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Menlo Park's Youthful Future

An unusually warm evening in downtown Menlo Park and families with little kids are out in numbers. It's Wednesday, and the Off the Grid vans must be doing some business....

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 11, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Apr 16, 2014 at 3:05 pm | 6 comments | 1663 Views

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How to Speed Caltrain

Use it. That is the interim answer to speeding Caltrain service from Menlo Park. As for the long run: support electrification. Why? Consider today's diesel...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 3, 2014
Last comment by Alan, on Apr 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm | 6 comments | 1520 Views

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Stop Menlo Harbor Project

The 'Menlo Harbor' development plan currently being floated (forgive the pun) by a major investment group simply isn't right for this area. Unfortunately, there's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Apr. 1, 2014
Last comment by HIlarious!, on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:30 am | 13 comments | 1333 Views

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About Retirement

My wife insists I'm not retired. I was once a copywriter, and now I write my own stuff. It's still a job, my wife says. I'm still in the game, that is her point....

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 29, 2014
Last comment by Helen, on Apr 5, 2014 at 7:32 am | 2 comments | 1593 Views

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Public Works

Let's hear it for the City of Menlo Park, whose crews have leveled and flattened some of the roughest patches of sidewalk in my downtown neighborhood. One particular...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 24, 2014
There are no comments yet. 4270 Views

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Market Forces

Sunday, on the cusp of spring, and with mornings lengthening at one end of days, evenings at the other, why not head for the Farmers Market? Here everything Menlo...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 17, 2014
There are no comments yet. 3508 Views

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Secrets of Disabled Travel

The ironic love of travel, seemingly shared by disabled people everywhere...what else explains why I am hopping the 8:32 AM Caltrain to San Jose? To board Amtrak's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 12, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Mar 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm | 2 comments | 1490 Views

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Where the Sidewalk Bends

Having a close-up, wheelchair view of Menlo Park's sidewalks and arid borders I can report firsthand – the poppies are coming. California's state flower, more...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Mar. 3, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Mar 3, 2014 at 8:17 pm | 1 comment | 1177 Views

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The Good, the Bad, and the Google Buses

The Google bus, Armistead Maupin recently wrote,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 16, 2014
Last comment by peninsula resident, on Mar 1, 2014 at 11:04 am | 6 comments | 1910 Views

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Unhealthy Medicine

Here's one cure for our flawed healthcare system – become homeless. Ironically, a destitute person in a wheelchair may get better health advice than his...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 24, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Feb 27, 2014 at 3:53 pm | 3 comments | 1099 Views

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BBC -- Big Break Coming...for Downtown

It's good news for downtown Menlo Park and great news for the region...a landmark establishment that has long 'anchored' our retail district is on the way back....

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 12, 2014
There are no comments yet. 1236 Views

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Facing the Big Dry

I can see it coming and already resent it. Brown lawns. Saving rinse water in the shower. Wildfires in the news. Desert plants in the garden. Flushing the toilet...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 9, 2014
There are no comments yet. 815 Views

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Climate of Change

I admit to being obsessed, even haunted, by climate change. A banal saying from my youth – everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Feb. 3, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Feb 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm | 9 comments | 1024 Views

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(Under) Performing Arts Center

It's a major civic achievement, endlessly promising and somewhat disappointing: the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center. What's disappointing? The number of...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 16, 2014
Last comment by Comment, on Feb 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm | 1 comment | 622 Views

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Caltrain...at Capacity

Caltrain is back in the news – perhaps the 'right news,' if not exactly good news – that the line is straining to keep up with demand. Of course, this is hardly...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 16, 2013
Last comment by Lisa, on Jan 31, 2014 at 11:44 am | 10 comments | 4234 Views

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Reducing Gun Violence One Small Step Forward

Menlo Park may seem a benign enough suburb – but look closer. As Martin Lamarque points out, we spend twice as much on policing as on community services. That's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 27, 2014
Last comment by Martin Lamarque, on Jan 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm | 1 comment | 556 Views

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Guns, a Year after Sandy Hook

Guns...one of the nation's most deeply entrenched, emotional and perennial issues. And kudos to Stanford Continuing Studies for presenting last week's public debate,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 21, 2014
Last comment by MBL, on Jan 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm | 4 comments | 1404 Views

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California High-Speed Rail...a Bit More

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the topic of high-speed rail in California...a blog that was also a comment on California past and present. Why is it that...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 9, 2014
Last comment by peninsula resident, on Jan 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm | 4 comments | 1480 Views

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A Modest Proposal...For Prisons

Having argued about how to spend public money...let's argue about how not to spend it. On prisons. Yes, we certainly need them. No, we do not need to incarcerate...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by Alan, on Jan 3, 2014 at 4:12 pm | 1 comment | 1380 Views

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California High-Speed Rail: What It Says About Us

It says a lot about us and our general belief in the future. Our state's infrastructure is largely mid-20th century. In the postwar decades, Californians voted...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 25, 2013
Last comment by Laura Stec, on Jan 1, 2014 at 9:36 am | 10 comments | 1950 Views
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Veggie Grill coming soon to Mountain View's San Antonio Center
By Elena Kadvany | 17 comments | 3,162 views

Finding mentors in would-be bosses
By Jessica T | 0 comments | 1,782 views

Menlo Park's Youthful Future
By Paul Bendix | 6 comments | 1,663 views

The Dude Abides
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 1,103 views

Marathons
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 982 views