• The California High Speed Rail Blog really doesn’t like Palo Alto’s vote to oppose a high speed rail station in the city. The post starts like this…

    Some time in the future – probably sooner than people think, perhaps around 2020 – Palo Alto residents will look back at last night’s city council meeting, where the council voted to oppose an HSR station in Palo Alto, and shake their heads as they curse the short-sightedness of the 2010 council.

    …and ends like this:

    …they don’t want 21st century prosperity, and prefer to string out the 20th century as long as possible. It’s their loss, really. Redwood City is now poised to get the station, should they want it, and let’s hope they do – Palo Alto may have Stanford and the Sand Hill Road venture capital firms, but Redwood City is about to vault past it as a center of jobs and prosperity on the Peninsula. And when Palo Alto is choked by traffic, future generations will look back on October 25, 2010, and see it as the day Palo Alto’s city council gave up on the future.

    A healthy discussion in the comments section ensues…

  • Necessary Conversation has put up a rather entertaining video voter guide to local San Francisco propositions, broken into two parts:

    Part 1

    Part 2

  • The Informant examines San Francisco’s Proposition L, the Sit/Lie law, during a visit to Haight Street. Listen to the radio report or read the transcript.
Blog Beat: Palo Alto Vilified on Rail Vote, SF’s Sit/Lie Examined 27 October,2010Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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