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What I will remember about Ruth Bader Ginsburg

During my junior year in college, I decided to take a course on the Supreme Court, knowing too little about this branch of government. The very first question the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 21, 2020
Last comment by Squidsie, on Sep 22, 2020 at 9:50 am | 5 comments | 8814 Views

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Terribly mixed messages about COVID-19 -- who to believe and how careful should we be?

I am very confused because of the mixed messages I've been getting about the coronavirus. On Tuesday, the NYT reported that studies show that we all should continue...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 10, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 17, 2020 at 8:58 pm | 22 comments | 13629 Views

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'Ignoring what's wrong has never made anything right'

For months I have talked to a number of people who said they are zoning out on this election -- they can't stand all the politicizing of every issue, they can't...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 15, 2020
Last comment by James Thurber, on Sep 16, 2020 at 1:25 pm | 4 comments | 7358 Views

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Is the City of Palo Alto transparent enough -- or is information being kept from the public?

Eighteen-plus months -- that's how long it's taken so far for Palo Alto to choose a new auditor, a position required in the city charter. Residents still haven't...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 2, 2020
Last comment by Anne, on Sep 7, 2020 at 1:15 pm | 12 comments | 9110 Views

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I am bored. Are you?

It's been five months now of self-isolation, thanks to the coronavirus. And I am bored. It's not that I am not doing things -- like four or five zoom meetings...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 25, 2020
Last comment by Steven Goldstein, on Sep 2, 2020 at 2:07 am | 31 comments | 15897 Views

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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 | 10760 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 | 14708 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 | 13834 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 | 13556 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 | 10173 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 | 17417 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 | 12881 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 | 21211 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 | 10653 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 | 10594 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 | 11204 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 | 12408 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 | 12746 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 | 9917 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 | 16868 Views
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