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About this blog: I was editor of the Palo Alto Weekly from June 2000 to January 2011, capping a more than 50-year career in journalism and writing since Los Gatos High School, where I was editor of the student newspaper and president of the speech...  (More)

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On Deadline blog: Is Palo Alto big enough for an elected mayor? Yes and no, maybe
Dec 26, 2011 10:58 am
Comments: 15 | Views: 2,930

Former Mayor (twice over) Gary Fazzino has renewed a proposal he first surfaced about two decades ago: that Palo Alto is a big and complex enough town to directly... More
On Deadline: Summer camp can be unforgettable, even if you want to
Jul 26, 2011 12:17 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 2,844

The Weekly's cover story on summer camps last Friday (July 22) evoked some powerful camp memories of my own, dating back to the mid-1950s -- a measure of the power... More
Will -- or should -- adult schools remain 'the quiet corner' of local education?
May 22, 2013 9:50 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 2,447

In about eight years, the Palo Alto Adult School will be observing its 100th anniversary -- a century of promoting the notion that learning can be for a lifetime.... More
On Deadline blog: Are there parallels between today's Palo Alto growth fights and the city's 1960s war?
Jul 22, 2013 2:04 pm
Comments: 37 | Views: 1,547

A longtime friend and observer of Palo Alto issues and politics asked me an interesting question recently: Is there a parallel between today's neighborhood-level... More
On Deadline blog: Planning Director: searching for someone who walks on ? hot coals?
Jun 26, 2013 3:30 pm
Comments: 5 | Views: 1,285

The imminent departure (June 30) of Planning Director Curtis Williams leaves Palo Alto city officials searching for a replacement for the lightning-rod position.... More
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