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By Douglas Moran

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About this blog: As a teenager (in the 1960s), I stumbled across the insight that real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. As a grad student, I belonged to an...  (More)

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Council Priorities 2015: Honesty, Focus, and Listening about Listening
Jan 23, 2015 4:30 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 983

At the annual retreat to set the top-3 priorities for City Hall, I suggest that Council create two separate sets of priorities, one for Staff and one for themselves,... More
Why is Palo Alto politics so stubbornly pre-Internet? Part 2
Jan 18, 2015 10:32 pm
Comments: 3 | Views: 1,622

Recap: The Internet Revolution is a change in attitudes about how information can be provided and used—that there is immense benefit in sharing much more information... More
Why is Palo Alto politics so stubbornly pre-Internet?
Jan 7, 2015 4:31 am
Comments: 7 | Views: 2,819

Most meetings I attend are insignificantly different from similar ones in the 1970s and 1980s, both meetings conducted by City Hall and those by various civic group.... More
Election recounts an illusion?
Dec 2, 2014 12:40 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 2,675

If you have a process for recounting the votes in an election, but the costs are so astronomical that it is implausible that it could be utilized, can you really... More
Campaign Endorsements: Behind the Curtain
Nov 22, 2014 1:35 am
Comments: 10 | Views: 1,583

The ordinary voter's perception of endorsements is very different from what is seen from inside a campaign, as evidenced by the surprise voiced by those new to the... More
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