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News - September 13, 2013


DISTRESS OVER DAMSEL ... A photograph of a bright-blue insect in the Sept. 6 edition of the Weekly triggered an immediate response from a longtime docent at the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve at Stanford University. "This is not a dragonfly," a sharp-eyed Targe Lindsay wrote regarding the erroneously labeled insect. "It's a damselfly." The common name of the damselfly is vivid dancer; the scientific name, Argia vivida. The Weekly thanks Mr. Lindsay and stands corrected.

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Posted by Can't Believe He Said That, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Peace in a Pod - Talk about putting the "cart" before the horse. Perhaps our mayor, and his developer friends, also feel that children are an impediment to expansion. After all they require more schools and teachers and playgrounds which could better be used for more office buildings.
Or perhaps the "public benefit" required of all developers should be that they must build enough residence space in the same building as the offices (no 'in lieu' fees) to house all the people who work in that building. Then there would be no need for any traffic at all.
Our mayor needs to take himself to Stanford Hospital as soon as possible for treatment of his medical condition...a severe case of cranial-rectal insertion.

Posted by Henry, a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

"Scharff referred to a "civil war" between Palo Alto's pro-development forces and the "residentialist" folks who want to preserve a small town feel."

So, in his own words, the Mayor of Palo Alto is at war with those of us who want to preserve the small town feel of Palo Alto.

Anyone else have a problem with the Mayor declaring war on the "folks" that vote here?

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 17, 2013 at 6:29 am

Link to the picture of the bright blue insect please? Damselfly?

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

If you have the bandwidth for 15MB of mostly real estate ads, the damselfly photo in question is on page 5 of the Sept 6 PA Weekly issue pdf linked here -- Web Link

Or just google damselfly.

Posted by JoAnn, a resident of Ventura
on Sep 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Cities are for real people to live in, not cash cows for developers and their buddies in government. Otherwise why not just tuck us into those commuter drawers like the Japanese use for a few hours of cramped sleep before running off to make some jerk a billionaire? Who says you need a life, peasants?

Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 18, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Thanks for the link to the damselfly photo, musical.
I never realized there was a difference between dragonflies.
The damselflies for the most part push their wings back when they are landed, dragonflies keep them out, and the dragonsfly's hind wings are wider. Interesting.