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Water Torture

That's the problem with all this rain, that it can lull us into complacency, the default national mood. Of course, we need to do the opposite. This drought should...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 15, 2014
Last comment by Menlo Voter, on Dec 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm | 1 comment | 421 Views

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Über Alles

One can only commend the entrepreneurial verve of companies like Uber and Lyft. These firms have revamped ridesharing. Thinking outside the box, they have spurred...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Dec. 3, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Dec 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm | 7 comments | 579 Views

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Hit the Bus

Consider those really bad traffic days, say, a Friday evening just before Thanksgiving or Christmas...traffic crawling up El Camino in Menlo Park. It's the sort...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 16, 2014
Last comment by Tunbridge Wells, on Nov 23, 2014 at 6:08 pm | 5 comments | 684 Views

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Take Back Our Street

The big one, the six-lane state highway that divides Menlo Park unpleasantly and serves the region ineffectively. El Camino Real could indeed be royal – a 21st-century...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 11, 2014
Last comment by Cynthia J., on Nov 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm | 2 comments | 759 Views

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After M

It's over. Lawn signs are disappearing. The Farmers' Market is selling produce, not politics. And what are the lessons? For me, it's simple. Stay involved. I...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 9, 2014
Last comment by Basic math, on Nov 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm | 7 comments | 1083 Views

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Hope and Speed in Menlo Park

There must be a civic goal that can pull Menlo Park together – particularly after the bruising fight over Proposition M. What could truly inspire our community,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Nov. 2, 2014
Last comment by maximusgolden, on Nov 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm | 3 comments | 862 Views

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

For a town that prides itself in village flavor, Menlo Park seems oddly un-walkable. True, from a wheelchair I appreciate the more accessible and rollable features...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 28, 2014
Last comment by Skip Hilton, on Oct 31, 2014 at 1:21 am | 3 comments | 1113 Views

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Drought's Scouts

We need drought pioneers. California's water crisis demands bold thinking – including these promising approaches: PRICING. As several readers have pointed...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 13, 2014
Last comment by Louise68, on Oct 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm | 6 comments | 744 Views

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Traffic -- the 3 R's of Cars

This week the City of Menlo Park hosted an evening presentation on transportation issues – at which I learned a lot about human movement. And even more about...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 9, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Oct 13, 2014 at 7:05 am | 1 comment | 704 Views

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About Drought Doubt

I must be in a state of denial. For sure I'm in the state of California, where water is a sometimes thing. As a reader pointed out, we are staring catastrophe in...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 5, 2014
Last comment by Joseph E. Davis, on Oct 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm | 7 comments | 998 Views

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Life after Measure M

Really, I'm already tired of it and looking beyond. Also, looking within. The other day, wandering that center of community life, Menlo Park's Sunday farmer's...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Oct. 1, 2014
Last comment by bruce adornato, on Oct 5, 2014 at 5:20 pm | 4 comments | 991 Views

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Phone Sex

Okay, it's not exactly sex, partly because it's so frequent. Daily, in fact. But it is definitely sexy, my call from this woman who wants me to consider getting...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Sep. 26, 2014
There are no comments yet. 634 Views

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Menlo Park – Close to the Action

Local ballot measures are splendid, but much of Menlo Park's future is decided elsewhere...such as San Francisco, where our transportation growth currently hangs...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Sep. 24, 2014
There are no comments yet. 680 Views

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A Tale of Two Suburbs

If a deteriorating downtown, tacky buildings and suburban blight only 15 minutes from San Francisco sounds like something of a feat – look at San Bruno. Many...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Sep. 11, 2014
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Sep 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm | 16 comments | 2582 Views

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Caltrain's Good News

Nice returning to Menlo Park after a long trip and finding good news from Caltrain. Sixteen new cars are on the way. Well, not new. Old, actually. And, one infers,...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Sep. 5, 2014
There are no comments yet. 667 Views

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Anglo Menlo Park

Try arguing Menlo Park politics in rainy Gloucestershire, and you'll get a different perspective. El Camino and downtown development?How can you Americans afford...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Aug. 26, 2014
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Anglo Menlo Park

Try arguing Menlo Park politics in rainy Gloucestershire, and you'll get a different perspective. El Camino and downtown development?How can you Americans afford...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Aug. 26, 2014
There are no comments yet. 958 Views

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Getting High in Menlo Park

Our future is up in the air. Altitude figures prominently in Menlo Park's November ballot measure. The 'Save Menlo' initiative revamps - some might say 'elevates'...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Aug. 17, 2014
Last comment by cmon, on Aug 23, 2014 at 5:50 am | 4 comments | 1630 Views

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To 'Save Menlo' – Save Caltrain

Aboard Caltrain's 4:56 evening southbound a fellow passenger approaches to talk about the rail line. We agree it's a great thing. He urges me to write more about...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Aug. 7, 2014
Last comment by housing advocate, on Aug 16, 2014 at 2:13 pm | 3 comments | 1352 Views

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Aging and Training

Anyone who knows Caltrain knows Dexter. He is the archetypal conductor. Dexter could convincingly punch tickets on any American railroad...forever, it seems. Which...

Original post made by Paul Bendix on Jul. 30, 2014
Last comment by Stu Soffer, on Aug 6, 2014 at 10:12 am | 2 comments | 931 Views
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Water Torture
By Paul Bendix | 1 comment | 421 views