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Wait, wait – we’re working on it

The wheels of local government often turn very slowly – projects seem to take years, rather than months to complete. This week I came across a lengthy city...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 18, 2020
Last comment by More bikes, 19 hours ago | 18 comments | 2319 Views


The E.R.A. – no real equality yet. Why not?

When I was standing at the altar at age 21 rehearsing for my wedding, uttering the vow “to love, honor and obey,” I told the priest I would not say “obey.”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 20, 2020
Last comment by Pune Model, on Feb 21, 2020 at 4:35 am | 20 comments | 1553 Views


Super Bowl LIV viewers: Am I a prude?

You can call me a prude, or out-of-fashion, but I was appalled at the half-time show at yesterday’s (Feb. 2) Super Bowl LIV half-time show. And those 89 commercials...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 3, 2020
Last comment by dorcamelda@gmail.com, on Feb 21, 2020 at 4:08 am | 43 comments | 2140 Views


City’s “priorities” have become meaningless – and a waste of time

Once upon a time, but not too long ago, I used appreciate when city councils decided on priorities for the upcoming year – usually three or four problem areas...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 10, 2020
Last comment by neighbor, on Feb 17, 2020 at 11:23 am | 12 comments | 1665 Views


Palo Alto needs a new auditor NOW

Palo Alto has been without a permanent auditor for 11 months. Why should we care? Why even bother with an auditor? Our city is doing a reasonably good job, many...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 27, 2020
Last comment by Sharon E., on Feb 11, 2020 at 10:25 am | 8 comments | 1320 Views


No person is above the law, including police officers.

No man is above the law. We’ve heard that phrase repeatedly in recent weeks applied to Pres. Donald Trump as the Congressional House hearings on his impeachment...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 25, 2019
Last comment by Slap Em Down n Person, on Feb 10, 2020 at 2:19 pm | 26 comments | 3874 Views


Plastic vegie bag ban: Pragmatic? -- or simply politically correct?

Last June, the Palo Alto City Council, in a 6-0 vote, went along with a suggestion from the Girl Scouts to ban all plastic straws, which they did. A week later with...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 12, 2020
Last comment by SJ, on Jan 25, 2020 at 2:20 am | 36 comments | 2693 Views


Can we make 2020 a less alarming and more calming year?

“Happy New Year!” people shouted at midnight at the dawning of 2020. Only this year, it felt like hollow wishes, as if they were made with our fingers crossed....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 7, 2020
Last comment by Beef, on Jan 8, 2020 at 8:15 pm | 2 comments | 1007 Views


TO: Palo Alto officials: SUBJECT: Hurry up and get things done!

A friend of mine once explained to me how this city’s famous (and now infamous) “Palo Alto Process” came about. “We have a lot of bright people living in...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 30, 2019
Last comment by Anneke, on Jan 5, 2020 at 5:54 am | 22 comments | 2785 Views


Loss of transparency? Council decides HR can investigate some internal police problems – not an independent auditor

Open governments and transparency in city affairs are big things for me – they’re part of what democracy should be all about. If city decisions are not available...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 17, 2019
Last comment by Trish Bubenik , on Jan 1, 2020 at 8:16 pm | 5 comments | 1356 Views


Sure, the traffic mess in town is a complicated problem, but I want a solution

Wow! Palo Alto’s new Office of Transportation will have 15.5 employees to solve all our traffic problems in our city – that’s a lot of people to...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 10, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Dec 19, 2019 at 4:37 pm | 58 comments | 2701 Views


Do city officials ever consider giving taxpayers a break?

Advice to new government officials: Spend! And then, get more money from taxpayers! Get it again! And again Keep on asking! Fellow taxpayers, I think we are...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 2, 2019
Last comment by Anonymous, on Dec 7, 2019 at 11:56 am | 18 comments | 2415 Views


A Voter Warning from a Wise Friend

“Do not be a single-issue voter,” a wise friend once told me. “Elections are too important to waste your vote just because you may agree with a candidate on...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 18, 2019
Last comment by Citizen Realist, on Nov 25, 2019 at 9:21 am | 25 comments | 2080 Views


Why don’t city officials love my car?

I love my little hybrid gas-sipping silver car, but it’s unrequited love. City officials don’t adore my car the same way I do. They’d prefer to see me walk...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 29, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Nov 13, 2019 at 11:18 am | 68 comments | 3426 Views


Free speech – Zuckerberg’s version and mine

Palo Alto resident Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, decided to speak out for free speech last Thursday at a talk at Georgetown University. Unfortunately,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 19, 2019
Last comment by V Kleinow, on Oct 22, 2019 at 9:11 pm | 30 comments | 2184 Views


Some answers, please, PG&E

I want to know a lot more about why and who made the PG&E decision to cut off electricity to prevent wildfires to more than 886,000 customers in California – and,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 10, 2019
Last comment by pg&e must pay up, on Oct 16, 2019 at 9:21 am | 12 comments | 2378 Views


Caltrain grade crossings: an uncoordinated problem with too little communication

It’s that proverbial cart-before-the-horse problem again, and this time it could be an expensive undertaking because the whole effort to redo grade crossings...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 3, 2019
Last comment by TBM, on Oct 11, 2019 at 11:49 am | 18 comments | 2079 Views


Does Palo Alto City Hall have a new cover-up culture?

What is happening to Palo Alto’s officials, most notably City Manager Ed Shikada, who ordered all city employees not to talk to the press about a June 3 911...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 25, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Oct 4, 2019 at 8:43 am | 21 comments | 2967 Views


Can cities handle our traffic mess? I doubt it!

Can Palo Alto and other Peninsula cities ever find a way to diminish the terrible traffic congestion problems we all are experiencing, particularly during commute...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 9, 2019
Last comment by Arastradero Rd Mess, on Sep 26, 2019 at 8:16 am | 18 comments | 2968 Views


Troubling safety issues in our fair city

Palo Alto has to deal with certain safety issues. Specifically: 1) ==B Where do we go for shelter if there’s a big emergency on our streets – or in the entire...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 10, 2019
Last comment by Dollar bill, on Sep 19, 2019 at 11:58 am | 18 comments | 2825 Views
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Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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