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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Can you Pay to Reduce your Carbon Footprint?

Google’s data centers are carbon-neutral. My household is carbon-neutral. Palo Alto Utility’s natural gas service is carbon neutral. How can this be?...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 26, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 1, 2020 at 8:44 pm | 25 comments | 18221 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Hey Palo Altans, how is that plastics ban going?

As of January 1, plastic straws, utensils, and stirrers are no longer allowed in Palo...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 2, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 9, 2020 at 8:49 am | 25 comments | 17985 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Power Lines, Pipelines, and the Limits of Eminent Domain

Do you notice that you are seeing more protests against oil and gas pipelines in recent years? That’s because pipeline construction is booming. When fracking...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 31, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 18, 2020 at 12:44 pm | 25 comments | 18825 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Is it true that our electricity rates will be going down?

Many of us have felt the pinch of high electricity bills over the winter, and our bills only seem to go up. Well, it’s not your imagination. Electricity rates...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 6, 2022
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Mar 11, 2022 at 5:27 pm | 25 comments | 15288 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

It's Not (All) Your Money

Another false leap of logic made sometimes by posters is that their earnings are "their money" and the government has no claim on it to support public programs. We...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 15, 2011
Last comment by winstal, on Feb 14, 2015 at 8:44 am | 25 comments | 20682 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Palo Alto Housing Element Update

Palo Alto has begun the process of updating the City's Housing Element (HE). The process is well summarized in a memo to the Council's Regional Housing Mandate Committee...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 2, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on May 28, 2014 at 9:51 am | 25 comments | 22264 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

The Drought: Shared Inconvenience, Shared Responsibility, Shared Solutions

Water allocation and pricing has always been a contentious issue in California and the drought has escalated both the need for solutions and the age-old conflicts. The...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 16, 2015
Last comment by Connie Kettendorf, on Jun 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm | 25 comments | 17857 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Is Coffee a Date?

"I don't feel going out to coffee is a date, do you? I don't like to date guys at my gym, but got cornered into saying yes to coffee to a guy. Gyms are my place...

Original post made by Laura Stec on May. 21, 2015
Last comment by Cassanova, on May 27, 2015 at 4:32 am | 25 comments | 64262 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

This Blog Has Potty Mouth

It's time. I am of age. Everyone does it - that rite of passage. But I've decided not to. Even though colon cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the U.S.,...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Sep. 3, 2015
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Sep 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm | 25 comments | 20047 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Would you favor a business head tax?

“How do you feel about a head tax?” a friend asked me the other day. She was referring to a relatively new tax idea that some communities are embracing: The...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 5, 2018
Last comment by Anne, on Jul 19, 2018 at 2:53 pm | 25 comments | 11677 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Let’s blame car drivers, not the pedestrians wearing black clothes!!??

A recent car column by Gary Richards in the Mercury News offered a reader suggestion that pedestrians and bicyclists should avoid wearing black clothes at night,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 22, 2019
Last comment by DIana Diamond, on Mar 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm | 25 comments | 14136 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

A Voter Warning from a Wise Friend

“Do not be a single-issue voter,” a wise friend once told me. “Elections are too important to waste your vote just because you may agree with a candidate on...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 18, 2019
Last comment by Citizen Realist, on Nov 25, 2019 at 9:21 am | 25 comments | 8432 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Why you may not read this column

Only 10 percent (+ or –2%) of American adults get their daily news from either a newspaper or a TV news show. That means the rest of us don’t. And many...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 10, 2021
Last comment by Juliana, on May 18, 2021 at 1:55 pm | 25 comments | 8784 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Our feelings are hurt. C’mon, guys!

Our feelings were hurt, so we must sue the city of Palo Alto. That is the message I glean from the five Palo Alto police officers who filed a suit against the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 14, 2021
Last comment by Banes , on Jul 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm | 25 comments | 10539 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Let's award our public employees for working -- ??

More, we need more. Our public employee morale is down. Two more assistant city managers are what City Manager Ed Shikada asked the Palo Alto City Council to...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 3, 2021
Last comment by Rusty Taylor, on Nov 11, 2021 at 11:53 am | 25 comments | 8047 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Coronavirus and Climate Change

“Coronavirus and Climate Change”. How’s that for a depressing headline? In some ways I see the former as a mini version of the latter. Both are serious problems...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 7, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Mar 14, 2020 at 10:32 am | 25 comments | 17980 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

It is not an easy decision to go to high school in Palo Alto right now

Note: Today’s post is not about climate change, but tune in next week for more climate-related topics. On Thursday morning my tenth-grade daughter...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Mar. 14, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Mar 19, 2021 at 9:20 am | 25 comments | 17205 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

Parenting with Passion

My husband and I have been parenting in Palo Alto for over two decades. We have children in the public elementary, middle and high school, as well as a daughter...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Oct. 8, 2013
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Oct 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm | 24 comments | 14682 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Housing Policy: It's community, not generational

Although the debate on housing policy has recently been stated in terms of affordability for Millennials, it is actually one of different cultures, and of questions...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 20, 2015
Last comment by Just Work Here, on Jan 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm | 24 comments | 9335 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Public Discourse: Inverted Totalitarianism, Threshold Models and Cell Phones

Online discussions are an important part of public discourse even for people who don't participate directly. Much of what they hear from others may have come from...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 21, 2016
Last comment by sunshine, on Feb 27, 2016 at 8:27 am | 24 comments | 7568 Views
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Palo Alto's bold proposal to jumpstart home electrification
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