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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Choosing meetings on Emergency Preparedness over actual preparedness

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 26, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Jun 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm | 6 comments | 1274 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

"the Summit" (CompPlan): Forewarned is Forearmed

Life lesson: "Avoid meetings whose purpose is to have a meeting", and its related admonition ==I "Avoid meetings intended for those who enjoy attending...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 20, 2015
Last comment by Thanks for truthtelling, on May 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm | 25 comments | 1830 Views

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Unrepresentative Sample of the Community?

"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, Ö appointed...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 15, 2015
Last comment by Observer, on May 20, 2015 at 12:21 am | 9 comments | 1246 Views

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In search of better formulated questions on school policy: part 2

Much of the recent discussion of school policy has been a jumble of programs, problems and other details. This is to encourage people to take a step back and think...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 8, 2015
Last comment by village fool, on May 12, 2015 at 1:57 am | 6 comments | 1325 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

In search of better formulated questions on school policy: part 1

In the recent discussions of school policy, both online and in person, I have been repeatedly struck by how unproductive they have been. There are multiple causes,...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 3, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on May 8, 2015 at 1:56 pm | 22 comments | 1648 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 Douglas Moran, on May 1, 2015 at 3:08 am | 4 comments | 3120 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Frustrated with arguments on the parcel tax

I am hearing from various of the people I talk to that they are as frustrated as I am with the information being provided on the merits of the PAUSD parcel tax currently...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 17, 2015
Last comment by village fool, on May 1, 2015 at 1:53 am | 76 comments | 3558 Views

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El Camino/Page Mill intersection needs more pedestrians?

The intersection of El Camino and Page Mill is one of the most congested in the city, but no improvements are expected in the foreseeable future.(foot#1) Those familiar...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 8, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Apr 10, 2015 at 12:03 am | 13 comments | 2515 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

I blame soccer (teamwork)

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

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 28, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Apr 3, 2015 at 10:31 pm | 26 comments | 4200 Views

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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 Ken, on Apr 2, 2015 at 11:49 am | 9 comments | 1790 Views

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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 | 2285 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 | 2983 Views

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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 | 3255 Views

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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 | 2814 Views

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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 | 2595 Views

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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 | 3788 Views

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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 | 5031 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 | 2029 Views

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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 | 4009 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 | 4671 Views
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