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Union demands too many: Open up the schools now!

Should teachers be prioritized over others to get the coronavirus vaccine? Most of us would probably say yes, BUT… and there’s usually a “but” about most...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 21, 2021
Last comment by peppered, on May 16, 2021 at 3:47 pm | 27 comments | 10115 Views

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Memo to PA Police Chief Jonsen: What are you hiding from us? And why?

TO: Robert Jonsen, Chief of Police, Palo Alto FROM: Diana Diamond, Palo Alto resident TOPIC: Keeping residents in the dark about police activities Chief,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 4, 2021
Last comment by Staying Young Through Kids, on May 10, 2021 at 1:13 pm | 28 comments | 6498 Views

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Climate change: A critical challenge for Palo Alto? Or, an impossible goal?

The Palo Alto City Council has taken on what environmentalists see as an important big step in trying to cut this city’s carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 28, 2021
Last comment by Me 2, on May 3, 2021 at 11:28 pm | 22 comments | 5732 Views

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Don’t keep information from the public

We have a city hall and police department transparency problem in Palo Alto that seems to be quietly but quickly expanding. That’s because: City Manager...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 20, 2021
Last comment by Sue Dremann, on Apr 30, 2021 at 2:09 pm | 13 comments | 4902 Views

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My Man vs. Squirrel

I never thought much about squirrels until I owned a dog. Dogs love these little bushy-tailed critters and have great fun unsuccessfully chasing them. But now my...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 13, 2021
Last comment by Trish, on Apr 19, 2021 at 9:18 pm | 8 comments | 5681 Views

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The Power Outage: From a Lemon to Lemonade

At 5 p.m. on Saturday, my power went out, along with 7,000 other Palo Alto residents. I think for all of us on the Peninsula, power outages occasionally occur, so...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 29, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Apr 14, 2021 at 11:48 am | 16 comments | 8623 Views

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Palo Alto has an escalating transparency problem -- the police have shut their doors

On Monday, April 5, the police chief of Minneapolis, Medaria Arradondo, was testifying at the George Floyd trial about his professional view that defendant Derek...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 6, 2021
Last comment by Ruben Marquez, on Apr 13, 2021 at 12:35 pm | 8 comments | 6139 Views

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The coronavirus vaccine: So we had the capability of sending a man to the moon . . .

The incompetency in this country to produce and provide enough COVID-19 vaccines to Americans is most disturbing. As the age-old adage goes, if America can send...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 20, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Mar 29, 2021 at 3:17 pm | 17 comments | 8710 Views

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What I Saw on Mulberry Street – and other cultural revisions

Writing about racism in our society today is always a delicate – and sometimes a dicey -- matter. Some people, it seems, are rushing to declare a book as “racist”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 9, 2021
Last comment by ariel fleming, on Mar 19, 2021 at 11:40 am | 72 comments | 15391 Views

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Whoof! Our problems have all disappeared

We have no more "problems." They are now all gone. Instead, we only have “challenges.” Yes, “New Speak,” as George Orwell once phrased it in “1984,”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 2, 2021
Last comment by avery james, on Mar 5, 2021 at 2:40 pm | 13 comments | 7785 Views

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Can you hear me yet?

Scene — Ten members of the “Over 50” club, each sitting in front of their computer, trying to participate in a meeting on Zoom. Janice: “Can...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 12, 2021
Last comment by Jeff Knowles, on Feb 15, 2021 at 4:50 pm | 5 comments | 9330 Views

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Pesky annoyances are hurting medical clinics — and they need to be solved

The medical profession tries to run customer-friendly efficient clinics, and in some areas — like phone call reminders of upcoming visits,— they do a...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 3, 2021
Last comment by Longtime Resident, on Feb 9, 2021 at 3:56 pm | 17 comments | 9563 Views

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A lot can happen in one year — or — it isn’t what it used to be

I am amazed at how our lives have changed around the world because of one stupid virus, that keeps on morphing away so that it becomes more and more contagious. ...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 27, 2021
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Feb 2, 2021 at 10:27 pm | 2 comments | 8249 Views

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Inaugural reflections

The rapid repair of the country’s Capitol shows what our country can do. By Inauguration Day it was repaired, and bedecked with furling flags, appropriate...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 20, 2021
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Jan 26, 2021 at 9:44 am | 39 comments | 9397 Views

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PA Police: Too drastic a decision on banning police information from public

The Palo Alto Police Department definitely made a mistake when it abruptly sent an email to local media on Tuesday, Jan. 5, stating that starting immediately the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 10, 2021
Last comment by Duveneck neighbor, on Jan 14, 2021 at 1:32 pm | 6 comments | 8448 Views

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2021: Council changes challenging

Palo Altans have a new city council, and things will soon change in this town -- for the better, I hope. The council will assume more control of the city; the role...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 6, 2021
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Jan 11, 2021 at 9:17 pm | 8 comments | 7783 Views

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2021: The time to think outside the box

Begone 2020. You were not a good year. Welcome 2021. You will have a busy year, because we have a lot of challenges for you! 2021 is a very special time, because...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 28, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Dec 28, 2020 at 10:02 pm | 3 comments | 8822 Views

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A tedious tale about testing

==I NOTE: Since this blog was posted late afternoon, 12/15, I was able to talk to someone at the city. The Palo Alto Art Center will soon be closed. Two testing...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 15, 2020
Last comment by TimR, on Dec 23, 2020 at 11:27 pm | 14 comments | 11190 Views

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Palo Alto utility gas overcharges are illegal, judge says -- but there are other questionable charges at City Hall

Palo Alto resident Miriam Green got her monthly utility bill, and realized how much of the money the Utilities Department gets from customer gas, electric and water...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 8, 2020
Last comment by Diana Diamond, on Dec 15, 2020 at 3:55 pm | 10 comments | 10486 Views

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Time to tighten up the PA city council meetings

When I mention to my friends that I usually watch the Palo Alto City Council meetings on Monday nights, their quick response: "How can you stand it!" Their...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 2, 2020
Last comment by Lee Forrest, on Dec 8, 2020 at 11:08 am | 8 comments | 8339 Views
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