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Do Palo Alto city officials ever, ever have enough money?

Palo Alto has nearly a $1 billion (that’s a “B”) budget scheduled for this coming 2022-2023 fiscal year. That in itself is amazing for a town with a 62,000-plus...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 23, 2022
Last comment by Annette, 20 minutes ago | 37 comments | 2626 Views

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Do we really need all that new housing?

Suppose that all those pious but earnest urgings by local and state officials over the past few years proclaiming that we need much more housing in this state, particularly...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 3, 2022
Last comment by Kelly Sonderson, on May 13, 2022 at 5:27 pm | 97 comments | 6036 Views

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Stop gouging us, oil companies!

Since the 1970s, I have been suspicious of the constant escalating gas pump prices, especially the leaps we are now seeing because of the oil companies’ fears...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 17, 2022
Last comment by Chuck Neubauer, on May 13, 2022 at 12:47 pm | 31 comments | 4579 Views

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Chirps about birds—and tales about bushy-tailed squirrels

I’ve always enjoyed my garden, especially during the spring, when birds build their nests and baby birds emerge. Two summers ago, two birds nested and nestled...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 10, 2022
Last comment by Bonita Miller, on May 13, 2022 at 10:31 am | 17 comments | 2302 Views

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Absurdly long waits for doctors' appointments are an escalating health care problem

I don’t know whether I should laugh out loud as I think about the iabsurdly long waits we now encounter in getting a doctor’s appointment -- or bury my head...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 19, 2022
Last comment by Jesus, on May 6, 2022 at 2:21 pm | 54 comments | 5490 Views

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How we talk to other people

Scene: A late afternoon cocktail party, following an all-day conference attended by 200 people. I walked in, looked around and realized I did not know...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 26, 2022
Last comment by Erubial Chacon, on May 1, 2022 at 11:44 am | 30 comments | 3180 Views

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Can you read cursive? Do you know why democratic values are important?

“I don’t read cursive,” the CVS store clerk said to me when I handed my friend’s somewhat undecipherable shopping list over, asking her what she thought...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 12, 2022
Last comment by Ashley Judson, on Apr 19, 2022 at 2:58 pm | 77 comments | 4702 Views

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On water, cows and police resistance

Ninety-three percent of California is now in a severe drought. Yet Gov. Gavin Newsom has refused so far to impose mandatory use restrictions on urban and suburban...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 31, 2022
Last comment by Layla Cole, on Apr 18, 2022 at 2:39 am | 31 comments | 6065 Views

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Keeping things from the public trumps transparency in town

I watched the Palo Alto City Council meeting to the bitter end (12:30 a.m.) of Monday night’s meeting, and, indeed, it was a bitter ending for me, a champion...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 5, 2022
Last comment by Layla Cole, on Apr 18, 2022 at 2:38 am | 72 comments | 5942 Views

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Questions for PA City Manager Ed Shikada

I am contemplating walking through Palo Alto City Hall, clear see-through flag in hand, proclaiming, “Transparency: Now!” Why? Because I am tired of all the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 22, 2022
Last comment by Jason Tang, on Mar 31, 2022 at 2:45 pm | 48 comments | 4797 Views

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Express lanes will cost drivers masses of money -- and the state will collect millions from us

==I "The integration of managed express lanes will reduce congestion all along the U.S. 101 corridor. It will encourage carpooling and transit ridership as...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 15, 2022
Last comment by Cynthia Albert, on Mar 24, 2022 at 3:29 pm | 38 comments | 7099 Views

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Propaganda, disinformation invade our lives -- here, and in Ukraine

The disinformation about the invasion of Ukraine that is being broadcast by Putin to his people is frightening, to say the least, for the message Putin is spewing...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 8, 2022
Last comment by Russ Wilkins, on Mar 16, 2022 at 11:57 am | 36 comments | 5822 Views

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A left- v. right-hand problem in PA’s push to be an “all-electric city”

Will Palo Alto and other local cities have adequate distribution systems to go all-electric by 2030? Some utility experts say absolutely not – we don’t...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 2, 2022
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Mar 10, 2022 at 5:19 pm | 16 comments | 4670 Views

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Palo Alto City Council: Get rid of police encryption! Now! Please!

How long will it take the Palo Alto City Council to discuss the police encryption problem? When will the city’s top staff members stop saying that encryption must...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 22, 2022
Last comment by Eeyore (formerly StarSpring), on Mar 2, 2022 at 8:46 am | 16 comments | 12939 Views

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Palo Alto needs to prioritize its priorities

Palo Alto’s new priorities are nice. So very nice. The four the city council decided on for 2922 encompass many of this city’s worries and concerns...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 9, 2022
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Feb 15, 2022 at 4:27 am | 15 comments | 4696 Views

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If at first the city does not succeed …

Once again (sigh), our city officials in Palo Alto are moving ahead to adopt a business tax – the revenue will probably go into the city’s general operating...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 3, 2022
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Feb 10, 2022 at 9:32 am | 27 comments | 4090 Views

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Don’t jump on the single-payer bandwagon yet – we can’t afford it!

Toss away those Medicare and MediCal cards – they will be invalid. Forget about paying your monthly health premium rates – you will no longer be charged for...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 26, 2022
Last comment by maguro_01, on Feb 5, 2022 at 10:54 pm | 49 comments | 5634 Views

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Sutter and PAMF — protect your patients from coronavirus — not just your employees

For months, I declared that I would not write about the COVID-19 virus and its variants because we are bombarded with daily reports in the press, and on daily radio...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 22, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Jan 27, 2022 at 8:03 am | 42 comments | 6121 Views

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Bay Area public transit is in trouble: Can our failing systems be saved?

Let us imagine that you have just been appointed the chief public transit guru in the Bay Area. You achieved this very important post because the transit committee...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 11, 2022
Last comment by Carolyn Ober, on Jan 21, 2022 at 12:19 pm | 35 comments | 5540 Views

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Big changes needed in Palo Alto -- including spending control

For your consideration, Palo Altans: We need a change in the way this city is governed. Given our gigantic city budget, our thousand-plus employees and the increasing...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 4, 2022
Last comment by Paul Withrow, on Jan 8, 2022 at 2:19 pm | 12 comments | 4471 Views
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