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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

City’s “priorities” have become meaningless – and a waste of time

Once upon a time, but not too long ago, I used appreciate when city councils decided on priorities for the upcoming year – usually three or four problem areas...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 10, 2020
Last comment by neighbor, on Feb 17, 2020 at 11:23 am | 12 comments | 5025 Views

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Palo Alto needs a new auditor NOW

Palo Alto has been without a permanent auditor for 11 months. Why should we care? Why even bother with an auditor? Our city is doing a reasonably good job, many...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 27, 2020
Last comment by Sharon E., on Feb 11, 2020 at 10:25 am | 8 comments | 4909 Views

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No person is above the law, including police officers.

No man is above the law. We’ve heard that phrase repeatedly in recent weeks applied to Pres. Donald Trump as the Congressional House hearings on his impeachment...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 25, 2019
Last comment by Slap Em Down n Person, on Feb 10, 2020 at 2:19 pm | 26 comments | 11750 Views

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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 | 6668 Views

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TO: Palo Alto officials: SUBJECT: Hurry up and get things done!

A friend of mine once explained to me how this city’s famous (and now infamous) “Palo Alto Process” came about. “We have a lot of bright people living in...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 30, 2019
Last comment by Anneke, on Jan 5, 2020 at 5:54 am | 22 comments | 5799 Views

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Loss of transparency? Council decides HR can investigate some internal police problems – not an independent auditor

Open governments and transparency in city affairs are big things for me – they’re part of what democracy should be all about. If city decisions are not available...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 17, 2019
Last comment by Trish Bubenik , on Jan 1, 2020 at 8:16 pm | 5 comments | 4374 Views

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Sure, the traffic mess in town is a complicated problem, but I want a solution

Wow! Palo Alto’s new Office of Transportation will have 15.5 employees to solve all our traffic problems in our city – that’s a lot of people to...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 10, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Dec 19, 2019 at 4:37 pm | 58 comments | 6504 Views

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Do city officials ever consider giving taxpayers a break?

Advice to new government officials: Spend! And then, get more money from taxpayers! Get it again! And again Keep on asking! Fellow taxpayers, I think we are...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Dec. 2, 2019
Last comment by Anonymous, on Dec 7, 2019 at 11:56 am | 18 comments | 5273 Views

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A Voter Warning from a Wise Friend

“Do not be a single-issue voter,” a wise friend once told me. “Elections are too important to waste your vote just because you may agree with a candidate on...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Nov. 18, 2019
Last comment by Citizen Realist, on Nov 25, 2019 at 9:21 am | 25 comments | 5209 Views

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Why don’t city officials love my car?

I love my little hybrid gas-sipping silver car, but it’s unrequited love. City officials don’t adore my car the same way I do. They’d prefer to see me walk...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 29, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Nov 13, 2019 at 11:18 am | 68 comments | 6759 Views

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Free speech – Zuckerberg’s version and mine

Palo Alto resident Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, decided to speak out for free speech last Thursday at a talk at Georgetown University. Unfortunately,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 19, 2019
Last comment by V Kleinow, on Oct 22, 2019 at 9:11 pm | 30 comments | 4978 Views

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Some answers, please, PG&E

I want to know a lot more about why and who made the PG&E decision to cut off electricity to prevent wildfires to more than 886,000 customers in California – and,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 10, 2019
Last comment by pg&e must pay up, on Oct 16, 2019 at 9:21 am | 12 comments | 5385 Views

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Caltrain grade crossings: an uncoordinated problem with too little communication

It’s that proverbial cart-before-the-horse problem again, and this time it could be an expensive undertaking because the whole effort to redo grade crossings...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Oct. 3, 2019
Last comment by TBM, on Oct 11, 2019 at 11:49 am | 18 comments | 5293 Views

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Does Palo Alto City Hall have a new cover-up culture?

What is happening to Palo Alto’s officials, most notably City Manager Ed Shikada, who ordered all city employees not to talk to the press about a June 3 911...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 25, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Oct 4, 2019 at 8:43 am | 21 comments | 6458 Views

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Can cities handle our traffic mess? I doubt it!

Can Palo Alto and other Peninsula cities ever find a way to diminish the terrible traffic congestion problems we all are experiencing, particularly during commute...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 9, 2019
Last comment by Arastradero Rd Mess, on Sep 26, 2019 at 8:16 am | 18 comments | 5759 Views

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Troubling safety issues in our fair city

Palo Alto has to deal with certain safety issues. Specifically: 1) ==B Where do we go for shelter if there’s a big emergency on our streets – or in the entire...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 10, 2019
Last comment by Dollar bill, on Sep 19, 2019 at 11:58 am | 18 comments | 5688 Views

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Firing Judge Persky as a tennis coach was a big mistake

Former Judge Aaron Persky is being derided and disgraced. It’s unfair – and regretful. Persky was the Santa Clara County judge who conducted the Brock...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 17, 2019
Last comment by Steve White, on Sep 18, 2019 at 4:17 pm | 22 comments | 17792 Views

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Stanford’s Cantor Museum banner raises questions, some unintended

The banner was stretched across the large entrance to the Cantor Museum at Stanford University. It spread across half the room, although the right side was not completely...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 30, 2019
Last comment by Al Ward, on Sep 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm | 21 comments | 7352 Views

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Why does it take so long to hire an auditor?

Public perception of how a city is handling a problem can be almost as important as how the city really is solving the problem. And the Palo Alto City Council now...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 20, 2019
Last comment by WilliamR, on Aug 26, 2019 at 10:48 am | 2 comments | 4374 Views

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Do something about assault weapons, now!

“Do Something Congress! “Cries have echoed around this country after last week’s American carnage in Texas and Ohio. As we all too painfully know,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 13, 2019
Last comment by musical, on Aug 20, 2019 at 2:18 pm | 42 comments | 7954 Views
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