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A Pragmatist's Take

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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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"Flawed" process is normal
Sep 5, 2014 3:30 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 9,564

It is misleading for City Hall to label as "flawed" its action on the 27 University Avenue project (Arrillaga towers) and the attempted sale of 7.7 acres of... More
Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters
Aug 22, 2014 5:01 am
Comments: 7 | Views: 9,413

Kick-off events for the campaigns for the candidates for Palo Alto City Council and the School Board begin this Saturday and extend into mid-September. While there... More
El Camino Sidewalk Width and the "Grand Boulevard" Delusion
Mar 29, 2014 12:18 am
Comments: 11 | Views: 9,217

The City is once again talking about wanting to make El Camino more "pedestrian-friendly" (foot#1) and once again refusing to consider what the actual problems... More
Nonstarter killed after 2 decades
Jun 28, 2016 1:06 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 9,091

The Matadero Creek Bikeway proposal is an example of why it is so hard to get things done in Palo Alto. It was proposed in the early 1990s as part of the Comprehensive... More
Librarians Against Books: Subverting the will of the electorate
Oct 7, 2013 11:43 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 7,648

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This is not a discussion of library policy, but rather using the Main Library renovation... More
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