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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 Don't Be EVIL Companies, 10 hours ago | 26 comments | 1267 Views

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Gobbledygook goings on in Palo Alto

We all know the local governments at times try to hide things, despite their loud proclamations of how transparent they always are. But the opaqueness continues. A...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 7, 2018
Last comment by Corruption begins at the top, on Dec 13, 2018 at 3:15 pm | 6 comments | 2502 Views

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Palo Alto’s biggest problem?

When retiring City Manager Jim Keene gave to a talk to the Rotary Club of Palo Alto recently, he ended it by saying he thought Palo Alto’s biggest upcoming...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 30, 2018
Last comment by Carlos Marcos, on Dec 9, 2018 at 12:36 am | 21 comments | 2501 Views

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Can we ever improve our schools?

When I think about my K-12 education, and I look back at my kids’ and now my grandkids’ education, things haven’t really changed that much. Yes, penmanship,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 17, 2018
Last comment by public teacher, on Nov 24, 2018 at 4:06 pm | 11 comments | 1892 Views

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Post-election reflections -- and sponges

Let’s talk local. In the five-candidate Palo Alto City Council race, Alison Cormack was the big winner. She campaigned actively, sent out fliers and ran lots...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 8, 2018
Last comment by Annette, on Nov 13, 2018 at 6:50 am | 13 comments | 2057 Views

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The Catholic Church must rid this pedophile problem

Appalling and outrageous! That’s my reaction to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report’s conclusion that more than 300 priests committed sexual offenses...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 16, 2018
Last comment by Ann Stokman, on Nov 12, 2018 at 11:20 am | 35 comments | 3722 Views

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No on Palo Alto Measure F, and leave our clocks alone!

If you haven’t seen enough “No on F” signs in town, or read all the editorials against Measure F (e.g., The Palo Alto Weekly’s “No,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 11, 2018
Last comment by Jessica H., on Nov 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm | 23 comments | 3491 Views

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2018 pre-election reflections

Election Day is (finally) almost here. It’s a very important one nationally, the outcome of which may foretell whether President Trump will be reelected in 2020....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 1, 2018
Last comment by DataNotNeeded, on Nov 5, 2018 at 12:57 pm | 10 comments | 1938 Views

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Good – and not-so-good things -- that are happening in Palo Alto

Traffic problems again (not good) -- Residents are certainly not shy in letting the city know about their traffic problems. When Mayor Liz Kniss looked into...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 25, 2018
Last comment by dtnorth, on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:47 am | 21 comments | 3455 Views

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Should we get rid of state propositions on the ballot?

It’s that time of year again -- our biennial political happening – voting! This year we have some 11 state propositions on our ballots (#9 of 12 was removed),...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 17, 2018
Last comment by voter, on Oct 22, 2018 at 8:36 pm | 14 comments | 2134 Views

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Questions on my mind about Palo Alto

I oftentimes come across things in Palo Alto that make me wonder, “Why does the city …” “Does data on how much services are used back up what the city is...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 4, 2018
Last comment by Annette, on Oct 10, 2018 at 12:49 am | 16 comments | 2238 Views

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He said, she said, Mark Judge didn’t say: Kavanaugh-Ford Part 2

A week ago I wrote about Christine Blasley Ford, calling her a brave woman. After hearing her testimony Thursday, I think she was extremely brave. Hers was a...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 27, 2018
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Sep 30, 2018 at 7:13 pm | 35 comments | 3647 Views

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He said – she said – who is lying? Justice Brett Kavanaugh or PA resident Christine Ford

Christine Blasey Ford is my new heroine. I am so proud of her that she finally decided to go public about her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 17, 2018
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Sep 19, 2018 at 6:34 pm | 69 comments | 18465 Views

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One 57-year-old son (mine) on one bike pedaled 6,009 miles alone through Europe

As I mother, I was delighted – and dismayed – that my son had decided to make a nearly four-month trek from the Arctic Circle in northern Norway all...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 13, 2018
Last comment by Susan, on Sep 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm | 7 comments | 1193 Views

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Registering businesses is a flop in Palo Alto

For years, the Palo Alto City Council has tried over and over again to either license or register all businesses in town for a variety of somewhat specious reasons....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 6, 2018
Last comment by Not so evil, probably., on Sep 12, 2018 at 11:41 am | 11 comments | 1453 Views

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Palo Alto's problems -- crows, rats and airplanes

Crows! Roof rats! Noisy airplanes! I’ve been asking Palo Alto residents what bothers them in their daily lives this summer and their responses were surprising...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 17, 2018
Last comment by Lahaina , on Sep 8, 2018 at 6:11 pm | 19 comments | 2599 Views

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Are city officials cluttering up our streets?

Do you know that Palo Alto has a “Complete Streets” program? Until last week, I hadn’t heard this term. But council members adopted this complete...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 28, 2018
Last comment by Anon, on Sep 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm | 31 comments | 3027 Views

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Why aren’t my teeth part of my body?

I feel disconnected. Part of me suddenly seems theoretically gone. According to most insurance policies, including Medicare, my teeth evidently are not part of my...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 23, 2018
Last comment by peppered, on Aug 28, 2018 at 3:19 pm | 11 comments | 2411 Views

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Tell Me: Are Parents Today Overreacting to Child Safety Concerns?

I was touched by a column I recently read in The New York Times, “Motherhood in the Age of Fear,” by Kim Brooks, a mother who left her 4-year-old son...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 9, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on Aug 23, 2018 at 7:32 am | 23 comments | 3139 Views

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Politicians Are Still Politicians: The Growth Debate Reversals

It was a most unusual Palo Alto City Council meeting Monday, July 30. It was politics at its worst – or for some of the council members, perhaps politics at...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 31, 2018
Last comment by First Responders, on Aug 7, 2018 at 10:28 am | 11 comments | 1183 Views
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Babka bakery to open Thursday in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 10 comments | 6,777 views

A draconian idea for more high-rise housing in our cities
By Diana Diamond | 26 comments | 1,267 views

Ten Tips for Teens and Young Adults to Survive a Dysfunctional Family
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,263 views

UCSB's CCS program
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 1 comment | 1,253 views

Farm Bill Passes Congress
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 673 views