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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWBuying police scanners should not be an easy decision -- privacy rights are an issue
The Palo Alto Police Department wants the city to spend thousands of dollars each year, for an indefinite period, to purchase an unspecified number (10, 20, or?)...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 26, 2022
Last comment by Mick Goren, on Nov 1, 2022 at 11:15 am | 76 comments | 7459 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWLet’s play a simple(?) game “Morality v. Reality
Setting: your living room: Question: How flexible are you in your political thinking? I’d like you to play a game today – first, alone, then...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 13, 2022
Last comment by John Donegan, on Oct 21, 2022 at 8:34 am | 33 comments | 7403 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWHappy holidays to you -- and you, and you . . .
It’s become a smorgasbord of ideas about how many more official holidays our little city of 62,000 should celebrate in Palo Alto, and an item council members...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 9, 2022
Last comment by Kiara Kapoor, on Oct 17, 2022 at 1:58 pm | 10 comments | 6316 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWMy recommendations for Palo Alto City Council
I had hoped that this upcoming city council election in Palo Alto would bring out an array of candidates who were, dedicated, knowledgeable individuals with local...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 5, 2022
Last comment by A Person, on Oct 13, 2022 at 8:57 am | 21 comments | 7950 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWIs Palo Alto Utilities ready for our increasing demand for more electricity?
The city wants Palo Altans to have all-electric homes. Can the Utilities Dept. even handle an increased demand? That’s the question I’ve been asking several...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 26, 2022
Last comment by Mark Lawrence, on Oct 6, 2022 at 2:14 pm | 14 comments | 7768 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWThe capabilities I seek in our city council candidates
One of the most important civic acts Palo Alto residents have to do is choose who they want to serve on the city council. This week the Palo Alto Weekly had a...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 15, 2022
Last comment by Ashley Davis, on Sep 25, 2022 at 1:08 pm | 19 comments | 6822 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWPalo Alto: an “all-electric city”? Such a quandary for me
Palo Alto City Council is pushing hard to have this city become “all-electric.” It is an attempt to slow down global climate change. It sounds great,...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 19, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Sep 12, 2022 at 1:26 pm | 124 comments | 12044 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWPerk up Palo Alto --- this city can be a lot more attractive!
Let’s face it. Palo Alto needs to be prettied up, as in add to the ambience. For some reason, over the years, our city fathers have paid little attention to...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 3, 2022
Last comment by Jersey+Girl, on Sep 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm | 17 comments | 9963 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWWe need an audit of city spending
The fact that the Palo Alto City Council has decided not only to put a business tax on the November ballot, but also a tax that would allow the city to keep on transferring...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 12, 2022
Last comment by Dolores Campo, on Aug 19, 2022 at 9:56 am | 11 comments | 7072 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWLucky Palo Alto voters – maybe two tax increases to approve in November
There’s a duplicitous November ballot measure the Palo Alto City Council is considering -- asking voters to approve a natural gas usage rate tax charged by the...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 2, 2022
Last comment by Local Resident, on Aug 8, 2022 at 10:43 am | 20 comments | 8441 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWThe Delay, Delay, Delay Attitude in Palo Alto
If any of you have taken a national survey, you know the first question is something along the line of, “Do you think the country is on the right track?” Answer...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 17, 2022
Last comment by Grew Up Here, on Jul 24, 2022 at 7:03 pm | 24 comments | 10424 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWComcast, what are you doing to us?
The problems started a week ago – it was a Tuesday. I was sitting in front of my computer when I suddenly could not connect to any internet site. And across the...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 23, 2022
Last comment by PhilB, on Jul 20, 2022 at 11:40 am | 17 comments | 13528 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWIs this the kind of America we want to live in?
For more than a decade, I worked in downtown Highland Park, IL daily, in an office on Sheridan Road, just around the corner from where the gun massacre happened...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 5, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Jul 18, 2022 at 4:23 pm | 101 comments | 9119 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWPalo Alto’s business tax: A forever tax that we will be paying for
==I “So, what if Palo Alto imposes a business tax on all retail businesses in this city? That’s fine with me if they pay money to run Palo Alto –...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 7, 2022
Last comment by vanessa, on Jul 14, 2022 at 11:04 pm | 59 comments | 10578 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWWe must change our gun culture in America
We live in a country in love with guns – significantly more than any other country in the world. Many Americans idolize them. This gun reverence has worsened the...Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 31, 2022
Last comment by vanessa, on Jul 14, 2022 at 11:02 pm | 81 comments | 13971 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWMoney grabbing -- A Palo Alto tax to reject in November
While the Palo Alto City Council is having some hesitation, because of a weak economy, as to whether it should place on the November ballot a measure calling for...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 14, 2022
Last comment by HHTurner, on Jul 13, 2022 at 2:41 am | 24 comments | 9579 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWThe questionable morality of abortion
==I Note: The recent Supreme Court ruling banning abortion has been a major concern in this country the past several days. While abortion is not a specific local...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 27, 2022
Last comment by staying home, on Jun 29, 2022 at 12:48 pm | 7 comments | 9056 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWDo Palo Alto city officials ever, ever have enough money?
Palo Alto has nearly a $1 billion (that’s a “B”) budget scheduled for this coming 2022-2023 fiscal year. That in itself is amazing for a town with a 62,000-plus...Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 23, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Jun 2, 2022 at 8:52 am | 65 comments | 10240 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWDo we really need all that new housing?
Suppose that all those pious but earnest urgings by local and state officials over the past few years proclaiming that we need much more housing in this state, particularly...Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 3, 2022
Last comment by Kelly Sonderson, on May 13, 2022 at 5:27 pm | 97 comments | 14778 Views
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWStop gouging us, oil companies!
Since the 1970s, I have been suspicious of the constant escalating gas pump prices, especially the leaps we are now seeing because of the oil companies’ fears...Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 17, 2022
Last comment by Chuck Neubauer, on May 13, 2022 at 12:47 pm | 31 comments | 10579 Views
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