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THE FOOD PARTY!

Ode to Brussels Sprout

Brussels sprout, Brussels sprout, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee for your crunch when I sauté you just slight. I love thee for your...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Oct. 16, 2014
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Oct 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm | 20 comments | 26248 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Mama Rossotti to Roadhouse in the Sky

I guess you’d call me a Rossotti regular. I greet the bartenders by name, and other Zott’s say hi when I arrive. For years I’ve backyarded birthdays,...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jun. 30, 2017
Last comment by Joel, on Jul 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm | 20 comments | 17038 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Will winter outdoor restaurants work?

Will the restaurants with their outdoor eating sections survive during the winter? Will California Avenue, the city's second downtown, continue to have the street...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 13, 2021
Last comment by Lauren Jacobs, on Nov 20, 2021 at 8:37 am | 20 comments | 7512 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

The E.R.A. – no real equality yet. Why not?

When I was standing at the altar at age 21 rehearsing for my wedding, uttering the vow “to love, honor and obey,” I told the priest I would not say “obey.”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 20, 2020
Last comment by Pune Model, on Feb 21, 2020 at 4:35 am | 20 comments | 8706 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Are our cities prepared for a pandemic coronavirus problem?

I went to two parties this past weekend, and the main conversational topic at each was the coronavirus (COVID-19). People were concerned but not worried, but all...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 1, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Mar 8, 2020 at 11:15 pm | 20 comments | 13378 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Hey guys, it's your turn now to become mothers!

I am tired of those men, particularly the males in the Texas legislature, dictating what women can, and cannot do, with their own bodies. That's been a BIG topic...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 6, 2021
Last comment by Zayda, on Sep 11, 2021 at 12:48 am | 20 comments | 8666 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Palo Alto officials: Stop milking us for more money!

Once again, another utilities rate hike is in store for Palo Alto residents, courtesy of our city manager and council. Will these almost annual hikes never stop?...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 28, 2021
Last comment by S.+Underwood, on Oct 5, 2021 at 10:00 am | 20 comments | 10951 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Lucky Palo Alto voters – maybe two tax increases to approve in November

There’s a duplicitous November ballot measure the Palo Alto City Council is considering -- asking voters to approve a natural gas usage rate tax charged by the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 2, 2022
Last comment by Local Resident, on Aug 8, 2022 at 10:43 am | 20 comments | 4774 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

What did you learn last week?

I wanted to title this blog “Outage Outrage” (great title, right?), but at the end of the day, I’m really just wondering what everyone learned...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 13, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 28, 2019 at 2:24 pm | 20 comments | 13233 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Die, Pedestrians, Die: The City's implicit response to major long-term safety problems

City Staff claims that pedestrian needs are an important part of bicycle projects (see

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 18, 2014
Last comment by Right on, Doug, on Mar 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm |
19 comments | 9719 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Early Campaign Notes: City Council

I attended all the announced kick-off events for City Council...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 18, 2014
Last comment by Marie, on Sep 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
19 comments | 10890 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

In Defense of "Incivility"

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. ? Yogi Berra Civility is one of those things that in theory you...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 14, 2014
Last comment by Jerry Underdal, on Oct 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm | 19 comments | 13602 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Another Copenhagen Syndrome

Visionaries and dreamers can be major impediments to accomplishing anything useful. They clutter the public discourse and decision-making with ideas that are non-starters...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 5, 2016
Last comment by History Buff, on Mar 23, 2016 at 10:27 am | 19 comments | 8703 Views

OFF DEADLINE

If high-speed trains are tunneled, what would we do with all that dirt?

The realities of high-speed rail arrived in Palo Alto and the Midpeninsula this year -- even though the first train is years away. Neighbors along the designated...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Mar. 19, 2009
Last comment by Dr. Gary Gechlik, on Jan 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm | 19 comments | 12783 Views

OFF DEADLINE

If high-speed trains are tunneled, what would we do with all that dirt?

The realities of high-speed rail arrived in Palo Alto and the Midpeninsula this year -- even though the first train is years away. Neighbors along the designated...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Mar. 19, 2009
Last comment by Dr. Gary Gechlik, on Jan 24, 2010 at 5:05 pm | 19 comments | 7474 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Is Palo Alto prepared for a Coronavirus outbreak?

No. I can confidently say this based upon earlier outbreaks -- they have repeatedly demonstrated that various failures by decision-makers and others are part of...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 30, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 14, 2020 at 7:33 pm | 19 comments | 7697 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Foothills Park: City does NOT want to hear from most of you

Palo Alto's Parks & Recreation Commission (PRC) has scheduled a special meeting to have a two-hour panel discussion on "Foothills Park Access",...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 27, 2020
Last comment by Justin McKensie, on Jul 29, 2020 at 9:17 am | 19 comments | 6199 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

A fond farewell from the Peninsula Foodist

I have some bittersweet news: This marks my farewell as the Peninsula Foodist. After putting out 47 Peninsula Foodist newsletters and eight years covering restaurants...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Apr. 9, 2021
Last comment by Jerry Underdal, on Apr 15, 2021 at 2:35 pm | 19 comments | 10910 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

The sites of The Sound of Music

We packed in a lot of magic on our family winter vacation to Germany and Austria. Highlights included the festive Christmas markets, castles, palaces, medieval...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Jan. 8, 2014
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Jun 6, 2017 at 6:52 am | 19 comments | 6392 Views

STORIES OF HOPE

Community Revisited, Part One: Would I Raise a Family in Palo Alto?

==I These past few weeks, I have thought quite a bit about community. I've been attending Bible studies and discussions at Stanford, specifically focused on community;...

Original post made by Aldis Petriceks on Jan. 29, 2018
Last comment by meycing999, on Apr 29, 2018 at 4:23 am | 19 comments | 13774 Views
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