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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

How Much More Growth Should Palo Alto Allow?

To grow more, or a lot more: That is the question that Palo Alto voters will face in November, when a ballot measure will ask us whether we should cap this city’s...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 25, 2018
Last comment by @GM, on Aug 2, 2018 at 11:04 am | 54 comments | 9653 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

What ever happened to honesty in our country?

Whatever happened to honesty in America. Is lying – or relying on so-called “alternative facts” becoming more acceptable? Why? The honesty issue...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 9, 2020
Last comment by waasymoto, on May 10, 2020 at 10:49 am | 53 comments | 15469 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Are our elections unfair? Should we fix them? What will work?

All it took was one sentence on p. 3 of Saturday's, Nov. 7, NYT to finally convince me that my long-held stance on eliminating the Electoral College in the U.S....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 10, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Nov 18, 2020 at 8:38 am | 53 comments | 11712 Views

A TEEN'S PALO ALTO

George Floyd's tragedy exposes tense polarization between Americans

“Please, I can’t breathe.” George Floyd, nicknamed the “gentle giant” by family and friends, was a 46 year old black man who passed...

Original post made by Jessica Zang on May. 28, 2020
Last comment by Michael D, on Jun 21, 2020 at 12:03 am | 53 comments | 11955 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

The Palo Alto Bicycle Lobby: Impeding more and safer bicycling?

I did a lot of around-town bicycling from the late 1980s through the early 2000s (foot#4) and became involved in the City's bike planning. I found myself often in...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 16, 2014
Last comment by pat, on Mar 31, 2014 at 11:47 pm | 52 comments | 43964 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Open Letter to SCC Public Health on excessive restrictions, esp Nurseries

I was shocked to see (garden) nurseries become delivery-only businesses in recent update of the Shelter-In-Place (SIP) Order (^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 18, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Apr 26, 2020 at 1:11 am |
52 comments | 9469 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Such delightful city employee perks

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” William Shakespeare once proclaimed in “Hamlet.” I will soften that considerably, but suggest...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 1, 2020
Last comment by Acupuncturist, on Jun 15, 2020 at 4:31 am | 52 comments | 11162 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

If you do nothing else, do These Three Things

The bad news: The Earth is sick, and getting sicker. The good news: We know how to make it better, and we can all help! Earth Day is this Monday (April 22), so...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 21, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Apr 29, 2019 at 10:27 am | 51 comments | 11563 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

I Will Vote No on Propostion 23

I will vote no on Proposition 23. AB 32, which this proposition seeks to suspend, will help the California economy, as well as our health, air quality and national...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 25, 2010
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | 51 comments | 69418 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

I Will Vote No on Propostion 23

I will vote no on Proposition 23. AB 32, which this proposition seeks to suspend, will help the California economy, as well as our health, air quality and national...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 25, 2010
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm | 51 comments | 28067 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Are we too divided as a society? Even locally?

Rigidity. A lack of willingness to change one’s views – or really listen to other people’s point-of-view. It’s happening here in Palo Alto, it’s happening...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 9, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Apr 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm | 51 comments | 10432 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

My many questions after such a close election

As I write this, the election itself is over, the results are almost in, no one has been declared a presidential winner yet, and I am left with a series of questions...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 5, 2020
Last comment by TimR, on Nov 12, 2020 at 8:24 am | 51 comments | 8257 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Would you want a wind turbine in your backyard?

After I posted about the use of eminent domain for power...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 14, 2020
Last comment by Dr. René Sternke, on Aug 4, 2020 at 8:16 am | 51 comments | 17437 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Why contentious local politics? More examples from ADU at Council

Observations from the Council discussion on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Unit aka granny units). ----Advertising contempt for those that disagree---- If...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 18, 2017
Last comment by Gale Johnson, on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:13 pm | 50 comments | 9206 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

A sanctimonious, hypocritical (national) media

"Are you willing to pay for quality journalism?" is a promo I routinely receive. And my rhetorical response is ==I "Does that mean you have...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 17, 2018
Last comment by Harry Merkin, on Aug 28, 2018 at 10:49 pm | 50 comments | 9815 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Juggling Renewables

As California pushes to reduce emissions by 40% in the next twelve years, we are increasingly betting on clean electricity. We are electrifying vehicles, electrifying...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Apr. 14, 2019
Last comment by Peter, on Apr 22, 2019 at 10:10 am | 50 comments | 14352 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

How will Palo Alto plan for, and pay for, massive emissions reductions?

It is not easy for a city to quickly eliminate most of its greenhouse gas emissions, as Palo Alto is learning. Despite paying attention to its emissions for more...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 2, 2021
Last comment by Local Resident, on May 10, 2021 at 10:28 am | 50 comments | 6170 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Meeting the Federal Deficit Challenge

Last night we met the small dollar and ideologically charged challenge of passing a federal budget for the 2010-11 budget year. Now Americans face the challenge...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 9, 2011
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 11, 2011 at 11:38 am | 50 comments | 18074 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Meeting the Federal Deficit Challenge

Last night we met the small dollar and ideologically charged challenge of passing a federal budget for the 2010-11 budget year. Now Americans face the challenge...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 9, 2011
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 11, 2011 at 11:38 am | 50 comments | 3009 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Two New Thoughts About High Speed Rail

At the end of this blog I invite comments on two thoughts related to high sped rail (HSR) in California: --Will the spread of options like Uber, Lyft, Zipcar...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 30, 2014
Last comment by sally, on Feb 3, 2016 at 1:37 am | 49 comments | 24552 Views
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