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Palo 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 | 11745 Views

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My Home Was Built by a Developer

Town Square is full of angry comments about developers who have built office buildings recently in Palo Alto and council action with regard to these developments. I...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 12, 2014
Last comment by Garrett83, on Feb 20, 2014 at 10:02 am | 58 comments | 28903 Views

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Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and Some Data

In their recent letter on the Palo Alto Housing Element, HCD asked for further information on how the city was addressing the requirement to affirmatively...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 19, 2023
Last comment by Allen Akin, on Aug 28, 2023 at 10:36 am | 58 comments | 5228 Views

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Sure, the traffic mess in town is a complicated problem, but I want a solution

Wow! Palo Alto’s new Office of Transportation will have 15.5 employees to solve all our traffic problems in our city – that’s a lot of people to...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 10, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Dec 19, 2019 at 4:37 pm | 58 comments | 14927 Views

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Constantly coping with the virus: We need a total lockdown now

We can't go on like this. Weeks go by, and then months, and instead of getting better, more and more of us have gotten the coronavirus -- or have died. The nationwide...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 11, 2020
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Aug 18, 2020 at 4:53 pm | 58 comments | 18695 Views

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Is telling the truth simply an old-fashioned idea?

As the story has been told over the years, our first president, George Washington, said, as a youngster to his lather as both looked at a cherry tree, “I cannot...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 19, 2023
Last comment by Raoul Montez, on Jan 30, 2023 at 12:30 pm | 58 comments | 7294 Views

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When will this end?

Who would have ever thought that a tiny little virus, a microorganism, would have the wherewithal to cause our entire world to come to a standstill? Hundreds of...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 12, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on May 25, 2020 at 11:25 am | 56 comments | 22019 Views

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The dual dilemma for students and adults – will working from home really work?

The big conundrum facing us this summer and well into the autumn months is: a) should our kids go to school and risk exposure to the corona virus or can they be...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 7, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Jul 23, 2020 at 9:10 am | 56 comments | 18123 Views

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Why I changed my mind about abortion

One year ago today, June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision and left it up the states to individually decide on abortion. In its Dobbs...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 24, 2023
Last comment by Rhoshan Modi, on Jul 4, 2023 at 9:11 am | 56 comments | 6706 Views

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Would You Support a Housing Bond in Palo Alto

On Tuesday the residents of Emeryville passed a $50 million dollar housing bond meaning that more than 2/3 of voters supported the bond. The details I could find...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 8, 2018
Last comment by Sanctimonious City, on Aug 22, 2018 at 6:14 pm | 55 comments | 14043 Views

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Afghanistan: Why did this all happen?

==I NOTE: American attention the past few days has focused on the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. Many of our friends and neighbors are talking about what happened....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 17, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Aug 26, 2021 at 9:06 am | 55 comments | 13745 Views

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'Working from home’ — a new work world creates societal problems.

I am envious – maybe a bit jealous – of all the high-tech employees today who can decide when and where they work, how much vacation time they want,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 21, 2022
Last comment by Jennifer, on Nov 29, 2022 at 12:45 pm | 55 comments | 10488 Views

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Population Growth

The state Department of Finance released population estimates for 2013 on December 12, 2013. Here are some of the key results relating to Bay Area growth. Since...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 15, 2013
Last comment by Steve Levy, on Jan 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm | 54 comments | 33695 Views

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Persky's recall: a loss for our nation's judicial system

Emotionalism won; judicial understanding lost. By a 60-40 margin, Judge Aaron Persky was recalled from office Tuesday. That is an unfortunate loss for our judicial...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 6, 2018
Last comment by Revenge, on Jun 8, 2018 at 8:34 am | 54 comments | 17570 Views

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How Much More Growth Should Palo Alto Allow?

To grow more, or a lot more: That is the question that Palo Alto voters will face in November, when a ballot measure will ask us whether we should cap this city’s...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 25, 2018
Last comment by @GM, on Aug 2, 2018 at 11:04 am | 54 comments | 15834 Views

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Absurdly long waits for doctors' appointments are an escalating health care problem

I don’t know whether I should laugh out loud as I think about the iabsurdly long waits we now encounter in getting a doctor’s appointment -- or bury my head...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 19, 2022
Last comment by Jesus, on May 6, 2022 at 2:21 pm | 54 comments | 26164 Views

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Are our elections unfair? Should we fix them? What will work?

All it took was one sentence on p. 3 of Saturday's, Nov. 7, NYT to finally convince me that my long-held stance on eliminating the Electoral College in the U.S....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 10, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Nov 18, 2020 at 8:38 am | 53 comments | 20246 Views

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Palo Alto v. Stanford: City demands are over the top

An undercurrent of antagonism between the city of Palo Alto and Stanford University has been in play for decades. It is seldomly discussed aloud, but it is there....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 11, 2022
Last comment by Crescent Park Rez, on Dec 27, 2022 at 4:34 pm | 53 comments | 11857 Views

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What ever happened to honesty in our country?

Whatever happened to honesty in America. Is lying – or relying on so-called “alternative facts” becoming more acceptable? Why? The honesty issue...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by waasymoto, on May 10, 2020 at 10:49 am | 52 comments | 23751 Views

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I Will Vote No on Propostion 23

I will vote no on Proposition 23. AB 32, which this proposition seeks to suspend, will help the California economy, as well as our health, air quality and national...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 25, 2010
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | 51 comments | 72842 Views
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