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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Affordable Housing: Complexities

The discussions of affordable housing policy have been impeded by mythology, misconceptions, magical thinking, posturing, empty slogans, ambiguous terminology, and...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 21, 2017
Last comment by AB, on Feb 24, 2017 at 5:58 pm | 12 comments | 2131 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

The "You're despicable" style of politics

No I am not talking about the presidential campaign. Nor about Congress. Rather about local politics, as practiced by certain elected and appointed officials, and...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 22, 2016
Last comment by Ken Underwood, on Jan 9, 2017 at 3:48 pm | 42 comments | 12622 Views

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Negative/Attack Ad? Wrong Question

The definition of a negative or attack ad is ambiguous. To some, it is any ad that contains any negative information about a candidate. To others, the ad needs to...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 30, 2016
Last comment by Thanks, Doug, on Nov 9, 2016 at 5:26 am | 3 comments | 2994 Views

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Disputing a Council Endorsement on Attitude toward residents

I strongly disagree with one of the Weekly's endorsements...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 25, 2016
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Oct 31, 2016 at 1:03 pm |
24 comments | 7357 Views

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Council Candidate Forums

Three City Council candidate forums is a lot to plow through. These are what I regard as the most notable remarks and my significant impressions of the candidates....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 18, 2016
Last comment by Fred Balin, on Oct 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm | 7 comments | 7194 Views

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No on B, Faithlessness and Fecklessness

Measure B is the 30-year half-cent sales tax increase for VTA. The arguments for it focus on what is needed, what it could fund, and what has been ==B...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 8, 2016
Last comment by Andrew Boone, on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm | 28 comments | 4535 Views

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Candidate Kickoffs: Part 2

You can often tell who a candidate aligns with as soon as you arrive. Also the speeches--introductions and the candidate's speech--have very different styles....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 3, 2016
Last comment by Curious, on Oct 5, 2016 at 10:31 am | 6 comments | 6119 Views

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A manipulative candidate questionnaire

The severe limitations of multiple-choice exams are well known, and I expect that all of you have your own horror stories.(foot#1) Despite this, the local advocacy...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 8, 2016
Last comment by Pa Ford, on Sep 14, 2016 at 11:10 pm | 24 comments | 4773 Views

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Nonstarter killed after 2 decades

The Matadero Creek Bikeway proposal is an example of why it is so hard to get things done in Palo Alto. It was proposed in the early 1990s as part of the Comprehensive...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 28, 2016
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Sep 13, 2016 at 2:55 am | 21 comments | 9888 Views

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Candidate kickoffs: First weekend

There were five candidate kickoff events this weekend and I attended four--the one I missed was Greg Tanaka's because it conflicted with two of the others....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 30, 2016
Last comment by Former PA resident, on Sep 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm | 12 comments | 8419 Views

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Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters

Kickoff events for the campaigns for the candidates for Palo Alto City Council and the School Board begin next week and extend into mid-September. While there will...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 20, 2016
Last comment by How were they?, on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm | 5 comments | 3316 Views

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Community, Extended-stay Hotel or ...? Part 2

What goes into creating and maintaining a community is covered in the

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 9, 2016
Last comment by SEA_SEELAM REDDY, on Aug 12, 2016 at 9:17 pm |
5 comments | 1599 Views

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Community, Extended-stay Hotel or ...? Part 1

The character of a city is a complex interplay between the people, its facilities--public and private--and its institutions, and it evolves over time. People are...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 4, 2016
Last comment by I work in PA, on Aug 8, 2016 at 5:05 pm | 17 comments | 2168 Views

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Abusing the ADA & Compromising safety of others for the convenience of bicyclists

False claims about ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)? Unsupported claims about bicycle safety problems? Merely City Hall's rationales for a dubious project...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 11, 2016
Last comment by WhatsReality, on Jul 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm | 21 comments | 3023 Views

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Amnesia at City Hall

A repeated theme of this blog has been the persistent problems with public participation and input, from major policy decisions down to the practical details that...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 14, 2016
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jul 6, 2016 at 1:40 am | 4 comments | 3789 Views

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Rethinking High School Curriculum: Chemistry

Q: For cleaning and disinfecting, what are the differences between soap, household ammonia, alcohol and chlorine bleach? Explain in terms of how they work. I...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 22, 2016
Last comment by Isabella Cohen, on Jun 8, 2016 at 6:17 am | 11 comments | 3137 Views

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State Assembly Candidates: Links & Notes for the LWV Forum

A video of the Candidates Forum for State Assembly District 24 is online.(foot#1) The primary election is June 7. These notes are...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 13, 2016
Last comment by Robert Neff, on May 21, 2016 at 11:17 am | 6 comments | 3283 Views

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City Council & School Board: Leaders, Overseers, Technocrats or Advocates?

Candidates are starting to declare for the School Board and City Council. Although the public campaigning typically doesn't begin until September, between now...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 5, 2016
Last comment by Sea Reddy, on May 11, 2016 at 1:56 pm | 2 comments | 3036 Views

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Misuse of Mixed-use Development

Mixed-use development is an enticing concept. The notion is that by combining different categories--housing, office, retail--you can make better use...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 23, 2016
Last comment by Rashad, on Apr 27, 2016 at 6:55 pm | 29 comments | 3657 Views

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Anniversary of an unlearned lesson: The Irish Easter Rising and current politics

Easter week 1916 was the beginning of the end of the British Empire. The event was the Easter Rising in Ireland. In...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 2, 2016
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Apr 11, 2016 at 7:49 pm | 3 comments | 3094 Views
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Opening alert: Go Fish Poke Bar in Redwood City
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 25,174 views

It's President's Day. Why Not Butter Up the Boss?
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 11,552 views

Affordable Housing: Complexities
By Douglas Moran | 12 comments | 2,131 views

Common Application's 2017-2018 Essay Prompts
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 1,848 views

Checklist before baby arrives
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 929 views

 

Short story writers wanted!

The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 13, 2017. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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