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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

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

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Is PAMF running amok?

I don't want to write this, but problems at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation are still increasing. For years I have been a very happy patient at their Palo Alto...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 25, 2021
Last comment by P2L1, on Oct 12, 2021 at 6:53 pm | 47 comments | 20830 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Joe Simitian talk: Listening to Trump's America: Bridging the Divide

In the wake of the Trump election, Joe Simitian--a Palo Alto native and currently County Supervisor--visited three counties that had swung to voting for Trump after...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 15, 2017
Last comment by the_punnisher, on Nov 2, 2017 at 8:02 pm | 46 comments | 11443 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

More Cars do not mean More Pollution

On Monday April 18 the council will review the city’s sustainability and climate action plan (S/CAP). I support many of the proposals and am proud to be a...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 17, 2016
Last comment by An Engineer, on Apr 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm | 46 comments | 15881 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Do we really have a housing crisis?

The repeated refrain these past several years: We have a housing crisis in town -- we have to build more housing units so more people can live in our fair cities. Most...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 23, 2021
Last comment by Gale+Johnson, on Sep 30, 2021 at 8:16 pm | 46 comments | 11261 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

'Google memo': a lesson on not trusting news media

In the 2016 Presidential primaries and the general election, much of the "Mainstream Media" (MSM) (foot#1) was blatantly partisan in its coverage...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 9, 2017
Last comment by Sea Seelam Reddy, on Aug 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm | 45 comments | 7770 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Why we are Warming

We ended the last blog post with about half the Sun’s energy hitting...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 23, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 2, 2019 at 10:05 pm | 45 comments | 14713 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Where is it unsafe to bike around town?

The weather is amazing these days and lots of us are getting out on bikes and e-bikes. Bike shops have been very busy, even running low on inventory as we all start...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 18, 2021
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on May 1, 2021 at 9:05 am | 45 comments | 8026 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

An Open Letter to the New City Council

The Silicon Valley economy is growing again—from San Francisco to San Jose. In some months this year Santa Clara and San Francisco counties have been job growth...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 8, 2012
Last comment by Steve Raney, on Nov 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm | 45 comments | 33917 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

An Open Letter to the New City Council

The Silicon Valley economy is growing again—from San Francisco to San Jose. In some months this year Santa Clara and San Francisco counties have been job growth...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 8, 2012
Last comment by Steve Raney, on Nov 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm | 45 comments | 6773 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Gluten Free is a Joke

Ok, it's not a joke if you have celiac, an autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine, its ability to absorb nutrients effectively, and approximately...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Mar. 12, 2015
Last comment by DCOmaha, on Apr 12, 2015 at 9:05 pm | 45 comments | 30211 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Avoiding Those Partisan ‘Others’

As we celebrate this year’s Fourth of July, I keep on thinking about Americans today and about the terrible partisan divide we have in this country, a divide...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 28, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on Jul 1, 2018 at 8:39 am | 45 comments | 8910 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

The uncomfortable downward slope toward more conservative Christian churches

Our Christian churches in the U.S. suddenly seem be not only tilting to the right, but rather sliding down a hill to join with the conservative Republican right...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 22, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Jul 8, 2021 at 9:08 am | 45 comments | 12885 Views

OFF DEADLINE

Is it ?racial profiling? or a reasonable police response to crimes?

Is telling police to check out persons of color unconstitutional bias or a reasonable police response to witness' reports of crimes? A follow-up meeting Thursday...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Oct. 31, 2008
Last comment by Not an issue, on Mar 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm | 44 comments | 15655 Views

OFF DEADLINE

Is it ?racial profiling? or a reasonable police response to crimes?

Is telling police to check out persons of color unconstitutional bias or a reasonable police response to witness' reports of crimes? A follow-up meeting Thursday...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Oct. 31, 2008
Last comment by Not an issue, on Mar 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm | 44 comments | 9271 Views

TWO DECADES OF KIDS AND COUNTING

PAUSD calendar- a shorter summer?

For teachers, students, and their families, the school calendar defines our schedule. It determines when we work, when we play, when we study, and when we spend...

Original post made by Sally Torbey on Oct. 27, 2013
Last comment by observations, on Nov 3, 2013 at 5:26 pm | 44 comments | 7120 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Allowing Unauthorized Immigrants to Learn and Earn Legally Will Help the Economy

There are approximately 2.5 million unauthorized immigrant residents in California of which approximately 1.5 million are working and another 300,000 or so are children. If...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 11, 2014
Last comment by Steve, on Apr 21, 2014 at 11:05 am | 44 comments | 30612 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Why Don’t More Companies Move or Expand Outside the Bay Area

Some companies have moved or expanded elsewhere. And some residents have moved away to escape the high housing costs. But this has not stopped the region and peninsula...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 11, 2016
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jul 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm | 44 comments | 39383 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Calafia closes in Palo Alto: 'The costs were greater than the take'

Google's first-ever chef, Charlie Ayers, closed Calafia Cafe this week after nine years of serving farm-to-table California cuisine at Town & Country Village...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Aug. 26, 2018
Last comment by easong, on Oct 17, 2018 at 9:32 pm | 44 comments | 43159 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

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 Ellena, on Mar 11, 2020 at 3:46 am | 44 comments | 10415 Views
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