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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Election recounts an illusion?

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 2, 2014
Last comment by Sea SEELAM REDDy, on Dec 6, 2014 at 3:33 am | 12 comments | 2256 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Campaign Endorsements: Behind the Curtain

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 22, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 24, 2014 at 11:12 pm | 10 comments | 1373 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Follow the money: Coverage for the next campaign

This is the first of a potential series of discussions about what news coverage residents would find useful about future local elections. Now is the time to have...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 9, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm | 17 comments | 3279 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

A reprehensible political ad

This is not so much about a particular set of lies at the core of one political ad, but more about Palo Alto's political environment. When very prominent people...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 2, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm | 32 comments | 3289 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Subverting open, fair and honest debate (Measure D)

Perhaps the most instructive piece about the current election can be found in a one-paragraph aside in the

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 26, 2014
Last comment by Who's Who of development, on Nov 2, 2014 at 11:28 am |
8 comments | 1162 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Why not "constructive engagement" with City Hall?

It has been suggested to me by community members that I make these blog posts more positive, less critical. And that I should engage in ==I "

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 23, 2014
Last comment by Jon Botelho , on Oct 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm |
7 comments | 1454 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Politics: Empty appeals to "innovation"

The word "innovation" is widely bounced around in this campaign, both for Council and the School Board. Anyone actually involved in innovation knows that most...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 19, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm | 13 comments | 1974 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

In Defense of "Incivility"

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. — Yogi Berra Civility is one of those things that in theory you...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 14, 2014
Last comment by Jerry Underdal, on Oct 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm | 19 comments | 2495 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Campaign Lawn Signs: What you can learn from them

To people who haven't worked in a political campaign, lawn signs may seem to be little more than visual clutter. But once you know what to look for, they can tell...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 30, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 15, 2014 at 7:34 am | 5 comments | 876 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

City Council Candidate Forums: Not worth watching

People interested in learning about the City Council candidates have asked me if watching re-broadcasts or...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 7, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm |
5 comments | 1763 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

LWV City Council Candidate Forum: Interesting Points

These are my observations about some of what I found interesting at the City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Tuesday September...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 1, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm | 3 comments | 2333 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Reducing Council Size? Against

This is my second time through this issue, the first being in 2005.(foot#1) I am opposing reducing Council size because its advocates have failed to make even a...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 25, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Oct 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm | 15 comments | 1669 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Early Campaign Notes: City Council

I attended all the announced kick-off events for City Council...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 18, 2014
Last comment by Marie, on Sep 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
19 comments | 3192 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

"Flawed" process is normal

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 5, 2014
Last comment by Wondering?, on Sep 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm | 12 comments | 4341 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 22, 2014
Last comment by John Fredrich, on Aug 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm | 7 comments | 4405 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Candidate Slates for City Council: Time to reconsider?

Slates of candidates for City Council could address two major problems with Council elections: It could allow a broader range of candidates to compete, and it would...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 18, 2014
Last comment by Sea-Seelam Reddy, on Aug 21, 2014 at 4:20 am | 3 comments | 1591 Views

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How Bad Policy Happens

Failure to lay proper groundwork for deliberations is a common cause of bad decisions. Sometimes this failure is simply ineptness, and sometimes it is a deliberate...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 25, 2014
Last comment by Joe, on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm | 22 comments | 3669 Views

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Public Transit Follies

Two false assumptions about public transit underlie "Smart Growth" as it is practiced here. The first is that trips other than commutes can be (largely)...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 1, 2014
Last comment by Greenacres, on Jul 20, 2014 at 11:27 am | 26 comments | 3308 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Shills and Charlatans of "Smart Growth"

"For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." (foot#1) Any decent manager approaching a new project asks about the lessons-learned...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 16, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jul 3, 2014 at 4:12 pm | 36 comments | 18711 Views

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Should Palo Alto really aspire to be more like a Chinese factory city?

The concept of "community" is much diminished in "Smart Growth". The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) process in the 1990s was conducted...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 22, 2014
Last comment by cw, on Jul 1, 2014 at 2:13 am | 13 comments | 7940 Views
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