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Propaganda, disinformation invade our lives -- here, and in Ukraine

The disinformation about the invasion of Ukraine that is being broadcast by Putin to his people is frightening, to say the least, for the message Putin is spewing...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 8, 2022
Last comment by Russ Wilkins, on Mar 16, 2022 at 11:57 am | 36 comments | 6820 Views

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A left- v. right-hand problem in PA’s push to be an “all-electric city”

Will Palo Alto and other local cities have adequate distribution systems to go all-electric by 2030? Some utility experts say absolutely not – we don’t...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 2, 2022
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Mar 10, 2022 at 5:19 pm | 16 comments | 5378 Views

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Palo Alto City Council: Get rid of police encryption! Now! Please!

How long will it take the Palo Alto City Council to discuss the police encryption problem? When will the city’s top staff members stop saying that encryption must...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 22, 2022
Last comment by Eeyore (formerly StarSpring), on Mar 2, 2022 at 8:46 am | 16 comments | 13693 Views

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Palo Alto needs to prioritize its priorities

Palo Alto’s new priorities are nice. So very nice. The four the city council decided on for 2922 encompass many of this city’s worries and concerns...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 9, 2022
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Feb 15, 2022 at 4:27 am | 15 comments | 5395 Views

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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 | 5478 Views

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Don’t jump on the single-payer bandwagon yet – we can’t afford it!

Toss away those Medicare and MediCal cards – they will be invalid. Forget about paying your monthly health premium rates – you will no longer be charged for...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 26, 2022
Last comment by maguro_01, on Feb 5, 2022 at 10:54 pm | 49 comments | 6566 Views

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Sutter and PAMF — protect your patients from coronavirus — not just your employees

For months, I declared that I would not write about the COVID-19 virus and its variants because we are bombarded with daily reports in the press, and on daily radio...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 22, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Jan 27, 2022 at 8:03 am | 42 comments | 6920 Views

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Bay Area public transit is in trouble: Can our failing systems be saved?

Let us imagine that you have just been appointed the chief public transit guru in the Bay Area. You achieved this very important post because the transit committee...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 11, 2022
Last comment by Carolyn Ober, on Jan 21, 2022 at 12:19 pm | 35 comments | 6516 Views

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Big changes needed in Palo Alto -- including spending control

For your consideration, Palo Altans: We need a change in the way this city is governed. Given our gigantic city budget, our thousand-plus employees and the increasing...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 4, 2022
Last comment by Paul Withrow, on Jan 8, 2022 at 2:19 pm | 12 comments | 5141 Views

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Problems within the Palo Alto Police Department

The lack of transparency in the Palo Alto Police Department is increasing month by month, now in a worrisome way. For the past two-plus years, the city council...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 19, 2021
Last comment by Diana Diamond, on Dec 26, 2021 at 1:03 pm | 33 comments | 10208 Views

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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 | 5404 Views

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Please prioritize saving Palo Alto's emptying downtown

Once again, Palo Alto residents are being asked to submit a list of their priorities for the city council to tackle in the upcoming 2022 year. The council has...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 3, 2021
Last comment by Jamie Long, on Dec 9, 2021 at 12:21 pm | 50 comments | 8478 Views

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Americans are angrier this year. Are hate groups contributing to the anger?

We Americans are angry, locally and nationally. We have become meaner, more demanding, more defensive and more intolerant. But we also do feel more entitled. This...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 20, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Nov 28, 2021 at 1:40 pm | 49 comments | 8940 Views

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Will winter outdoor restaurants work?

Will the restaurants with their outdoor eating sections survive during the winter? Will California Avenue, the city's second downtown, continue to have the street...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 13, 2021
Last comment by Lauren Jacobs, on Nov 20, 2021 at 8:37 am | 20 comments | 6954 Views

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'Let us now praise famous men' and women, not wait until they die

We all go through life, I suspect, wondering what people real¬ly think of us. Is he a fine man, a narcissistic one, a real gentleman, a sneaky person? Is she gentle,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 27, 2021
Last comment by Anna Mike, on Nov 20, 2021 at 4:15 am | 9 comments | 6894 Views

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Let's award our public employees for working -- ??

More, we need more. Our public employee morale is down. Two more assistant city managers are what City Manager Ed Shikada asked the Palo Alto City Council to...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 3, 2021
Last comment by Rusty Taylor, on Nov 11, 2021 at 11:53 am | 25 comments | 7544 Views

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Jumping on a bandwagon that ends up breaking down

This is the environmental way to go. This is the solution to managing our traffic problems. This is the appropriate way to use -- and save -- energy in our community....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 21, 2021
Last comment by Amyra Patel, on Oct 27, 2021 at 12:35 pm | 22 comments | 9704 Views

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Democracy and our police departments

"Democracy is very fragile," David Kennedy, noted historian and emeritus professor at Stanford, said a couple of years ago at a class of his I attended. The loss...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 13, 2021
Last comment by R. Cavendish, on Oct 19, 2021 at 1:06 pm | 15 comments | 8259 Views

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Is PAMF running amok?

I don't want to write this, but problems at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation are still increasing. For years I have been a very happy patient at their Palo Alto...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 25, 2021
Last comment by P2L1, on Oct 12, 2021 at 6:53 pm | 47 comments | 23137 Views

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Please stop interrupting me! Right? Wrong?

Some people are shy. They don't talk much. Some people like to talk; some love to talk, and talk, oftentimes without seemingly coming up for a breath of air. Some...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 6, 2021
Last comment by Mondoman, on Oct 10, 2021 at 11:44 pm | 5 comments | 9163 Views
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