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How well is City Manager Ed Shikada performing his job?

Is Ed Shikada doing a good job as city manager of Palo Alto? In a closed session Monday night, March 20, council members gathered behind closed doors to assess the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 20, 2023
Last comment by Kait Marcus, on Mar 26, 2023 at 2:19 pm | 18 comments | 3077 Views

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Ban the noise in Palo Alto?

Last week, an array of residents deplored the noise emitted from gas leaf blowers, claiming they are destroying “the quality of life” in our fair city. One...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 11, 2023
Last comment by Raja Lodhi, on Mar 24, 2023 at 10:56 pm | 34 comments | 4740 Views

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America‘s crises are escalating. What can we do?

Passivity prevails. During the past several years, two new crises – increased violence and an acceptance of political (and personal) lying in our country are...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 20, 2023
Last comment by Raja Lodhi, on Mar 24, 2023 at 10:54 pm | 33 comments | 4266 Views

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All you don’t want to know about our escalating utilities rates

Our utilities bills here in Palo Alto and elsewhere are soaring – with no relief in sight. Can we – or ‘they” (those responsible for the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 7, 2023
Last comment by Lenora Peters, on Mar 17, 2023 at 11:41 am | 42 comments | 4447 Views

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Reminiscences of the presidents I met in real time

As 98-year-old former President Jimmy Carter lies on his bed, hospice by his side, I thought back and recalled the first and only time I met him years ago. And that...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 27, 2023
Last comment by Bert Jacobs, on Mar 3, 2023 at 8:10 am | 10 comments | 2853 Views

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Go away, language police!

The Information Technology (IT) Department at Stanford caused quite a tizzy when it published a guide on harmful language that should not be used at the university....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 31, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Feb 26, 2023 at 12:51 pm | 48 comments | 7336 Views

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Can the Memphis police behavior ever happen here?

What happened in Memphis where seven officers worked almost as a team to beat and kick 29-year-old Tyre NICHOLS is not a singular event in one city. Police beatings...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 1, 2023
Last comment by Pauline Rogers, on Feb 11, 2023 at 1:15 pm | 46 comments | 4354 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 | 5808 Views

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Let’s find a better way to elect a Palo Alto mayor

Palo Alto City Council members are all set to select a new mayor on Monday night – a routine procedure each January. And finally! they are beginning to discuss...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 7, 2023
Last comment by Rufus Young, on Jan 16, 2023 at 11:03 am | 28 comments | 6301 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 | 9925 Views

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The clothes we wear: Cool, chic, casual -- or just plain sloppy?

I love clothes! It was important to me since I turned 13. My mother told me at the time (and evermore) that when people meet you, they first judge you by not only...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 29, 2022
Last comment by Clarissa Ward, on Dec 8, 2022 at 10:17 am | 40 comments | 6715 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 | 8254 Views

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Down with the dinosaurs!

About 15 years ago, my oldest son, Bruce, took his three sons, 3, 5 and 6, to visit the American Museum of Natural History in NYC to see its fantastic dinosaur display. All...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 13, 2022
Last comment by Bryce Young, on Nov 20, 2022 at 4:07 pm | 30 comments | 7494 Views

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Daylight concerns

Did you fall back on Sunday morning? Gently? Or are you one of the70 percent of Americans, according to polls, who no longer want to switch from daylight savings...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 6, 2022
Last comment by Fred Turner, on Nov 13, 2022 at 12:39 pm | 22 comments | 5912 Views

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Our politics – and our elections – are running amok

What is happening to the people in our country? Why are the partisan fights and arguments escalating? Why is the far right so fiercely fighting their self-defined...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 1, 2022
Last comment by Division's in the Mirror, on Nov 8, 2022 at 6:52 pm | 33 comments | 6699 Views

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Buying 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 | 7020 Views

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Let’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 | 6969 Views

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Happy 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 | 5922 Views

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My 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 | 7484 Views

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Is 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 | 7118 Views
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