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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

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 | 5860 Views

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Police misconduct? My 10 questions for the PA police to answer

The video of the Palo Alto police officer slamming the head of a resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park into a car’s windshield and then arresting him is very...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 28, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Aug 3, 2019 at 4:49 pm | 22 comments | 7621 Views

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Climate change: A critical challenge for Palo Alto? Or, an impossible goal?

The Palo Alto City Council has taken on what environmentalists see as an important big step in trying to cut this city’s carbon dioxide emissions 80 percent...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 28, 2021
Last comment by Me 2, on May 3, 2021 at 11:28 pm | 22 comments | 1818 Views

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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 Curmudgeon, on Feb 25, 2020 at 5:45 pm | 21 comments | 7302 Views

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Palo Alto’s biggest problem?

When retiring City Manager Jim Keene gave to a talk to the Rotary Club of Palo Alto recently, he ended it by saying he thought Palo Alto’s biggest upcoming...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 30, 2018
Last comment by Carlos Marcos, on Dec 9, 2018 at 12:36 am | 21 comments | 6690 Views

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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 | 6532 Views

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Good – and not-so-good things -- that are happening in Palo Alto

Traffic problems again (not good) -- Residents are certainly not shy in letting the city know about their traffic problems. When Mayor Liz Kniss looked into...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 25, 2018
Last comment by dtnorth, on Oct 31, 2018 at 10:47 am | 21 comments | 8466 Views

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Stanford’s Cantor Museum banner raises questions, some unintended

The banner was stretched across the large entrance to the Cantor Museum at Stanford University. It spread across half the room, although the right side was not completely...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 30, 2019
Last comment by Al Ward, on Sep 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm | 21 comments | 7424 Views

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Are our cities prepared for a pandemic coronavirus problem?

I went to two parties this past weekend, and the main conversational topic at each was the coronavirus (COVID-19). People were concerned but not worried, but all...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 1, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Mar 8, 2020 at 11:15 pm | 20 comments | 9745 Views

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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 | 5331 Views

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Palo Alto's problems -- crows, rats and airplanes

Crows! Roof rats! Noisy airplanes! I’ve been asking Palo Alto residents what bothers them in their daily lives this summer and their responses were surprising...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 17, 2018
Last comment by Lahaina , on Sep 8, 2018 at 6:11 pm | 19 comments | 7955 Views

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Let’s reconsider our “jobs-housing imbalance” problem

The headline in The Mercury News on Thursday was indeed alarming: “Palo Alto at nearly 3 times the size?” If Senate Bill 50 were to become law, which is a distinct...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 7, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Mar 12, 2019 at 5:56 pm | 19 comments | 6409 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 | 7462 Views

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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 | 5750 Views

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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 | 5394 Views

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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 | 5333 Views

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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 | 5817 Views

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Ballot propositions have problems

I voted yesterday. And after I gave my ballot to my mailman (he assured me the ballots were flowing smoothly through the post office), I thought about my votes and...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 20, 2020
Last comment by NeilsonBuchanan, on Oct 28, 2020 at 9:56 am | 18 comments | 6093 Views

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Gun control: What can we do locally?

As a Palo Alto resident who is upset about all the mass shootings our country keeps on witnessing, I want to do something about gun control. But what? Locally,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 22, 2018
Last comment by the_punnisher, on May 28, 2018 at 5:56 pm | 18 comments | 11942 Views

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Seven, not five, council members need to decide this major issue

We need a seven, not a five-member Palo Alto City Council to decide on what the city should soon do about grade separations at the four traffic crossings over Caltrain...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 30, 2019
Last comment by Mja1, on May 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm | 17 comments | 4783 Views
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