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A Pragmatist's Take

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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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State Legislature on Housing: Getting the Demos out of Democracy & with it, Accountability
Mar 15, 2019 9:42 pm
Comments: 7 | Views: 1,676

The State Legislature is in the middle of its annual exercise of stripping political power from the citizenry (Demos in Greek = people) and putting it in the hands... More
Downtown Commercial Cap: Once more into the breach
Feb 10, 2019 5:12 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 1,939

Remember when City Council was opposing the conversion of the President Hotel building from affordable housing to a hotel? Seems like just yesterday, but it was... More
How to Train your City Manager?
Jan 29, 2019 11:55 pm
Comments: 5 | Views: 1,898

Like a dragon, the City Manager is very powerful and sits atop substantial assets, both capital and monetary. As seen in the movie, training a dragon is not about... More
Promising news on credentialism: Palo Alto failed basic test for malignant bureaucracy
Jan 4, 2019 12:05 am
Comments: 1 | Views: 2,393

I have railed against the pursuit of meaningless awards, credentials and other distinctions by City Hall and various advocates -- they serve only to inflate the... More
A bad beginning makes a bad ending: City Council
Dec 8, 2018 11:47 pm
Comments: 8 | Views: 2,382

The current City Council is ending as it began 2 years ago, with the pro-development majority abusing its power. Back then those Council members would introduce... More
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