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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, 9 hours ago | 8 comments | 1115 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 | 3506 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 | 9268 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 CrescentParkAnon., on Jul 28, 2020 at 9:37 am | 48 comments | 6254 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 | 4999 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 | 5871 Views

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Public statues: Up or down? But does the historical importance of the individuals represented matter?

The removal of public statues throughout our country, by supporters of Black Lives Matter and many others, is a growing concern, because what started as a very valid...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 30, 2020
Last comment by PC parent, on Jul 7, 2020 at 3:17 pm | 42 comments | 6413 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 | 4523 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 | 5336 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 | 4813 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 Acupuncturist, on Jun 15, 2020 at 4:31 am | 52 comments | 6218 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 | 6555 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 | 4922 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 | 8602 Views

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Everything’s relative in life, and yesterday will not be tomorrow

We all react to the coronavirus in different ways. Some people are locked behind their doors; others question the shutdown; some say they will never catch it so...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 19, 2020
Last comment by home of the bloggers, on May 22, 2020 at 4:44 pm | 15 comments | 4247 Views

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What ever happened to honesty in our country?

Whatever happened to honesty in America. Is lying – or relying on so-called “alternative facts” becoming more acceptable? Why? The honesty issue...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by waasymoto, on May 10, 2020 at 10:49 am | 53 comments | 7781 Views

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Are we losing our common sense?

In our collective concern about coronavirus, some decisions are being made that defy common sense. Our roads are emptier the past couple of weeks, since everyone...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 20, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Apr 29, 2020 at 7:05 pm | 60 comments | 10653 Views

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Is Palo Alto too generous in paying its staff?

Palo Alto spends $6 million a month on employee salaries plus health benefits. Just a little over a week ago, the Palo City Council decided, somewhat abruptly, to...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 14, 2020
Last comment by Anon, on Apr 21, 2020 at 1:02 pm | 33 comments | 7604 Views

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Coronavirus: my early April thoughts – and fears

I wake up in the morning. Is it Friday? Or maybe it’s Tuesday or Wednesday. What day was yesterday? Is yesterday just going to be like today, and what about...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 5, 2020
Last comment by Wartime Leaders vs bone spur 'leaders', on Apr 13, 2020 at 9:33 am | 16 comments | 5397 Views

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Coronavirus: Plan ahead now for a big outbreak

So here we are. Cuddled up in our homes, trying to stay isolated from each other, and being told by Governor Gavin Newsom that we may have some 25 million cases...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 23, 2020
Last comment by henryStrock77, on Apr 5, 2020 at 3:56 am | 23 comments | 6840 Views
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