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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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A profoundly un-influential speech, 40th anniversary
Sep 9, 2015 12:08 am
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We are approaching the 40th Anniversary of a speech that should have had substantial impact on American politics, but didn't. It is interesting to re-read this speech... More
Brown Act Inhibits Open Government
Sep 3, 2015 12:32 am
Comments: 18 | Views: 1,955

**Update: Better title: "Brown Act being Misused to Inhibit Open Government" **
Open Government has two basic parts: Preventing the public from... More
Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan: Big Questions
Aug 27, 2015 2:40 pm
Comments: 14 | Views: 2,363

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will be discussing the draft of the Transportation Element at their September 8th meeting and part of their October 20th meeting.... More
Recreating the Planning and Transportation Commission: Part 2: Credibility and Confidence
Aug 23, 2015 9:56 pm
Comments: 7 | Views: 1,531

The credibility of the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) involves its relationship to three groups: (1) the City Council which appoints it and to which... More
Replacing the defunct Planning and Transportation Commission: Part 1: Cronyism and Corruption
Aug 18, 2015 1:09 am
Comments: 15 | Views: 2,211

In a move that was long in coming, but that still managed to surprise, the members of the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) abandoned the pretense and... More
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