Local Blogs | Palo Alto Online |

Local Blogs

Interested in becoming a blogger?   Show all bloggers


Sort by:  Most recent blog/comment   Most viewed   Most comments

Navigation tip: Clicking on any blog label will display all recent posts on that blog

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Groundhog Day: Dis-embellishing a Multilevel Proxy

The Groundhog Day folklore provides a useful exercise in separating embellishments from the core of a story, for example...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 2, 2016
Last comment by Sunshine, on Feb 2, 2016 at 9:50 pm | 2 comments | 439 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

How history should be taught: Connections to the present

The admonition "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it" (many variations) is ignored in the traditional...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 16, 2016
Last comment by Noel82, on Jan 28, 2016 at 7:39 pm | 16 comments | 1328 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Housing Policy: It's community, not generational

Although the debate on housing policy has recently been stated in terms of affordability for Millennials, it is actually one of different cultures, and of questions...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 20, 2015
Last comment by Just Work Here, on Jan 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm | 24 comments | 1821 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Wisdom, Skills, Knowledge, Wits: Not the same

The 1999 paper Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 14, 2015
Last comment by History Buff, on Dec 27, 2015 at 10:30 am |
4 comments | 1381 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Development Cap: Size, what to count, and why

On Monday, Council will be discussing the update of Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan to provide guidance to the Citizens Advisory Committee (

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 1, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Dec 14, 2015 at 12:12 pm |
14 comments | 1957 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 Conflicts of Interet, on Oct 28, 2015 at 12:34 am | 15 comments | 2022 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Guy Fawkes: Historical vs Misappropriated

A Guy Fawkes mask figured prominently as a symbol in the recent...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 28, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Sep 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm |
4 comments | 1637 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Bad question, useless answers: Traffic policy GIGO

City Hall is currently requesting citizen input on fundamental policy related to traffic and transportation issues. The

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 17, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm |
13 comments | 1419 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

A profoundly un-influential speech, 40th anniversary

We are approaching the 40th Anniversary of a speech that should have had substantial impact on American politics, but didn't. It is interesting to re-read this...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 9, 2015
There are no comments yet. 1318 Views

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 3, 2015
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:18 pm | 18 comments | 1704 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2111 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 1363 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 1770 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2299 Views

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 | 2393 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...

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 | 2694 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 15, 2015
Last comment by Observer, on May 20, 2015 at 12:21 am | 9 comments | 2263 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2266 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 | 2560 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 Douglas Moran, on May 1, 2015 at 3:08 am | 4 comments | 4393 Views
1 2 3 4 > >>
Page 1 of 4

Ike's Place makes another go at Stanford; Palo Alto outpost stalls
By Elena Kadvany | 10 comments | 3,278 views

I had no Idea How to Deal with Anger and Conflict
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 902 views

Foods of Love
By Laura Stec | 1 comment | 900 views

My 34-hour birthday
By Sally Torbey | 7 comments | 528 views

Groundhog Day: Dis-embellishing a Multilevel Proxy
By Douglas Moran | 2 comments | 439 views