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How my 80-year-old parents electrified their Foster City townhouse

My parents Eileen and Max live in a 52-year-old townhouse in Foster City. Up until a few years ago they drove a gas car, heated their home with a gas-powered furnace,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 18, 2022
Last comment by eileen , on Sep 25, 2022 at 10:58 am | 12 comments | 21191 Views


Is it "Move fast and build things" or "Move fast and break things"? And when it's "break", who loses?

A few months ago our ex-Governor and ex-Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger penned an

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 13, 2023
Last comment by Mondoman, on Aug 20, 2023 at 11:03 pm |
12 comments | 5491 Views


Hosting a wedding!

When dear friends asked if they could be married in our yard, of course I said yes! The couple had met at a brunch we hosted, and I was honored and delighted that...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Aug. 20, 2018
Last comment by Sally Torbey, on Aug 24, 2018 at 8:54 am | 12 comments | 3432 Views


Goodbye toy stores

Over the weekend we were planning to take our kids to Talbots Toyland. Sadly we discovered that the store recently closed. We...

Original post made by Cheryl Bac on Feb. 19, 2020
Last comment by Mitigate, on Feb 24, 2020 at 1:12 pm | 12 comments | 7876 Views


Enjoying the night sky

When I heard about the Neowise comet earlier this week, it brought back memories from summer in up north Wisconsin....

Original post made by Cheryl Bac on Jul. 16, 2020
Last comment by Cheryl Bac, on Jul 23, 2020 at 11:42 pm | 12 comments | 8347 Views


Update on the Economy

I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. The Bottom Line ? The state and national economy are growing ? The economic recovery will be long and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 23, 2010
Last comment by Dump the games, on Mar 7, 2011 at 6:22 am | 12 comments | 4300 Views


The Relation of Palo Alto School Finance and Development--Background Concepts and Data Sources

Parents and residents in Palo Alto are naturally interested in and concerned about K-12 school funding and class size and the relationship of school finance to development...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 21, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm | 12 comments | 19104 Views


I Have Endorsed Six Candidates for City Council

I have endorsed six candidates for the Palo Alto city council. Some of them have divergent views about future growth in the city. Three are incumbents and three...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 8, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm | 12 comments | 20780 Views


Why I Became Active in Palo Alto Forward

When Nancy and I were in Europe this summer, I read about the city council meeting in August when some young residents and workers came to talk about housing. I...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 13, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Dec 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm | 12 comments | 22153 Views


The Retail Implications of the Comp Plan

The retail scene is changing. Online sales have led to large numbers of store closings all around the country—in affluent and less affluent areas alike. Shopping...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 4, 2017
Last comment by PA Grandma, on Nov 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm | 12 comments | 13259 Views


I support conversion of office space to housing on West Bayshore

Dear Mayor Burt and Councilmembers, I write in support of Summerhill Homes’ development proposal at 2850 West Bayshore Road. Both the staff and PTC have brought...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 19, 2022
Last comment by PH, on Jun 25, 2022 at 9:05 am | 12 comments | 5120 Views


Kids and Marital Satisfaction

"More than a hundred studies show that marital satisfaction falls off a cliff after the birth of the first child and doesn't get much better until the last child...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Aug. 12, 2014
Last comment by Chandrama Anderson, on Aug 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm | 12 comments | 37790 Views


Mom Died

This was the first thing in my consciousness when I woke up this morning. Mom died. Overnight, this truth gets erased, and then comes back first thing each morning. She...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Feb. 2, 2015
Last comment by Chandrama Anderson, on Feb 9, 2015 at 8:47 am | 12 comments | 39147 Views


Old Pro owner takes over University Cafe, plans revamp

Downtown Palo Alto's University Café will be closing this Sunday, Sept. 7, for brief renovations, the first step in a larger revamp planned by new ownership. Steve...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Sep. 5, 2014
Last comment by Kathy, on Sep 22, 2014 at 1:04 pm | 12 comments | 42139 Views


Opa! Greek restaurant to take over 140 University

Greek restaurant chain Opa! has laid claim to a major downtown Palo Alto corner space: 140 University Ave., most recently the...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Feb. 12, 2015
Last comment by Karl Blagerfeld, on Feb 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm | 12 comments | 33975 Views


Blue Bottle to open in Varsity Theatre Thursday

First, it was a theater, then later, a Borders bookstore, and now, a high-tech hub and Blue Bottle Coffee cafe. The latest incarnation of the Varsity Theatre,...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Mar. 17, 2015
Last comment by sea reddy, on Mar 23, 2015 at 2:46 am | 12 comments | 35493 Views


Opening alert: Opa! in Palo Alto

Opa!, a Bay Area restaurant chain that champions "authentic Greek cuisine," opened Monday in downtown Palo Alto. Opa! is now...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Apr. 28, 2015
Last comment by Ottoman, on May 3, 2015 at 7:46 am | 12 comments | 34814 Views


Calave wine bar opens in Palo Alto

One block of California Avenue is returning to its boozy roots with the opening of Calave, a wine bar that occupies the site once home to...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Jun. 29, 2015
Last comment by Cowper Fan, on Jul 4, 2015 at 1:22 am | 12 comments | 38344 Views


Hunan Home's shutters after 25 years in Los Altos

Hunan Home's Restaurant in Los Altos closed Sept. 13 after a quarter century of business, owner Jenny Yuan confirmed on Tuesday. Yuan, whose family opened the...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Sep. 15, 2015
Last comment by umam, on Sep 23, 2016 at 9:52 pm | 12 comments | 35606 Views


Poké is coming to Palo Alto

The trend that just refuses to quit throughout the Bay Area — poké — is coming to Palo Alto. pokéLOVE will be...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Apr. 15, 2016
Last comment by Jack, on Apr 6, 2017 at 12:04 am | 12 comments | 32870 Views
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