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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

I blame soccer (teamwork)

A society's values can be seen in the games its children play (adults to a lesser extent). Games embody values—what skills and knowledge are important—and make learning...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 28, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, 3 hours ago | 18 comments | 2687 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Mismanagement of Consultants

City Hall's use of consultants receives lots of deserved criticism, but that criticism is typically so generic and unfocused that it fails to provide any basis for...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 21, 2015
Last comment by BB, on Mar 24, 2015 at 11:07 am | 7 comments | 1210 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Disengaged "Engagement"

This proposal was written by a bureaucrat who opposes it. That was my reaction to a proposal for...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 14, 2015
Last comment by Counterclockwise, on Mar 21, 2015 at 7:37 pm |
11 comments | 1748 Views

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Neighborhood Associations: Why they are still important

The recent news coverage of the difficulties facing one of Palo Alto's premier neighborhood association (College Terrace) brought forth comments that such associations...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 10, 2015
Last comment by pat, on Mar 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm | 17 comments | 2002 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Public Art Policy

There has long been widespread public dissatisfaction with what has been chosen as public art and the process behind those choices. This is good time to visit City...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 7, 2015
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Feb 16, 2015 at 12:23 pm | 20 comments | 2588 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Council Priorities 2015: Honesty, Focus, and Listening about Listening

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,...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 23, 2015
Last comment by Ronna, on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm | 11 comments | 2320 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Why is Palo Alto politics so stubbornly pre-Internet? Part 2

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 18, 2015
Last comment by Neilson Buchanan, on Jan 21, 2015 at 11:32 am | 3 comments | 2070 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Why is Palo Alto politics so stubbornly pre-Internet?

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....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 7, 2015
Last comment by Suggestion, on Jan 17, 2015 at 10:16 am | 7 comments | 3261 Views

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 | 3743 Views

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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 | 1778 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 | 3753 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 | 4168 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 | 1720 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 | 1745 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 | 2238 Views

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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 | 3199 Views

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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 | 1188 Views

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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 | 2173 Views

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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 | 2681 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 | 2175 Views
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Freebirds Palo Alto shutters, Pieology to move in
By Elena Kadvany | 14 comments | 3,516 views

I blame soccer (teamwork)
By Douglas Moran | 18 comments | 2,687 views

A Glimpse into local HS Suicide
By Chandrama Anderson | 13 comments | 2,628 views

Deny the 429 Univ Ave Project Appeal
By Steve Levy | 11 comments | 1,617 views

Iíll have the Kraft Mac n Cheese w/Ketchup, Please
By Max Greenberg | 0 comments | 892 views