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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Computer Science in PAUSD

As a former teacher of Computer Science, I am concerned about the developing curriculum for PAUSD. This was triggered by a quote from the co-chair of the committee...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 13, 2017
Last comment by Allia, on Mar 24, 2017 at 7:14 am | 6 comments | 1587 Views

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RPP + ADUs: Winners and losers

One of the classic mistakes in politics is to become overly focused on the details of official actions at the expense of asking whether those actions support the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 4, 2017
Last comment by Gale Johnson, on Mar 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm | 7 comments | 1262 Views

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Groundwater Pumping Background

Groundwater pumping (dewatering) regulations are on the City Council agenda for a special meeting on Tuesday March 7 beginning at 6pm. There are two parts: incremental...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 1, 2017
Last comment by Ken Scholz, on Mar 6, 2017 at 8:35 am | 13 comments | 2412 Views

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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 JJ, on Feb 28, 2017 at 5:00 am | 14 comments | 6778 Views

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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 | 13026 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 | 3197 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 | 7494 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 | 7347 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 | 4688 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 | 6240 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 | 4922 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 | 10019 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 | 8565 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 | 3468 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 | 1733 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 | 2327 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 | 3265 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 | 3912 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 | 3305 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 | 3417 Views
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Vina Enoteca to serve first 'Impossible burger' in Silicon Valley
By Elena Kadvany | 21 comments | 6,477 views

Coupon for Yourself and Your Partner
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,531 views

Housing Impact Fees and the Economy
By Steve Levy | 0 comments | 628 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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