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How Bad Policy Happens

Failure to lay proper groundwork for deliberations is a common cause of bad decisions. Sometimes this failure is simply ineptness, and sometimes it is a deliberate...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 25, 2014
Last comment by Joe, on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm | 22 comments | 12529 Views


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 | 6910 Views


Primary for local Congressional seat might not be uninteresting + Uncomfortable with Weekly's endorsement

Anna Eshoo has been the Congresswoman for this area since 1993 and has won primary and general elections by margins in the range of 20-40% of the vote. In 2020,...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 28, 2022
Last comment by Tyler Prescott, on Jul 19, 2022 at 1:53 pm | 22 comments | 3017 Views


In search of better formulated questions on school policy: part 1

In the recent discussions of school policy, both online and in person, I have been repeatedly struck by how unproductive they have been. There are multiple causes,...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 3, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on May 8, 2015 at 1:56 pm | 22 comments | 8480 Views


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 that...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 11, 2016
Last comment by WhatsReality, on Jul 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm | 21 comments | 9093 Views


Moral Panic, again on guns

A moral panic involves masses of people becoming irrational about a problem, both over-estimating how widespread and serious it is and demanding immediate action...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 22, 2019
Last comment by Frohickey, on Sep 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm | 21 comments | 7801 Views


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 | 6120 Views


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 | 15117 Views


Public Art Policy

There has long been widespread public dissatisfaction with what has been chosen as public art and the process behind those choices. This is good time to visit City...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 7, 2015
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Feb 16, 2015 at 12:23 pm | 20 comments | 13742 Views


Use-Mention distinction fading; Idiocracy ascendant

Failures to make this distinction can have substantial real-world consequences, damaging reputations and lives. Yet in even the simplest cases of this aspect of...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 21, 2018
Last comment by the_punnisher, on Jul 27, 2018 at 12:18 am | 20 comments | 7100 Views


Remember the failures for when it's time for fixes: COVID-19

I likely have COVID-19, but mine is so mild that I wouldn't have noticed if I were keeping a normal sleep schedule. But like so, so many others, I will never show...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 27, 2020
Last comment by home front for Corona, on Apr 3, 2020 at 11:11 am | 20 comments | 6319 Views


SB35: Taking power from the people

Who would ever think that the way to increase affordable housing would be to make it more expensive? That what the backers of California Senate Bill 35 (SB35) would...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 31, 2017
Last comment by Michael Goldman, on Nov 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm | 20 comments | 9871 Views


Humpty Dumpty's Theory of Meaning + 1984 + Overton Window

Respect for language is essential for a meaningful, productive discussion. Developing a sensitivity to misuse and manipulation of language is a foundation of critical...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 17, 2018
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Mar 21, 2018 at 3:21 pm | 20 comments | 16309 Views


Fight racism: Oppose districts for PAUSD

A threatened lawsuit is seeking to enshrine racist attitudes on our School Board elections, and potentially on the policies of the PAUSD. (==I "^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 5, 2018
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Oct 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm |
20 comments | 5389 Views


In Defense of "Incivility"

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. ? Yogi Berra Civility is one of those things that in theory you...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 14, 2014
Last comment by Jerry Underdal, on Oct 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm | 19 comments | 13589 Views


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 | 8690 Views


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 | 6189 Views


Die, Pedestrians, Die: The City's implicit response to major long-term safety problems

City Staff claims that pedestrian needs are an important part of bicycle projects (see

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 18, 2014
Last comment by Right on, Doug, on Mar 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm |
19 comments | 9705 Views


Early Campaign Notes: City Council

I attended all the announced kick-off events for City Council...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 18, 2014
Last comment by Marie, on Sep 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm |
19 comments | 10877 Views


Is Palo Alto prepared for a Coronavirus outbreak?

No. I can confidently say this based upon earlier outbreaks -- they have repeatedly demonstrated that various failures by decision-makers and others are part of...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 30, 2020
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Feb 14, 2020 at 7:33 pm | 19 comments | 7689 Views
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