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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Will subsidies for developers trickle down to provide more affordable housing for high-income people? [email protected] Council

At this Monday's City Council meeting, the current pro-developer majority is expected to give a big early-Christmas gift to developers and large property owners....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 2, 2018
Last comment by Kevin, on Jan 27, 2019 at 1:34 pm | 18 comments | 7518 Views

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Brown Act Inhibits Open Government

**Update: Better title: "Brown Act being Misused to Inhibit Open Government" ** Open Government has two basic parts: Preventing the public from...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 3, 2015
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Sep 8, 2015 at 8:18 pm | 18 comments | 9146 Views

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The Right to Listen: Free Speech #2

Speech is different from talking. It necessarily involves the communication of thoughts from a speaker to an audience (^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 14, 2018
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jul 9, 2018 at 2:09 pm |
17 comments | 16049 Views

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Community, Extended-stay Hotel or ...? Part 1

The character of a city is a complex interplay between the people, its facilities--public and private--and its institutions, and it evolves over time. People are...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 4, 2016
Last comment by I work in PA, on Aug 8, 2016 at 5:05 pm | 17 comments | 8153 Views

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Follow the money: Coverage for the next campaign

This is the first of a potential series of discussions about what news coverage residents would find useful about future local elections. Now is the time to have...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 9, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm | 17 comments | 11246 Views

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Neighborhood Associations: Why they are still important

The recent news coverage of the difficulties facing one of Palo Alto's premier neighborhood association (College Terrace) brought forth comments that such associations...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 10, 2015
Last comment by pat, on Mar 16, 2015 at 8:58 pm | 17 comments | 24912 Views

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The Remedy to Inadequate Citizen Input? More of the same

City Hall is inviting citizen input on the section of the Comprehensive Plan up for review this month. The current attempt is the result of City Council's dissatisfaction...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 31, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Aug 7, 2015 at 1:08 pm | 17 comments | 8523 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Retail - basics of public policy

"Retail loves retail" is the basic maxim you will hear in a discussion of planning for retail districts. It is analogous to critical mass for...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 25, 2016
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Mar 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm | 16 comments | 8134 Views

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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 | 7436 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Driverless self-driving car testbed issues

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 29, 2017
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Apr 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm | 16 comments | 14652 Views

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Populism: A response to the failure of the elites: Palo Alto edition

==I "Especially in this day and age, populism is something to be resisted. That we don't want to be populists. That we basically want to do things with good...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 23, 2018
Last comment by StarSpring, on Sep 29, 2018 at 10:38 am | 16 comments | 7789 Views

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How history should be taught: Connections to the present

The admonition "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it" (many variations) is ignored in the traditional teaching...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 16, 2016
Last comment by Noel82, on Jan 28, 2016 at 7:39 pm | 16 comments | 17509 Views

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Underappreciated Unknowns & inexplicable failures

Public complacency about COVID-19 is being promoted by the authorities' message of "Everything is (currently) under control" where the "currently"...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 28, 2020
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Mar 6, 2020 at 5:14 pm | 15 comments | 13968 Views

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Preparing for COVID-19: An epidemic is not a hurricane. Panic buying harmful

Emergency preparedness advice in the US is strongly oriented toward hurricanes. No surprise, because hurricanes are the most common major disaster in terms of people...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 3, 2020
Last comment by ‘nobody told me that, nobody knows that’, on Mar 11, 2020 at 6:39 am | 15 comments | 6698 Views

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Replacing the defunct Planning and Transportation Commission: Part 1: Cronyism and Corruption

In a move that was long in coming, but that still managed to surprise, the members of the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) abandoned the pretense and...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 18, 2015
Last comment by Conflicts of Interet, on Oct 28, 2015 at 12:34 am | 15 comments | 8058 Views

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Reducing Council Size? Against

This is my second time through this issue, the first being in 2005.(foot#1) I am opposing reducing Council size because its advocates have failed to make even a...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 25, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Oct 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm | 15 comments | 9081 Views

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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 | 3940 Views

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Flint Michigan disaster: Unusual only in its severity

Teaser: The Flint Michigan disaster involves most notably lead poisoning, which causes serious permanent health damages, especially to children. The immediate...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 14, 2016
Last comment by Marie, on Feb 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm | 14 comments | 8498 Views

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Affordable Housing: Complexities

The discussions of affordable housing policy have been impeded by mythology, misconceptions, magical thinking, posturing, empty slogans, ambiguous terminology, and...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Feb. 21, 2017
Last comment by JJ, on Feb 28, 2017 at 5:00 am | 14 comments | 15829 Views

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Development Cap: Size, what to count, and why

On Monday, Council will be discussing the update of Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan to provide guidance to the Citizens Advisory Committee (

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 1, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Dec 14, 2015 at 12:12 pm |
14 comments | 7384 Views
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