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One 57-year-old son (mine) on one bike pedaled 6,009 miles alone through Europe

As I mother, I was delighted – and dismayed – that my son had decided to make a nearly four-month trek from the Arctic Circle in northern Norway all...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 13, 2018
Last comment by Susan, on Sep 17, 2018 at 12:37 pm | 7 comments | 10743 Views

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Registering businesses is a flop in Palo Alto

For years, the Palo Alto City Council has tried over and over again to either license or register all businesses in town for a variety of somewhat specious reasons....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 6, 2018
Last comment by Not so evil, probably., on Sep 12, 2018 at 11:41 am | 11 comments | 10940 Views

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Palo Alto's problems -- crows, rats and airplanes

Crows! Roof rats! Noisy airplanes! I’ve been asking Palo Alto residents what bothers them in their daily lives this summer and their responses were surprising...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 17, 2018
Last comment by Lahaina , on Sep 8, 2018 at 6:11 pm | 19 comments | 14502 Views

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Are city officials cluttering up our streets?

Do you know that Palo Alto has a “Complete Streets” program? Until last week, I hadn’t heard this term. But council members adopted this complete...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 28, 2018
Last comment by Anon, on Sep 4, 2018 at 1:52 pm | 31 comments | 13088 Views

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Why aren’t my teeth part of my body?

I feel disconnected. Part of me suddenly seems theoretically gone. According to most insurance policies, including Medicare, my teeth evidently are not part of my...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 23, 2018
Last comment by peppered, on Aug 28, 2018 at 3:19 pm | 11 comments | 12516 Views

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Tell Me: Are Parents Today Overreacting to Child Safety Concerns?

I was touched by a column I recently read in The New York Times, “Motherhood in the Age of Fear,” by Kim Brooks, a mother who left her 4-year-old son...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 9, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on Aug 23, 2018 at 7:32 am | 23 comments | 15335 Views

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Politicians Are Still Politicians: The Growth Debate Reversals

It was a most unusual Palo Alto City Council meeting Monday, July 30. It was politics at its worst – or for some of the council members, perhaps politics at...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 31, 2018
Last comment by First Responders, on Aug 7, 2018 at 10:28 am | 11 comments | 10194 Views

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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 | 14253 Views

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Get Rid of Those Roundabouts!

Roundabouts are the new “in” thing for Palo Alto’s Transportation Department – and these drivable road circles are part of an $9.6 million...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 14, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on Jul 30, 2018 at 10:04 pm | 37 comments | 17880 Views

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Would you favor a business head tax?

“How do you feel about a head tax?” a friend asked me the other day. She was referring to a relatively new tax idea that some communities are embracing: The...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 5, 2018
Last comment by Anne, on Jul 19, 2018 at 2:53 pm | 25 comments | 14136 Views

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What if this outage had been an earthquake?

It was not a dark and stormy night. It was a blue-sky sunny evening when at 6:20 p.m. the electricity in my house suddenly went off July 2. It was no big deal....

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 11, 2018
Last comment by You'de be history if it were an earthquake, on Jul 16, 2018 at 11:17 am | 10 comments | 11672 Views

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Avoiding Those Partisan ‘Others’

As we celebrate this year’s Fourth of July, I keep on thinking about Americans today and about the terrible partisan divide we have in this country, a divide...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 28, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on Jul 1, 2018 at 8:39 am | 45 comments | 12472 Views

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Get cars off our streets??

As outlandish as it sounds to me, while there are a number of Palo Alto residents who feel our streets are too crowded (they are!), their solution is to get more...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 20, 2018
Last comment by Personal Corporate Responsibility, on Jun 27, 2018 at 9:29 am | 49 comments | 12178 Views

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Ahhh, those darn aging questions

“How old are you?” the chatty woman sitting next to me in the Seoul Airport recently asked on my trip back from Japan. “I’m 66 and just celebrated my birthday,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 29, 2018
Last comment by NachoVi, on Jun 26, 2018 at 8:38 am | 6 comments | 10445 Views

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Persky's recall: a loss for our nation's judicial system

Emotionalism won; judicial understanding lost. By a 60-40 margin, Judge Aaron Persky was recalled from office Tuesday. That is an unfortunate loss for our judicial...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 6, 2018
Last comment by Revenge, on Jun 8, 2018 at 8:34 am | 54 comments | 15777 Views

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Gun control: What can we do locally?

As a Palo Alto resident who is upset about all the mass shootings our country keeps on witnessing, I want to do something about gun control. But what? Locally,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 22, 2018
Last comment by the_punnisher, on May 28, 2018 at 5:56 pm | 18 comments | 18080 Views

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School Superintendent Hires Need to be Thoroughly Vetted

The Palo Alto School District is now undergoing its third hire for a superintendent in a little more than a decade. Maybe it’s time for school board members...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 11, 2018
Last comment by Annette, on May 17, 2018 at 11:46 am | 4 comments | 15751 Views

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Motherhood -- Revisited

==I Welcome to my new blog at the Palo Alto Weekly. My goal is to discuss a variety of issues affecting Palo Alto, its residents and our daily lives, and perhaps...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 8, 2018
Last comment by DianaDiamond, on May 9, 2018 at 3:50 pm | 2 comments | 15986 Views
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