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SENIOR FOCUS

Taking the Trick out of the Treat

I guess it's a sure sign of getting older and crotchety, but something really bothers me when I walk into the local supermarket (which shall remain nameless, except...

Original post made by Max Greenberg on Oct. 13, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Nov 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm | 21 comments | 6569 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Good – and not-so-good things -- that are happening in Palo Alto

Traffic problems again (not good) -- Residents are certainly not shy in letting the city know about their traffic problems. When Mayor Liz Kniss looked into...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 25, 2018
Last comment by dtnorth, on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:47 am | 21 comments | 11280 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Palo Alto’s biggest problem?

When retiring City Manager Jim Keene gave to a talk to the Rotary Club of Palo Alto recently, he ended it by saying he thought Palo Alto’s biggest upcoming...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 30, 2018
Last comment by Carlos Marcos, on Dec 9, 2018 at 12:36 am | 21 comments | 9792 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Stanford’s Cantor Museum banner raises questions, some unintended

The banner was stretched across the large entrance to the Cantor Museum at Stanford University. It spread across half the room, although the right side was not completely...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 30, 2019
Last comment by Al Ward, on Sep 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm | 21 comments | 10614 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Does Palo Alto City Hall have a new cover-up culture?

What is happening to Palo Alto’s officials, most notably City Manager Ed Shikada, who ordered all city employees not to talk to the press about a June 3 911...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 25, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Oct 4, 2019 at 8:43 am | 21 comments | 10048 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Wait, wait – we’re working on it

The wheels of local government often turn very slowly – projects seem to take years, rather than months to complete. This week I came across a lengthy city...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 18, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 25, 2020 at 5:45 pm | 21 comments | 10447 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Why does it take Palo Alto so long to get things done?

A recent headline in one of the local papers declared “City moves swiftly to …” A local city moves swiftly! Wow! I say. Because to me, local cities...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 18, 2021
Last comment by Cameron Rivers, on Jun 22, 2021 at 10:23 am | 21 comments | 9588 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

What does it mean to be a "realist" about climate?

I recently tuned into a city discussion about reducing local emissions. Senior Resource Planner Jonathan Abendschein was giving a progress update on his team’s...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Feb. 14, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Feb 21, 2021 at 1:01 pm | 21 comments | 11317 Views

OFF DEADLINE

Is Mayor Sid Espinosa's glass half empty or overflowing?

Every mayor in recent decades has had a unique experience, following the usually pro-forma election and inauguration at the first City Council meeting in January....

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Aug. 5, 2011
Last comment by barry, on Jan 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm | 20 comments | 11174 Views

OFF DEADLINE

Is Mayor Sid Espinosa's glass half empty or overflowing?

Every mayor in recent decades has had a unique experience, following the usually pro-forma election and inauguration at the first City Council meeting in January....

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Aug. 5, 2011
Last comment by barry, on Jan 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm | 20 comments | 6094 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Public Art Policy

There has long been widespread public dissatisfaction with what has been chosen as public art and the process behind those choices. This is good time to visit City...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 7, 2015
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Feb 16, 2015 at 12:23 pm | 20 comments | 13612 Views

OFF DEADLINE

When Ted Kennedy was young, lean and stood on folding chairs ...

The passing of Ted Kennedy this week evokes a particular personal memory from decades back, when we were both younger and leaner. One day in 1960 I was heading...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Aug. 26, 2009
Last comment by Gordon, on Sep 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm | 20 comments | 14587 Views

OFF DEADLINE

When Ted Kennedy was young, lean and stood on folding chairs ...

The passing of Ted Kennedy this week evokes a particular personal memory from decades back, when we were both younger and leaner. One day in 1960 I was heading...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Aug. 26, 2009
Last comment by Gordon, on Sep 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm | 20 comments | 8827 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

SB35: Taking power from the people

Who would ever think that the way to increase affordable housing would be to make it more expensive? That what the backers of California Senate Bill 35 (SB35) would...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 31, 2017
Last comment by Michael Goldman, on Nov 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm | 20 comments | 9756 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Humpty Dumpty's Theory of Meaning + 1984 + Overton Window

Respect for language is essential for a meaningful, productive discussion. Developing a sensitivity to misuse and manipulation of language is a foundation of critical...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 17, 2018
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Mar 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm | 20 comments | 16045 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Use-Mention distinction fading; Idiocracy ascendant

Failures to make this distinction can have substantial real-world consequences, damaging reputations and lives. Yet in even the simplest cases of this aspect of...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 21, 2018
Last comment by the_punnisher, on Jul 27, 2018 at 12:18 am | 20 comments | 6980 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Remember the failures for when it's time for fixes: COVID-19

I likely have COVID-19, but mine is so mild that I wouldn't have noticed if I were keeping a normal sleep schedule. But like so, so many others, I will never show...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 27, 2020
Last comment by home front for Corona, on Apr 3, 2020 at 11:11 am | 20 comments | 6200 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

15 Peninsula sandwiches we’re craving now

By Sara Hayden We enjoy a good sandwich as a perfectly self-contained, hand-held meal or a decadent indulgence accompanied by a stack of napkins. These...

Original post made by The Peninsula Foodist on Jan. 7, 2022
Last comment by AdjunctProfessorville, on Jan 12, 2022 at 7:35 pm | 20 comments | 7969 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

An Easy Emissions Win

The media had some excellent coverage of climate change this past week. I hope you were able to read some of it. Among my favorites...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 22, 2019
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Sep 29, 2019 at 8:27 am | 20 comments | 12930 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

California Economy Update

A reader asked for an update on the California economy and budget. This post is about the economy and the next post is about the budget. The overall CA economy...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 19, 2012
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm | 20 comments | 18902 Views
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