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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 | 7976 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 | 6152 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 | 11979 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 | 6462 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 | 9637 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 | 10459 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 | 8440 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 | 8106 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 | 8839 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 | 11228 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 | 9551 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 | 27298 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 | 10840 Views

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Palo Alto officials: Stop milking us for more money!

Once again, another utilities rate hike is in store for Palo Alto residents, courtesy of our city manager and council. Will these almost annual hikes never stop?...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 28, 2021
Last comment by S.+Underwood, on Oct 5, 2021 at 10:00 am | 20 comments | 11736 Views

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Do we really have a housing crisis?

The repeated refrain these past several years: We have a housing crisis in town -- we have to build more housing units so more people can live in our fair cities. Most...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 23, 2021
Last comment by Gale+Johnson, on Sep 30, 2021 at 8:16 pm | 46 comments | 13472 Views

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PA's downtown business problems not simple to solve

Some businesses are closing in Palo Alto's downtown; city business revenues the past two years have dropped significantly, and the town's main street connecting...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 15, 2021
Last comment by dana hendrickson, on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:07 pm | 8 comments | 12672 Views

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Hey guys, it's your turn now to become mothers!

I am tired of those men, particularly the males in the Texas legislature, dictating what women can, and cannot do, with their own bodies. That's been a BIG topic...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 6, 2021
Last comment by Zayda, on Sep 11, 2021 at 12:48 am | 20 comments | 9442 Views

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Gas use or gas ban? Consider all the good -- and bad -- effects

We make community decisions all the time. Sometimes we vote "yes" because it seems like the PC way to act. But oftentimes in our patriotic environmental...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 1, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Sep 8, 2021 at 10:37 pm | 36 comments | 11383 Views

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Afghanistan: Why did this all happen?

==I NOTE: American attention the past few days has focused on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Many of our friends and neighbors are talking about what happened....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 17, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Aug 26, 2021 at 9:06 am | 55 comments | 10005 Views

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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 | 9357 Views
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