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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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

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143 important decisions in 150 minutes by a 20-member committee
Aug 5, 2015 12:57 am
Comments: 10 | Views: 1,645

The anticipated blistering pace of decision-making by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on the Comprehensive Plan update will be enabled by City Hall not giving... More
The Remedy to Inadequate Citizen Input? More of the same
Jul 31, 2015 2:48 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 2,124

City Hall is inviting citizen input on the section of the Comprehensive Plan up for review this month. The current attempt is the result of City Council's dissatisfaction... More
Choosing meetings on Emergency Preparedness over actual preparedness
May 26, 2015 2:03 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 2,197

I expect Palo Alto to continue to be needlessly under-prepared for disasters. Why? Because of consultants, people who love attending meetings, but especially the... More
"the Summit" (CompPlan): Forewarned is Forearmed
May 20, 2015 2:35 am
Comments: 25 | Views: 2,550

Life lesson: "Avoid meetings whose purpose is to have a meeting", and its related admonition ==I "Avoid meetings intended for those who enjoy attending... More
Unrepresentative Sample of the Community?
May 15, 2015 1:30 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 2,083

"Who are these people? I've never heard of them!" is a comment I often hear about various members of the citizen advisory panels, oversight committees, ? appointed... More
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