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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 Awright Awready, 2 hours ago | 39 comments | 5547 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 4077 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 9426 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 | 7763 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2716 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 1066 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 1566 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2279 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 | 3287 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2509 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2622 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2200 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 3095 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 | 2054 Views

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Retail - basics of public policy

"Retail loves retail" is the basic maxim you will hear in a discussion of planning for retail districts. It is analogous to ==I critical...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 25, 2016
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Mar 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm | 16 comments | 2019 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Another Copenhagen Syndrome

Visionaries and dreamers can be major impediments to accomplishing anything useful. They clutter the public discourse and decision-making with ideas that are non-starters...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 5, 2016
Last comment by History Buff, on Mar 23, 2016 at 10:27 am | 19 comments | 2433 Views

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Public Discourse: Inverted Totalitarianism, Threshold Models and Cell Phones

Online discussions are an important part of public discourse even for people who don't participate directly. Much of what they hear from others may have come...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 21, 2016
Last comment by sunshine, on Feb 27, 2016 at 8:27 am | 24 comments | 1587 Views

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Pet Hair for the Birds (Nests)

The increased chirping of birds signals that nest-building is close at hand. Birds can have problems finding suitable materials in a too-manicured suburban environment....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 16, 2016
Last comment by Flying Fur, on Feb 22, 2016 at 11:53 pm | 1 comment | 3226 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Flint Michigan disaster: Unusual only in its severity

Teaser: The Flint Michigan disaster involves most notably lead poisoning, which causes serious permanent health damages, especially to children. The immediate...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 14, 2016
Last comment by Marie, on Feb 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm | 14 comments | 2265 Views

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 | 1297 Views
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