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Would you favor a business head tax?

“How do you feel about a head tax?” a friend asked me the other day. She was referring to a relatively new tax idea that some communities are embracing: The...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 5, 2018
Last comment by Anne, on Jul 19, 2018 at 2:53 pm | 25 comments | 11171 Views

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A Voter Warning from a Wise Friend

“Do not be a single-issue voter,” a wise friend once told me. “Elections are too important to waste your vote just because you may agree with a candidate on...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 18, 2019
Last comment by Citizen Realist, on Nov 25, 2019 at 9:21 am | 25 comments | 8045 Views

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Let's award our public employees for working -- ??

More, we need more. Our public employee morale is down. Two more assistant city managers are what City Manager Ed Shikada asked the Palo Alto City Council to...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 3, 2021
Last comment by Rusty Taylor, on Nov 11, 2021 at 11:53 am | 25 comments | 7438 Views

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Let’s blame car drivers, not the pedestrians wearing black clothes!!??

A recent car column by Gary Richards in the Mercury News offered a reader suggestion that pedestrians and bicyclists should avoid wearing black clothes at night,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 22, 2019
Last comment by DIana Diamond, on Mar 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm | 25 comments | 13632 Views

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Why you may not read this column

Only 10 percent (+ or –2%) of American adults get their daily news from either a newspaper or a TV news show. That means the rest of us don’t. And many...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 10, 2021
Last comment by Juliana, on May 18, 2021 at 1:55 pm | 25 comments | 8207 Views

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Money 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 | 4251 Views

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The 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 | 5192 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 | 11942 Views

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Tell Me: Are Parents Today Overreacting to Child Safety Concerns?

I was touched by a column I recently read in The New York Times, “Motherhood in the Age of Fear,” by Kim Brooks, a mother who left her 4-year-old son...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 9, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on Aug 23, 2018 at 7:32 am | 23 comments | 12184 Views

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My Palo Alto pet peeves – yours too?

In my high school yearbook, we were each asked to list our “pet peeves” and the “peak positive points” about our senior year. It was a fun experience that...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 2, 2019
Last comment by Peter poper, on Feb 9, 2019 at 7:58 am | 23 comments | 10956 Views

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No on Palo Alto Measure F, and leave our clocks alone!

If you haven’t seen enough “No on F” signs in town, or read all the editorials against Measure F (e.g., The Palo Alto Weekly’s “No,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 11, 2018
Last comment by Jessica H., on Nov 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm | 23 comments | 11792 Views

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Be careful what you call me.

Please don’t call me a “lady.” Or collectively address my friends and myself as “ladies.” Oftentimes, I get emails that start off with “Dear Ladies.”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 25, 2019
Last comment by Female, on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:35 am | 23 comments | 16844 Views

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We have no privacy left

I realized a couple of years ago that I am being “watched.” I didn’t think much of it at the time, because I saw those cameras in CVS and Safeway and at traffic...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 5, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on May 11, 2019 at 12:52 pm | 22 comments | 8443 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 | 22065 Views

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Jumping on a bandwagon that ends up breaking down

This is the environmental way to go. This is the solution to managing our traffic problems. This is the appropriate way to use -- and save -- energy in our community....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 21, 2021
Last comment by Amyra Patel, on Oct 27, 2021 at 12:35 pm | 22 comments | 9586 Views

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Terribly mixed messages about COVID-19 -- who to believe and how careful should we be?

I am very confused because of the mixed messages I've been getting about the coronavirus. On Tuesday, the NYT reported that studies show that we all should continue...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 10, 2020
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 17, 2020 at 8:58 pm | 22 comments | 14289 Views

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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 | 8647 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 | 11128 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 | 5674 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 | 10385 Views
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