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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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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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Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters
Aug 22, 2014 5:01 am
Comments: 7 | Views: 10,779

Kick-off events for the campaigns for the candidates for Palo Alto City Council and the School Board begin this Saturday and extend into mid-September. While there... More
Driverless self-driving car testbed issues
Mar 29, 2017 12:30 am
Comments: 16 | Views: 10,040

In 1993 there were widespread reports of traffic inexplicably coming to a crawl where there previously had not even been hints of problems. An investigation found... More
The Law of Supply and XXXXXX
Jun 10, 2014 12:57 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 9,733

Palo Alto's development policy is littered with bad economic analysis. The most patently absurd one is that the way to reduce the infamous Jobs-Housing Imbalance... More
Candidate kickoffs: First weekend
Aug 30, 2016 1:30 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 9,411

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. The events... More
Librarians Against Books: Subverting the will of the electorate
Oct 7, 2013 11:43 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 9,122

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This is not a discussion of library policy, but rather using the Main Library renovation... More
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