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Fussy (too fussy?) about the foods we eat

I happen to be one of those “eat to live” kinds of people, rather than a “live to eat” type. But for either, I love to cook. Most of the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 18, 2019
Last comment by Common sense, 20 hours ago | 5 comments | 296 Views

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Utility rates go up and up; residents can’t do much but to keep on paying them

I was cleaning out an old file cabinet drawer recently and stuck to the side was a 1993 bill from the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department for $100.67 for the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 13, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on May 16, 2019 at 4:19 pm | 8 comments | 499 Views

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Seven, not five, council members need to decide this major issue

We need a seven, not a five-member Palo Alto City Council to decide on what the city should soon do about grade separations at the four traffic crossings over Caltrain...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 30, 2019
Last comment by Mja1, on May 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm | 17 comments | 1275 Views

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We have no privacy left

I realized a couple of years ago that I am being “watched.” I didn’t think much of it at the time, because I saw those cameras in CVS and Safeway and at traffic...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 5, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on May 11, 2019 at 12:52 pm | 22 comments | 1138 Views

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Are we too divided as a society? Even locally?

Rigidity. A lack of willingness to change one’s views – or really listen to other people’s point-of-view. It’s happening here in Palo Alto, it’s happening...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 9, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Apr 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm | 51 comments | 2715 Views

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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 | 1085 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 | 1300 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 | 24 comments | 1692 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 | 2346 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 | 1158 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 | 2461 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 | 2046 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 | 2578 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 | 4100 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 | 2363 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 | 2792 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 | 3447 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 | 3715 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 | 2573 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 | 2645 Views
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