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This week on Town Square

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On mosquito spraying

Posted Aug. 15 by Mosquito Food, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood:


Posted Aug. 15 by Spray-Spray-Spray, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood:

It's about time that someone is doing something. If we had an honest City Council, they would have been demanding action much earlier. But this group is still secretly boosting HSR, and have no idea what is going on locally.

Wonder if anyone in the media will take the initiative to track down the chain of events that started with the break in the seawall, up to this aerial spraying. It would be really interesting to find out how long each of the intermediate events took before someone in the "chain of authority" actually took some action.

Calls into question how this bunch would provide public health services in a real crisis.

Posted Aug. 16 by Red Itchy Bumps, a resident of the Palo Verde neighborhood:


Thank you. This infestation is the worst we've seen in 25 years. We are mauled the moment we step outside of our home. The kids complain continually of pain that these little blood sucking helicopters inflict.

On a side note....Why is there no information on repairing the Tide/Flood prevention walls? I can deal with a few hundred mosquito bites...but 24" of water in the living room would be ruinous.

How about some detailed reporting on why the failed wall was not detected prior to it giving way and what is being done to quickly repair it prior to the rainy season.

Posted by Ray, a resident of the Professorville neighborhood, 3 hours ago

Precisely my thought. Attack the root cause instead of telling us the result. Mr. Khrushchev, build up that wall!

On Safe Ride's demise

Posted Aug. 17 at 4:57 p.m. by A Parent, a member of the JLS Middle School community:

As a parent I still tell my Of-Drinking-Age-Son to call me if he, or friends, are too intoxicated to drink. Anytime. Anywhere.

This is an amazing program that provides a service to our young people...I would like to find out what is needed.

Posted Aug. 17 at 6:41 p.m. by Marta, a resident of the Greenmeadow neighborhood:

This is a shame. I will gladly drive a teen home if they've been drinking. I'd like to know what is needed too.

My kids who are well out of their teens know they can call me anytime for a ride.

It was a wonderful program and should not be taken away. Who knows how many lives it has saved...

Posted Aug. 20 at 10:46 a.m. by Cornelia, a resident of Stanford:

My son was a volunteer in the program, when he was at Paly. I am convinced that the experience was also an exceptional lesson for him about the effect of excessive drinking. He has been always very conscientious, even in his college years. Too bad that the program has been terminated.

Posted Aug. 20 at 12:40 p.m. by KP, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood:

@Call A Taxi

It's not up to the red cross to teach or reprimand our kids (or seed core values) - that is our job, as parents. All they did was make sure our kids got home safe.

Personally, (like A Parent above) I also have always told mine to call me anytime and anywhere. We can discuss the reason for the call later.

It's too bad they can't keep it going.