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About this blog: So much is right — and wrong — about what is happening in Palo Alto. In this blog I want to discuss all that with you. I know many residents care about this town, and I want to explore our collective interests to help ...  (More)

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The E.R.A. – no real equality yet. Why not?
Jan 20, 2020 4:46 pm
Comments: 20 | Views: 2,078

When I was standing at the altar at age 21 rehearsing for my wedding, uttering the vow “to love, honor and obey,” I told the priest I would not say “obey.”... More
Plastic vegie bag ban: Pragmatic? -- or simply politically correct?
Jan 12, 2020 3:07 pm
Comments: 36 | Views: 3,280

Last June, the Palo Alto City Council, in a 6-0 vote, went along with a suggestion from the Girl Scouts to ban all plastic straws, which they did. A week later with... More
Can we make 2020 a less alarming and more calming year?
Jan 7, 2020 11:09 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 1,472

“Happy New Year!” people shouted at midnight at the dawning of 2020. Only this year, it felt like hollow wishes, as if they were made with our fingers crossed.... More
TO: Palo Alto officials: SUBJECT: Hurry up and get things done!
Dec 30, 2019 11:43 am
Comments: 22 | Views: 3,171

A friend of mine once explained to me how this city’s famous (and now infamous) “Palo Alto Process” came about. “We have a lot of bright people living in... More
Loss of transparency? Council decides HR can investigate some internal police problems – not an independent auditor
Dec 17, 2019 1:45 pm
Comments: 5 | Views: 1,738

Open governments and transparency in city affairs are big things for me – they’re part of what democracy should be all about. If city decisions are not available... More
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