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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

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 Rachel, on Mar 16, 2022 at 6:13 pm | 37 comments | 14067 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Shills and Charlatans of "Smart Growth"

"For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." (foot#1) Any decent manager approaching a new project asks about...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 16, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jul 3, 2014 at 4:12 pm | 36 comments | 38977 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Stimulus 102-- One Year and $800 Billion Later

This month marks one year since the nearly $800 billion federal stimulus package was passed by Congress. What has the stimulus package accomplished? What should...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 20, 2010
Last comment by Gene, on Feb 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm | 36 comments | 26763 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Stimulus 102-- One Year and $800 Billion Later

This month marks one year since the nearly $800 billion federal stimulus package was passed by Congress. What has the stimulus package accomplished? What should...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 20, 2010
Last comment by Gene, on Feb 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm | 36 comments | 6397 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

All Families Pay Taxes

Every so often someone on Town Square asserts that half of the population does not pay taxes. They see that many families do not earn enough to owe state or federal...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 15, 2011
Last comment by Tax the man behind the tree, on Jun 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm | 36 comments | 22130 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Improve Mobility to Address Inequality

Discussions about poverty and inequality are in the news these days. I have been asked about inequality especially in the Bay Area by several reporters recently....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 4, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Apr 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm | 36 comments | 66470 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Guns or Butter?

Lots of news in the news this week. What-oh-what to write about? There’s Brexit - might make a good Food Party! cuz’ it sounds like breakfast...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Jun. 26, 2016
Last comment by What2ndAmendment?, on Jul 2, 2016 at 9:21 pm | 36 comments | 30586 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Plastic vegie bag ban: Pragmatic? -- or simply politically correct?

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...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 12, 2020
Last comment by SJ, on Jan 25, 2020 at 2:20 am | 36 comments | 13294 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Gas use or gas ban? Consider all the good -- and bad -- effects

We make community decisions all the time. Sometimes we vote "yes" because it seems like the PC way to act. But oftentimes in our patriotic environmental...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 1, 2021
Last comment by Bystander, on Sep 8, 2021 at 10:37 pm | 36 comments | 13366 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

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 | 10107 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

What, You're Still Driving?!

Yeah, me too. What’s up with that? Aren’t we all supposed to be on bikes and buses? A few months ago I was trying out a friend’s climate app....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 5, 2019
Last comment by 60-years young and still bike., on May 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm | 36 comments | 16814 Views

THINKING ABOUT COLLEGE

Gunn Student Posts Video on Student Deaths and Stress

Gunn senior Martha Cabot?s YouTube video comments on the recent death of a classmate and offers insight into what makes high school stressful. Video has gone viral...

Original post made by John Raftrey and Lori McCormick on Nov. 5, 2014
Last comment by a parent, on Nov 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm | 35 comments | 34815 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

What is your climate personality?

People react to climate change in different ways. How do people in our area think about it? Do we accept it? Fight it? Fight against the fight against it? Are we...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 11, 2019
Last comment by Game Over, on Aug 18, 2019 at 1:22 pm | 35 comments | 18050 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

All Families Pay Taxes

Every so often someone on Town Square asserts that half of the population does not pay taxes. They see that many families do not earn enough to owe state or federal...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 15, 2011
Last comment by Tax the man behind the tree, on Dec 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm | 35 comments | 3579 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

How Can We Fund Below Market Rate Housing for Low and Moderate Income Residents in the Region?

Most residents agree that the greatest housing shortages are with below market rate housing reserved for low and low/moderate income residents. This is true even...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 13, 2019
Last comment by The Business Man, on Jun 13, 2019 at 8:16 pm | 35 comments | 8976 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

What Would it Take to Get Tech Companies to Move Jobs Out of the Region and Is This a Good Idea?

This is a very popular idea on many Town Square blogs. Personally I do not support this proposal and I will explain why below. But the main point of the blog...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 18, 2019
Last comment by Kolkata Escorts, on Jul 3, 2019 at 1:41 pm | 35 comments | 11695 Views

THE FOOD PARTY!

Microbiotic Bowl - Research Participants Needed

Did you know your body is made up of 70-90% the genes of another species? Those genes are the bacteria/microbiome that live on and in us. We are more them than...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Aug. 7, 2018
Last comment by Survivialist, on Aug 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm | 35 comments | 14699 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

The Catholic Church must rid this pedophile problem

Appalling and outrageous! That’s my reaction to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report’s conclusion that more than 300 priests committed sexual offenses...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 16, 2018
Last comment by Ann Stokman, on Nov 12, 2018 at 11:20 am | 35 comments | 15802 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

He said, she said, Mark Judge didn’t say: Kavanaugh-Ford Part 2

A week ago I wrote about Christine Blasley Ford, calling her a brave woman. After hearing her testimony Thursday, I think she was extremely brave. Hers was a...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 27, 2018
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Sep 30, 2018 at 7:13 pm | 35 comments | 13344 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

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 | 10017 Views
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