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The great water war of California Avenue?

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...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on May. 30, 2008
Last comment by Lois, on Aug 6, 2008 at 12:37 pm | 16 comments | 12914 Views

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On Deadline blog: Is Palo Alto big enough for an elected mayor? Yes and no, maybe

Former Mayor (twice over) Gary Fazzino has renewed a proposal he first surfaced about two decades ago: that Palo Alto is a big and complex enough town to directly...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Dec. 26, 2011
Last comment by Jeremy Feldman, on Jun 5, 2017 at 3:00 am | 16 comments | 8274 Views

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The great water war of California Avenue?

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...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on May. 30, 2008
Last comment by Lois, on Aug 6, 2008 at 12:37 pm | 16 comments | 7237 Views

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On Deadline blog: Is Palo Alto big enough for an elected mayor? Yes and no, maybe

Former Mayor (twice over) Gary Fazzino has renewed a proposal he first surfaced about two decades ago: that Palo Alto is a big and complex enough town to directly...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Dec. 26, 2011
Last comment by Jeremy Feldman, on Jan 4, 2012 at 2:54 am | 15 comments | 2930 Views

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On Deadline blog: That curbside parking space in front of my home is MINE!!!'

The current dialogue over parking requirements in downtown Palo Alto and other commercial areas echoes community debates and controversies that date back decades....

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Jan. 11, 2013
Last comment by bru, on Jan 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm | 15 comments | 2998 Views

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On Deadline blog: That curbside parking space in front of my home is MINE!!!'

The current dialogue over parking requirements in downtown Palo Alto and other commercial areas echoes community debates and controversies that date back decades....

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Jan. 11, 2013
Last comment by bru, on Jan 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm | 15 comments | 8323 Views

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No matter how bad 'ambulance billing' is, things could be worse ...

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...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Feb. 2, 2009
Last comment by Alphonso, on Apr 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm | 14 comments | 14680 Views

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No matter how bad 'ambulance billing' is, things could be worse ...

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...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Feb. 2, 2009
Last comment by Alphonso, on Apr 1, 2009 at 4:43 pm | 14 comments | 8578 Views

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On Deadline blog: Peter Carpenter's mission: warn of employee-benefit 'time bomb'

Every week I get two or three e-mails from Peter Carpenter drumming in a single message: that retirement costs/benefits for public employees are threatening to bankrupt...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Dec. 20, 2011
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Dec 24, 2011 at 9:40 am | 13 comments | 3166 Views

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On Deadline blog: Peter Carpenter's mission: warn of employee-benefit 'time bomb'

Every week I get two or three e-mails from Peter Carpenter drumming in a single message: that retirement costs/benefits for public employees are threatening to bankrupt...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Dec. 20, 2011
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Dec 24, 2011 at 9:40 am | 13 comments | 8786 Views

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Who else has a 'The Cat Came Back' story?

Amid the hustle of modern high-tech, high-speed life it's always great to pause for a story about a cat -- or sometimes a dog -- that gets lost or left behind and...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Sep. 9, 2010
Last comment by Jocelyn Dong, on Sep 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm | 12 comments | 12126 Views

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Are TDRs the new 'Planned Community' zoning hot potato?

In planning shorthand, a TDR is simply a "transfer of development rights" -- wherein a property owner or developer can buy rights from someone building less than...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on May. 2, 2015
Last comment by Ellyn Pavone, on Jun 27, 2016 at 10:59 pm | 12 comments | 11231 Views

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Who else has a 'The Cat Came Back' story?

Amid the hustle of modern high-tech, high-speed life it's always great to pause for a story about a cat -- or sometimes a dog -- that gets lost or left behind and...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Sep. 9, 2010
Last comment by Jocelyn Dong, on Sep 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm | 12 comments | 6456 Views

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On Deadline: It's name-calling, fact-enhancing compost season in Palo Alto

When the City Council officially set a special election for next November on the future of a corner of Palo Alto's baylands last week it opened the season of pre-election...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Mar. 28, 2011
Last comment by Parent, on Mar 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm | 11 comments | 3508 Views

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On Deadline blog: Palo Alto police and fire operations face big changes -- to be defined

Some of the most sweeping changes in the long histories of the Palo Alto Police Department and Fire Department are beginning to take shape -- even though many are...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Feb. 8, 2012
Last comment by svatoid, on Feb 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm | 11 comments | 6174 Views

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Off Deadline: Does 'parking overflow' slash housing prices near commercial areas?

Neighbors of Palo Alto's commercial areas have long complained about parking overflow being everything from a weekday nuisance to a severe impact on the quality...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Dec. 3, 2013
Last comment by FSH, on Dec 17, 2013 at 9:26 am | 11 comments | 6154 Views

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On Deadline: It's name-calling, fact-enhancing compost season in Palo Alto

When the City Council officially set a special election for next November on the future of a corner of Palo Alto's baylands last week it opened the season of pre-election...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Mar. 28, 2011
Last comment by Parent, on Mar 30, 2011 at 8:12 pm | 11 comments | 9135 Views

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On Deadline blog: Palo Alto police and fire operations face big changes -- to be defined

Some of the most sweeping changes in the long histories of the Palo Alto Police Department and Fire Department are beginning to take shape -- even though many are...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Feb. 8, 2012
Last comment by svatoid, on Feb 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm | 11 comments | 12178 Views

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Greg Scharff reviews his 'too short' year as Palo Alto mayor: It was fun

Outgoing Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff sums up his "too short" term as mayor as a year of accomplishment and moving forward but with a couple of frustrations. Overall...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Dec. 23, 2013
Last comment by hoplandhophead, on Jan 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm | 11 comments | 7188 Views

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On Deadline: Could a quake/tsunami hit Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park? You bet

In the shadow of the double-whammy disaster in Japan (assuming nuclear meltdown doesn't make it a triple) the inevitable question is: Can it happen here? Well,...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Mar. 18, 2011
Last comment by Waves, on Mar 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm | 10 comments | 4164 Views
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