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By Paul Bendix

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About this blog: A 32-year resident of Menlo Park, I regularly make my way around downtown in a wheelchair. This gives me an unusual perspective on a town in which I have spent almost half of my life. I was educated at UC Berkeley, and permanentl...  (More)

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Cat House
Dec 2, 2013 3:44 pm
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Monday morning, my wife's day off, and I get my wobbly legs out of bed, swivel toward my wheelchair...but not quite. It's an early hour, late in life...and I know... More
'Fading Gigolo' Shines at the Guild
May 9, 2014 7:25 pm
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'Fading Gigolo,' now at the Guild, pleasantly defies expectations. This charming little film directed by John Turturro misleads with its title, and even its costar,... More
A Modest Proposal...For Prisons
Jan 2, 2014 7:36 pm
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Having argued about how to spend public money...let's argue about how not to spend it. On prisons.

Yes, we certainly need them. No, we do not need to incarcerate... More
Life, Death and Rails
Apr 20, 2014 12:50 pm
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I try to avoid high-risk behavior...yet my last-minute dashes for Caltrain's 8:39 morning express border on suicidal. It's easy to forget that trains defy rules... More
A Tale of Two Suburbs
Sep 11, 2014 1:29 pm
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If a deteriorating downtown, tacky buildings and suburban blight only 15 minutes from San Francisco sounds like something of a feat – look at San Bruno. Many... More
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