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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Brown Act Inhibits Open Government

**Update: Better title: "Brown Act being Misused to Inhibit Open Government" ** Open Government has two basic parts: Preventing the public from...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 3, 2015
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, 14 hours ago | 12 comments | 497 Views

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Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan: Big Questions

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....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 27, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Sep 3, 2015 at 12:26 am | 14 comments | 1364 Views

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Recreating the Planning and Transportation Commission: Part 2: Credibility and Confidence

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 23, 2015
Last comment by Richard Alexander, on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:40 am | 7 comments | 847 Views

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Replacing the defunct Planning and Transportation Commission: Part 1: Cronyism and Corruption

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 18, 2015
Last comment by the_punnisher, on Aug 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm | 14 comments | 1275 Views

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143 important decisions in 150 minutes by a 20-member committee

The anticipated blistering pace of decision-making by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on the Comprehensive Plan update will be enabled by City Hall not giving...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 5, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Aug 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm | 10 comments | 1121 Views

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The Remedy to Inadequate Citizen Input? More of the same

City Hall is inviting citizen input on the section of the Comprehensive Plan up for review this month. The current attempt is the result of City Council's dissatisfaction...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 31, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Aug 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm | 17 comments | 1529 Views

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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 | 1737 Views

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"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 | 2181 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, 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 | 1643 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 | 1666 Views

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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 | 1973 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 | 3503 Views

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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 | 4160 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 | 3223 Views

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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 | 4847 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 | 2277 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 | 2608 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 | 3709 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 | 4161 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 | 3147 Views
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