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'But baby, it's cold outside'

Local cities have been opening up their main streets to outdoor summer dining, providing a lovely way to spend a warm summer evening. The restaurants have carefully...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 18, 2020
Last comment by Alvin, on Aug 25, 2020 at 4:25 pm | 17 comments | 11678 Views

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Can we do anything about the coronavirus?

Say goodbye to asking your neighbors over for a drink or a BBQ – such activities have suddenly been disallowed by Santa Clara County because of the rising...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 21, 2020
Last comment by Steven Goldstein, on Aug 21, 2020 at 5:19 pm | 49 comments | 15720 Views

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Constantly coping with the virus: We need a total lockdown now

We can't go on like this. Weeks go by, and then months, and instead of getting better, more and more of us have gotten the coronavirus -- or have died. The nationwide...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 11, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Aug 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm | 58 comments | 14791 Views

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Do peaceful protests do any good? How about the more violent ones?

For the past couple of months, protests condemning the deadly beating by police in Minneapolis of George Floyd and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement have...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 4, 2020
Last comment by Jennifer, on Aug 5, 2020 at 3:27 pm | 7 comments | 14781 Views

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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 | 11264 Views

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What’s wrong with this picture? PA city manager earns more than the president!

It’s just our money that the City of Palo Alto is spending, so why should we get concerned? But I am, because this week I saw what the city staff and particularly...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 5, 2020
Last comment by Steve Ramsay, on Jul 28, 2020 at 3:49 pm | 49 comments | 18713 Views

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The dual dilemma for students and adults – will working from home really work?

The big conundrum facing us this summer and well into the autumn months is: a) should our kids go to school and risk exposure to the corona virus or can they be...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 7, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Jul 23, 2020 at 9:10 am | 56 comments | 13893 Views

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Question today: What will be our new normal?

Normal is gone. Our yesterdays will not be our tomorrows. Our current life styles are dramatically changing, and may never return. Thank you COVID-19. But...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 14, 2020
Last comment by The Oblivion Express, on Jul 20, 2020 at 12:17 pm | 22 comments | 22693 Views

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In one fell swoop, council approves spending millions. Does the city really care about money?

We all were told that Palo Alto had a $40 million budget deficit and needed to cut all sorts of programs and services to balance the budget. And Monday night council...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 23, 2020
Last comment by C, on Jun 30, 2020 at 11:08 am | 18 comments | 11707 Views

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Should Palo Alto police be reformed? “It can’t happen here” -- or can it?

“It can’t happen here,” two Palo Alto city council members said at Monday’s meeting when discussing the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 9, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jun 26, 2020 at 8:08 pm | 42 comments | 11499 Views

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The irony of it all: Dropped into a deep dark hole at city hall

How ironic! The city of Palo Alto has decided to sign a new lease with the Palo Alto school district to save $2.7 million, which will reduce the space the city and...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 16, 2020
Last comment by Pat Is Spot On., on Jun 19, 2020 at 4:28 pm | 14 comments | 12221 Views

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Such delightful city employee perks

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” William Shakespeare once proclaimed in “Hamlet.” I will soften that considerably, but suggest...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 1, 2020
Last comment by Concerned Palo Altan , on Jun 9, 2020 at 6:29 pm | 51 comments | 13414 Views

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Why I am suspicious about PA’s budget cuts

When I first saw a list of proposed cuts the city staff had recommended for the Palo Alto city budget (due to a COVID-19 $38 million loss of revenue), I became suspicious....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 25, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Jun 2, 2020 at 2:47 am | 47 comments | 13726 Views

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Remembrance of things past: former Stanford president, Donald Kennedy

I once had the privilege of working for Donald Kennedy. It was shortly after he became president of Stanford in 1980, and I had just started working in the Office...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 27, 2020
Last comment by Solar Panel, on May 29, 2020 at 8:58 pm | 8 comments | 10804 Views

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When will this end?

Who would have ever thought that a tiny little virus, a microorganism, would have the wherewithal to cause our entire world to come to a standstill? Hundreds of...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 12, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on May 25, 2020 at 11:25 am | 56 comments | 17965 Views

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Everything’s relative in life, and yesterday will not be tomorrow

We all react to the coronavirus in different ways. Some people are locked behind their doors; others question the shutdown; some say they will never catch it so...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 19, 2020
Last comment by home of the bloggers, on May 22, 2020 at 4:44 pm | 15 comments | 10446 Views

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What ever happened to honesty in our country?

Whatever happened to honesty in America. Is lying – or relying on so-called “alternative facts” becoming more acceptable? Why? The honesty issue...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by waasymoto, on May 10, 2020 at 10:49 am | 52 comments | 18815 Views

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Are we losing our common sense?

In our collective concern about coronavirus, some decisions are being made that defy common sense. Our roads are emptier the past couple of weeks, since everyone...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 20, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Apr 29, 2020 at 7:05 pm | 60 comments | 19868 Views

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Is Palo Alto too generous in paying its staff?

Palo Alto spends $6 million a month on employee salaries plus health benefits. Just a little over a week ago, the Palo City Council decided, somewhat abruptly, to...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 14, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Apr 21, 2020 at 1:02 pm | 33 comments | 13912 Views

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Coronavirus: my early April thoughts – and fears

I wake up in the morning. Is it Friday? Or maybe it’s Tuesday or Wednesday. What day was yesterday? Is yesterday just going to be like today, and what about...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 5, 2020
Last comment by Wartime Leaders vs bone spur 'leaders', on Apr 13, 2020 at 9:33 am | 16 comments | 10966 Views
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