | 3957 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Keeping Palo Alto a Desirable Place to Live and Work

Despite what the majority of Town Square posters say, we know that Palo Alto is a very desirable place to live and work from the perspective of new residents and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 26, 2013
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Nov 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm | 40 comments | 42998 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

What local restaurants do you miss the most?

In light of the seemingly endless ebb and flow of restaurant closures and openings on the Peninsula, from years-long standbys to short-lived stints, I've long wanted...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 2, 2014
Last comment by Cece, on Oct 9, 2017 at 7:14 pm | 40 comments | 46032 Views
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