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AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

What I Saw on Mulberry Street – and other cultural revisions

Writing about racism in our society today is always a delicate – and sometimes a dicey -- matter. Some people, it seems, are rushing to declare a book as “racist”...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Mar. 9, 2021
Last comment by ariel fleming, on Mar 19, 2021 at 11:40 am | 72 comments | 15388 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Keeping things from the public trumps transparency in town

I watched the Palo Alto City Council meeting to the bitter end (12:30 a.m.) of Monday night’s meeting, and, indeed, it was a bitter ending for me, a champion...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 5, 2022
Last comment by Layla Cole, on Apr 18, 2022 at 2:38 am | 72 comments | 6989 Views

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He said – she said – who is lying? Justice Brett Kavanaugh or PA resident Christine Ford

Christine Blasey Ford is my new heroine. I am so proud of her that she finally decided to go public about her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Sep. 17, 2018
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Sep 19, 2018 at 6:34 pm | 69 comments | 29552 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Most Seniors do not Need Senior Housing But Could Benefit from other Choice to Remain in Palo Alto

Palo Alto has a large number of residents aged 65 and above?17% of the city's population compared to 11% for the state and region. In addition most of the baby boom...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 22, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm | 68 comments | 92384 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

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 | 9896 Views

A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

The Economics of Residential Rooftop Solar

The other day I mentioned to someone that I’m not a big fan of residential rooftop solar. His response was “You don’t believe in climate change?”...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jan. 16, 2022
Last comment by EPL, on Feb 16, 2022 at 7:46 am | 67 comments | 14676 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

What is ABAG?

ABAG (the Association of Bay Area Governments) is the regional planning agency for the nine-county Bay Area. Voting members of ABAG are the elected officials appointed...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 27, 2012
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm | 66 comments | 26225 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

What is ABAG?

ABAG (the Association of Bay Area Governments) is the regional planning agency for the nine-county Bay Area. Voting members of ABAG are the elected officials appointed...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 27, 2012
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm | 66 comments | 6039 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Options for Addressing the Rapid Rise in Regional Rents: More Housing?, Rent Control? Other Solutions?

Rent increases have far outpaced income gains during the economic recovery and are at record levels in terms of affordability. Many residents have had to move as...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 31, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Nov 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm | 66 comments | 21328 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Older Homeowners and Local Property Taxes

One of the main arguments in 1978 for passing Proposition 13 was that rising property taxes threatened older homeowners who were retired and living on a reduced...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 9, 2011
Last comment by Perspective, on May 14, 2011 at 4:47 am | 65 comments | 26202 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

Older Homeowners and Local Property Taxes

One of the main arguments in 1978 for passing Proposition 13 was that rising property taxes threatened older homeowners who were retired and living on a reduced...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 9, 2011
Last comment by Perspective, on May 14, 2011 at 4:47 am | 65 comments | 5864 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

I am a covid coward – and also angry at anti-vaxxers

The reason I obtained my covid shot the second day it was locally available was because I am a coward. I don’t want to suffer through the corona virus --a...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 27, 2021
Last comment by Kristy Keenham, on Aug 4, 2021 at 1:24 pm | 65 comments | 19970 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Do Palo Alto city officials ever, ever have enough money?

Palo Alto has nearly a $1 billion (that’s a “B”) budget scheduled for this coming 2022-2023 fiscal year. That in itself is amazing for a town with a 62,000-plus...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on May. 23, 2022
Last comment by Bystander, on Jun 2, 2022 at 8:52 am | 65 comments | 6112 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Chez Franc calls it quits in Palo Alto

Palo Alto's only high-end hot dog eatery, Chez Franc, closed its doors for good after dinner on...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on May. 11, 2015
Last comment by Steph, on May 30, 2016 at 4:58 am | 63 comments | 40862 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

After 39 years of cakes and pastries, Palo Alto institution Prolific Oven to close

It started with a scaling back of the eclairs. The owners of The Prolific Oven struggled to find an available baking decorator to hire, so they temporarily made...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Aug. 14, 2019
Last comment by Who can afford it?, on Aug 31, 2019 at 12:34 am | 62 comments | 39074 Views

PENINSULA FOODIST

Chick-fil-A quietly starts delivering out of DoorDash kitchen in Redwood City

Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has started delivering its chicken sandwiches and other fare on the Peninsula out of DoorDash's

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Nov. 15, 2019
Last comment by So Proud of CFA, on Nov 22, 2019 at 5:41 am |
61 comments | 26347 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Are we losing our common sense?

In our collective concern about coronavirus, some decisions are being made that defy common sense. Our roads are emptier the past couple of weeks, since everyone...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Apr. 20, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on Apr 29, 2020 at 7:05 pm | 60 comments | 19434 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

Palo Alto’s business tax: A forever tax that we will be paying for

==I “So, what if Palo Alto imposes a business tax on all retail businesses in this city? That’s fine with me if they pay money to run Palo Alto –...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 7, 2022
Last comment by vanessa, on Jul 14, 2022 at 11:04 pm | 59 comments | 5696 Views

INVEST & INNOVATE

My Home Was Built by a Developer

Town Square is full of angry comments about developers who have built office buildings recently in Palo Alto and council action with regard to these developments. I...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 12, 2014
Last comment by Garrett83, on Feb 20, 2014 at 10:02 am | 58 comments | 26879 Views

AN ALTERNATIVE VIEW

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 | 10216 Views
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