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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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Listen for Yourself: An index into "A Conversation on the Future of the City"
Dec 13, 2013 3:29 pm
Comments: 5 | Views: 34,484

At the December 2nd City Council meeting, there was over 3.5 hours on zoning, planning, traffic, parking,... (f1) The general themes and specific items have presented... More
Yet another "Questionable" Staff Report/Survey
Dec 7, 2013 10:34 pm
Comments: 3 | Views: 31,828

At Monday's Council meeting (12/9), the City Manager will present an Informational Report on a... More
Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 3 of 3)
Dec 6, 2013 1:10 pm
Comments: 0 | Views: 6,160

This recognize some promising, albeit understated, reactions of several of the Commissioners to a bad Staff report. The previous parts of this series addressed persistent... More
Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 2 of 3)
Dec 4, 2013 1:13 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 6,017

Residents complain that they and their viewpoints were not treated fairly after far too many of the Council and Commission hearings that I have participated in over... More
Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 1 of 3)
Dec 3, 2013 2:56 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 31,030

"Watch what we do, not what we say" was famously said by John Mitchell, as then-President Nixon's Attorney General and political strategist. I was watching... More
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