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Caltrain grade crossings – changing horses in midstream

For months and months, Palo Alto officials have been talking about -- and then finally planning -- what kind of grade separations the city might create at four Caltrain...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 27, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Aug 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm | 12 comments | 5172 Views

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PA’s city budget: city income soars; residents shell out more

Most of us simply glaze over charts and numbers, whether it’s the deepening Federal deficit – or an escalating Palo Alto city budget with much higher...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 5, 2019
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Aug 12, 2019 at 11:52 am | 10 comments | 5247 Views

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Police misconduct? My 10 questions for the PA police to answer

The video of the Palo Alto police officer slamming the head of a resident of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park into a car’s windshield and then arresting him is very...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 28, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Aug 3, 2019 at 4:49 pm | 22 comments | 7429 Views

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Is racism also a local problem?

(Note -- this also appeared in print in the 7-19 issue of The Weekly) I write this cautiously because I am a white female, and while I certainly have experienced...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 19, 2019
Last comment by Gale Johnson, on Jul 27, 2019 at 2:46 pm | 43 comments | 6997 Views

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I feel sorry for Stanford University

Note: This column appeared in the Friday, June 8, print edition of the Weekly I am upset at how Stanford is being treated by local officials. In what way? This...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 9, 2019
Last comment by Cardinal Red, on Jun 13, 2019 at 5:23 pm | 5 comments | 5334 Views

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Save Palo Alto's park land

In 1981, Elizabeth F. Gamble willed to Palo Alto her large house and garden on a 2.3 acre lot at the corner of Waverley Street and Embarcadero Road. The Palo Alto...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 5, 2019
Last comment by Derek Gurney, on Jun 8, 2019 at 10:25 am | 12 comments | 4152 Views

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Fussy (too fussy?) about the foods we eat

I happen to be one of those “eat to live” kinds of people, rather than a “live to eat” type. But for either, I love to cook. Most of the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 18, 2019
Last comment by Ms. B, on May 22, 2019 at 9:33 am | 13 comments | 4534 Views

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Utility rates go up and up; residents can’t do much but to keep on paying them

I was cleaning out an old file cabinet drawer recently and stuck to the side was a 1993 bill from the City of Palo Alto Utilities Department for $100.67 for the...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 13, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on May 16, 2019 at 4:19 pm | 8 comments | 5287 Views

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Seven, not five, council members need to decide this major issue

We need a seven, not a five-member Palo Alto City Council to decide on what the city should soon do about grade separations at the four traffic crossings over Caltrain...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 30, 2019
Last comment by Mja1, on May 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm | 17 comments | 4722 Views

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We have no privacy left

I realized a couple of years ago that I am being “watched.” I didn’t think much of it at the time, because I saw those cameras in CVS and Safeway and at traffic...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 5, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on May 11, 2019 at 12:52 pm | 22 comments | 5052 Views

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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 | 8445 Views

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Reflections on Palo Alto's Centennial -- now it's the city's 125th birthday!

This Sunday, April 28th, Palo Alto will officially celebrate its 125th birthday. It’s a time to celebrate! 125 years ago, in April 1894, this small community...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 25, 2019
Last comment by mauricio, on Apr 26, 2019 at 10:49 am | 4 comments | 4897 Views

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All those things our city does – and doesn’t -- do

I call this my potpourri blog because lots of good and bad things are happening in Palo Alto and I want your reactions to some of these issues. For example: •...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 16, 2019
Last comment by mary ann, on Apr 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm | 7 comments | 4764 Views

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Be careful what you call me.

Please don’t call me a “lady.” Or collectively address my friends and myself as “ladies.” Oftentimes, I get emails that start off with “Dear Ladies.”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 25, 2019
Last comment by Female, on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:35 am | 23 comments | 12355 Views

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Environmentalists will soon be fighting housing advocates over what to do with the SF Bay locally

A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision has produced a challenge for liberal residents in the area – do you want to turn a whopping 1,400...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 18, 2019
Last comment by Moslitski, on Apr 8, 2019 at 10:13 am | 26 comments | 6070 Views

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Don’t close Churchill Avenue at the tracks

Palo Alto is having a lot of trouble figuring out what kind of grade separations should be used at railroad crossings to accommodate an estimated 20 trains an hour...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 1, 2019
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Apr 8, 2019 at 12:26 am | 13 comments | 4732 Views

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A new PA mayor is facing many challenges

Palo Alto has a new mayor, councilman Eric Filseth, who was unanimously elected Monday night. I have many good wishes for him – including good luck. “Luck”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 8, 2019
Last comment by Richmond VA Tree Trimming, on Mar 28, 2019 at 11:20 pm | 8 comments | 6174 Views

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Let’s reconsider our “jobs-housing imbalance” problem

The headline in The Mercury News on Thursday was indeed alarming: “Palo Alto at nearly 3 times the size?” If Senate Bill 50 were to become law, which is a distinct...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 7, 2019
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Mar 12, 2019 at 5:56 pm | 19 comments | 6338 Views

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Let’s blame car drivers, not the pedestrians wearing black clothes!!??

A recent car column by Gary Richards in the Mercury News offered a reader suggestion that pedestrians and bicyclists should avoid wearing black clothes at night,...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Feb. 22, 2019
Last comment by DIana Diamond, on Mar 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm | 25 comments | 9305 Views

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Are parents coddling their kids too much?

Consider the following: Teens, the past couple of years, are complaining more and more that they are stressed out, overworked, and feel bad whenever they are criticized...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jan. 1, 2019
Last comment by Ladies, Is Your Ex ALWAYS On Your Mind?, on Mar 7, 2019 at 6:35 am | 28 comments | 12243 Views
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