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How we talk to other people

Scene: A late afternoon cocktail party, following an all-day conference attended by 200 people. I walked in, looked around and realized I did not know...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 26, 2022
Last comment by Erubial Chacon, on May 1, 2022 at 11:44 am | 30 comments | 10644 Views


Do Palo Altans still love their city? If not, what should the city do?

The numbers are a bit grim. More Palo Altans now disapprove of the general direction of the city compared to previous years, and more residents are worried about...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 18, 2019
Last comment by Annette, on Jan 25, 2019 at 11:56 am | 30 comments | 12989 Views


Down 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 | 8031 Views


An almost impossible election?

IF Gov. Gavin Newsom is recalled during the upcoming Sept. 14 special election, voters face a ridiculous situation: choosing one of 46 candidates running to become...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 11, 2021
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Aug 18, 2021 at 10:28 pm | 29 comments | 12161 Views


A new challenge: What to do when everything is closed?

Who among us would have ever thought three weeks ago that a pretty flower-looking corona virus would spread worldwide so rapidly and would affect so...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 15, 2020
Last comment by Ron, on Mar 21, 2020 at 6:57 pm | 29 comments | 35866 Views


Are parents coddling their kids too much?

Consider the following: Teens, the past couple of years, are complaining more and more that they are stressed out, overworked, and feel bad whenever they are criticized...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 1, 2019
Last comment by Ladies, Is Your Ex ALWAYS On Your Mind?, on Mar 7, 2019 at 6:35 am | 28 comments | 22114 Views


Why I wasn’t walking in the Women’s Marches

I have been a feminist for years – not the bra-burning type – but a strong advocate for women’s rights, equality in the workplace and in our country, and have...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 24, 2019
Last comment by Pietro sc, on Feb 7, 2019 at 5:31 pm | 28 comments | 13503 Views


Man-up about stressing-out

Thanksgiving week was so stressful, wasn't it?" my white-haired elderly neighbor said as she waked by my driveway. "I just came back from Safeway and I could feel...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 8, 2021
Last comment by Judy Lange, on Dec 15, 2021 at 12:39 pm | 28 comments | 9302 Views


Let’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 | 6885 Views


Memo to PA Police Chief Jonsen: What are you hiding from us? And why?

TO: Robert Jonsen, Chief of Police, Palo Alto FROM: Diana Diamond, Palo Alto resident TOPIC: Keeping residents in the dark about police activities Chief,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 4, 2021
Last comment by Staying Young Through Kids, on May 10, 2021 at 1:13 pm | 28 comments | 10268 Views


Union demands too many: Open up the schools now!

Should teachers be prioritized over others to get the coronavirus vaccine? Most of us would probably say yes, BUT… and there’s usually a “but” about most...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 21, 2021
Last comment by peppered, on May 16, 2021 at 3:47 pm | 27 comments | 13530 Views


'Don't talk to the press'

In a proposed new handbook for some 41 members on Palo Alto's boards and commissions, one recommendation from city staff states that these council appointees should...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 13, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Oct 21, 2020 at 11:23 am | 27 comments | 13029 Views


If at first the city does not succeed …

Once again (sigh), our city officials in Palo Alto are moving ahead to adopt a business tax – the revenue will probably go into the city’s general operating...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 3, 2022
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Feb 10, 2022 at 9:32 am | 27 comments | 9243 Views


City staff is running Palo Alto

There have been subtle but significant changes in the interplay between the Palo Alto City Council and the city’s top administrators, most notably City Manager...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 28, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Aug 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm | 26 comments | 14662 Views


A new way to choose a U.S. vice presidential candidate

Mention the 2024 presidential election and many Democrats already are saying “Gee, I like Biden, but there’s this age problem. He’s getting older,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 17, 2023
Last comment by J Randall, on May 1, 2023 at 8:43 am | 26 comments | 3751 Views


No person is above the law, including police officers.

No man is above the law. We’ve heard that phrase repeatedly in recent weeks applied to Pres. Donald Trump as the Congressional House hearings on his impeachment...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 25, 2019
Last comment by Slap Em Down n Person, on Feb 10, 2020 at 2:19 pm | 26 comments | 19582 Views


Environmentalists will soon be fighting housing advocates over what to do with the SF Bay locally

A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision has produced a challenge for liberal residents in the area – do you want to turn a whopping 1,400...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 18, 2019
Last comment by Moslitski, on Apr 8, 2019 at 10:13 am | 26 comments | 12359 Views


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 | 13617 Views


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 | 15101 Views


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 | 11499 Views
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