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By Jay Thorwaldson

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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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No matter how bad 'ambulance billing' is, things could be worse ...
Feb 2, 2009 6:51 pm
Comments: 14 | Views: 8,578

The billing operations of the Palo Alto Fire Department's life-saving paramedics program need emergency care.

That's what city officials and the public learned... More
When a light goes out in a community …
Dec 9, 2008 12:05 pm
Comments: 7 | Views: 8,567

The death of Phyllis Seidman in early December has prompted scores of comments in the Town Square online forum, uniformly expressing deep sadness whether or not... More
If high-speed trains are tunneled, what would we do with all that dirt?
Mar 19, 2009 4:08 pm
Comments: 19 | Views: 8,283

The realities of high-speed rail arrived in Palo Alto and the Midpeninsula this year -- even though the first train is years away.

Neighbors along the designated... More
Is California high-speed rail the future or a slow-motion train wreck?
May 21, 2010 1:32 pm
Comments: 23 | Views: 8,206

For a frenetically busy community, it seems that Palo Altans sometimes have too much time on their hands.

It is a rare week when someone could possibly do or... More
The great water war of California Avenue?
May 30, 2008 4:37 pm
Comments: 16 | Views: 8,175

One of the odder mini-battles of Palo Alto is occurring at the east end of the California Avenue business district, near the Caltrain station.

That is whether... More
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