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Reflections on Palo Alto's Centennial -- now it's the city's 125th birthday!

This Sunday, April 28th, Palo Alto will officially celebrate its 125th birthday. It’s a time to celebrate! 125 years ago, in April 1894, this small community...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 25, 2019
Last comment by mauricio, on Apr 26, 2019 at 10:49 am | 4 comments | 8241 Views

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All those things our city does – and doesn’t -- do

I call this my potpourri blog because lots of good and bad things are happening in Palo Alto and I want your reactions to some of these issues. For example: •...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 16, 2019
Last comment by mary ann, on Apr 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm | 7 comments | 8073 Views

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Be careful what you call me.

Please don’t call me a “lady.” Or collectively address my friends and myself as “ladies.” Oftentimes, I get emails that start off with “Dear Ladies.”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 25, 2019
Last comment by Female, on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:35 am | 23 comments | 17332 Views

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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 | 9345 Views

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Don’t close Churchill Avenue at the tracks

Palo Alto is having a lot of trouble figuring out what kind of grade separations should be used at railroad crossings to accommodate an estimated 20 trains an hour...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 1, 2019
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Apr 8, 2019 at 12:26 am | 13 comments | 7995 Views

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A new PA mayor is facing many challenges

Palo Alto has a new mayor, councilman Eric Filseth, who was unanimously elected Monday night. I have many good wishes for him – including good luck. “Luck”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 8, 2019
Last comment by Richmond VA Tree Trimming, on Mar 28, 2019 at 11:20 pm | 8 comments | 9397 Views

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Let’s reconsider our “jobs-housing imbalance” problem

The headline in The Mercury News on Thursday was indeed alarming: “Palo Alto at nearly 3 times the size?” If Senate Bill 50 were to become law, which is a distinct...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 7, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Mar 12, 2019 at 5:56 pm | 19 comments | 9937 Views

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Let’s blame car drivers, not the pedestrians wearing black clothes!!??

A recent car column by Gary Richards in the Mercury News offered a reader suggestion that pedestrians and bicyclists should avoid wearing black clothes at night,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 22, 2019
Last comment by DIana Diamond, on Mar 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm | 25 comments | 14146 Views

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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 | 18063 Views

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We need a new garage downtown Palo Alto -- forget about being politically correct

Building a much-needed new parking garage in downtown Palo Alto is suddenly politically incorrect. The city council unexpectedly decided this past week to put the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 14, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Feb 22, 2019 at 9:41 am | 14 comments | 9939 Views

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A draconian idea for more high-rise housing in our cities

Suburban residents on the SF Peninsula may possibly be faced with draconian state rules that will dictate how dense and high housing must be built in areas near...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 11, 2018
Last comment by Lucille F. Parham, on Feb 17, 2019 at 9:45 pm | 34 comments | 10471 Views

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The trauma of having to renew my California driver’s license

THAT notice from the DMV arrived in my mailbox almost three months ago, announcing that I must renew my driver’s license by my birthday, Feb. 4th, and make an...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 9, 2019
Last comment by Lucille F. Parham, on Feb 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm | 15 comments | 38172 Views

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My Palo Alto pet peeves – yours too?

In my high school yearbook, we were each asked to list our “pet peeves” and the “peak positive points” about our senior year. It was a fun experience that...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 2, 2019
Last comment by Peter poper, on Feb 9, 2019 at 7:58 am | 23 comments | 11419 Views

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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 | 10329 Views

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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 | 9780 Views

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Gobbledygook goings on in Palo Alto

We all know the local governments at times try to hide things, despite their loud proclamations of how transparent they always are. But the opaqueness continues. A...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 7, 2018
Last comment by Codycross, on Jan 24, 2019 at 2:29 am | 7 comments | 10409 Views

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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 | 10163 Views

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Can we ever improve our schools?

When I think about my K-12 education, and I look back at my kids’ and now my grandkids’ education, things haven’t really changed that much. Yes, penmanship,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 17, 2018
Last comment by public teacher, on Nov 24, 2018 at 4:06 pm | 10 comments | 9463 Views

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Post-election reflections -- and sponges

Let’s talk local. In the five-candidate Palo Alto City Council race, Alison Cormack was the big winner. She campaigned actively, sent out fliers and ran lots...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 8, 2018
Last comment by Annette, on Nov 13, 2018 at 6:50 am | 13 comments | 13212 Views

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The Catholic Church must rid this pedophile problem

Appalling and outrageous! That’s my reaction to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report’s conclusion that more than 300 priests committed sexual offenses...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 16, 2018
Last comment by Ann Stokman, on Nov 12, 2018 at 11:20 am | 35 comments | 13380 Views
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