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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Recall Election Reform: Forgetting that the talking points were only that

Campaign talking points that make no sense can take on a life of their own simply through repetition. Competent politicians interested in good government would know...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 16, 2021
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Sep 26, 2021 at 2:52 pm | 16 comments | 4855 Views

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Foothills Park Referendum: Considerations

My three previous blogs critiqued the lawsuit seeking to overturn the residents-only access policy for Foothills Park.(foot#1) Here I will explain various aspects...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 9, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jan 12, 2021 at 12:49 am | 7 comments | 6157 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Plethora of propaganda provides media literacy lessons

"If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed; if you do, you are misinformed." (^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 12, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 27, 2020 at 1:11 am |
10 comments | 2352 Views

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Lie down, Roll Over, Play Dead: City Attorney and Manager to Council - Unasked/Unanswered Questions

Tonight, City Council is being asked to settle a lawsuit on Foothills Park for which there are too many major unanswered questions for them to make such a decision....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 2, 2020
Last comment by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, on Nov 4, 2020 at 10:32 am | 9 comments | 3476 Views

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Democracy loses again at City Hall: "Pig in a poke" lawsuit settlement

City Hall is again subverting the democratic process by settling a lawsuit filed by two Palo Alto residents and 8 others who are incensed that City Council did not...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 27, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Oct 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm | 6 comments | 3564 Views

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Foothills Park Pseudo-Lawsuit: Is the City going to cave-in & defame its residents as "racists"?

At the September 28 City Council meeting, there was a closed session to discuss a lawsuit against the City seeking to open Foothills Nature Preserve (previously...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 12, 2020
Last comment by rita vrhel, on Oct 15, 2020 at 2:56 pm | 9 comments | 6349 Views

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Palo Alto's Woke proto-Authoritarians

"You don't put civil rights to a vote." That was Mayor Adrian Fine after his position on access to Foothills Park was defeated. I was surprised not...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 18, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Oct 12, 2020 at 8:34 pm | 10 comments | 4497 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Tanaka resurfaces false 2016 accusation against Burt: PA City Council election

Toward the end of the City Council Candidate Forum hosted by Palo Alto Neighborhoods, candidates were asked to direct a question to another candidate. Greg Tanaka's...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 5, 2020
Last comment by mjc, on Oct 8, 2020 at 10:11 pm | 6 comments | 3116 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

The most important question, and biggest lie, of the Presidential Debate & relevance to Palo Alto

Moderator Chris Wallace was responsible for the biggest lie in the portions of the Presidential Debate that I could listen to. He asked of Trump ==I "This month,...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 1, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Oct 1, 2020 at 2:33 pm | 5 comments | 5856 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Examining Candidates' Donations: Palo Alto City Council

Scanning who is contributing to which candidates can provide insight into what each candidate has done, what can be expected of them, and how they are regarded....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 29, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Sep 30, 2020 at 5:48 pm | 8 comments | 2795 Views

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Vote-by-Mail concerns: Integrity, Accuracy, Credibility

The article here "Mail-in voting has no partisan...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 8, 2020
Last comment by Sunshine, on Sep 14, 2020 at 1:37 pm |
9 comments | 4045 Views

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Foothills Park: City does NOT want to hear from most of you

Palo Alto's Parks & Recreation Commission (PRC) has scheduled a special meeting to have a two-hour panel discussion on "Foothills Park Access",...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 27, 2020
Last comment by Justin McKensie, on Jul 29, 2020 at 9:17 am | 19 comments | 5350 Views

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Foothills Park controversy back to Council yet-again on Tuesday: Why, oh, why?

((Update 2020-06-23: This has been removed from the current agenda on a motion by Councilmember Lydia Kou supported by Vice Mayor Tom DuBois (

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 21, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Jul 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm |
24 comments | 5779 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Never let a crisis go to waste: Overloading the City Council agenda

"Never let a crisis go to waste" is one of those sayings that has conflicting interpretations. One is to force a focus on what needs to be done,...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 14, 2020
Last comment by mjc, on Jun 19, 2020 at 2:15 pm | 21 comments | 5353 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Obsolete Guesstimates Keeping Businesses Closed

If you had a mathematic model that produced the same result despite substantial changes in crucial parameters, would you use it in important policy decisions? Apparently...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 28, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jun 1, 2020 at 9:15 pm | 15 comments | 3202 Views

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Spotting non-false fabrications in the news: Coronavirus-Origins as example

How to assess the credibility of a "news" story? After dismissing those whose vocabulary and structure clearly mark them as advocacy -- selling a particular...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 5, 2020
Last comment by uk guy, on May 25, 2020 at 11:44 pm | 14 comments | 6783 Views

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Confusing a means-to-an-end with being the goal -- Shelter-in-Place

A common problem in carrying out plans is to become so focused on your part of the plan that you think of it as a goal. As a goal, it is immutable, whereas you should...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 23, 2020
Last comment by Resident, on May 23, 2020 at 12:27 pm | 38 comments | 5596 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Restarting an economy: points to ponder from history

When and how fast to reopen the economy is a controversial issue. Reopening will become increasingly difficult with time because there are more opportunities for...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 14, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on May 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm | 6 comments | 2652 Views

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Open Letter to SCC Public Health on excessive restrictions, esp Nurseries

I was shocked to see (garden) nurseries become delivery-only businesses in recent update of the Shelter-In-Place (SIP) Order (^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 18, 2020
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Apr 26, 2020 at 1:11 am |
52 comments | 9340 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

America held hostage ... by Congressional Democrats (COVID-19)

If you can't accept that criticism of one political party isn't necessarily advocacy for another, this blog is not for you. Unemployment claims this week were...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 9, 2020
Last comment by Hindsight 20/20, on Apr 15, 2020 at 12:17 am | 22 comments | 5757 Views
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