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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

A Self-inflicted Hardship: The City caves in yet again (Alma Village sign)

The City Council's approval of an over-sized sign for the grocery store at Alma Village--formerly Alma Plaza--is but the latest sordid chapter in the Council's mismanagement...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 18, 2013
Last comment by Marroll, on Jan 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm | 14 comments | 10350 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 7978 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan: Big Questions

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will be discussing the draft of the Transportation Element at their September 8th meeting and part of their October 20th meeting....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 27, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Sep 3, 2015 at 12:26 am | 14 comments | 8420 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Politics: Empty appeals to "innovation"

The word "innovation" is widely bounced around in this campaign, both for Council and the School Board. Anyone actually involved in innovation knows that most...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 19, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm | 13 comments | 9024 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Groundwater Pumping Background

Groundwater pumping (dewatering) regulations are on the City Council agenda for a special meeting on Tuesday March 7 beginning at 6pm. There are two parts: incremental...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 1, 2017
Last comment by Ken Scholz, on Mar 6, 2017 at 8:35 am | 13 comments | 9496 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

The Law of Supply and XXXXXX

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 10, 2014
Last comment by resident a, on Jun 24, 2014 at 5:35 pm | 13 comments | 15176 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

El Camino/Page Mill intersection needs more pedestrians?

The intersection of El Camino and Page Mill is one of the most congested in the city, but no improvements are expected in the foreseeable future.(foot#1) Those familiar...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 8, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Apr 10, 2015 at 12:03 am | 13 comments | 10345 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Should Palo Alto really aspire to be more like a Chinese factory city?

The concept of "community" is much diminished in "Smart Growth". The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) process in the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 22, 2014
Last comment by cw, on Jul 1, 2014 at 2:13 am | 13 comments | 16525 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Bad question, useless answers: Traffic policy GIGO

City Hall is currently requesting citizen input on fundamental policy related to traffic and transportation issues. The

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 17, 2015
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Sep 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm |
13 comments | 7634 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Candidate kickoffs: First weekend

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 30, 2016
Last comment by Former PA resident, on Sep 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm | 12 comments | 13659 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Election recounts an illusion?

If you have a process for recounting the votes in an election, but the costs are so astronomical that it is implausible that it could be utilized, can you really...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 2, 2014
Last comment by Sea SEELAM REDDy, on Dec 6, 2014 at 3:33 am | 12 comments | 13978 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

"Flawed" process is normal

It is misleading for City Hall to label as "flawed" its action on the 27 University Avenue project (Arrillaga towers) and the attempted sale of 7.7...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 5, 2014
Last comment by Wondering?, on Sep 8, 2014 at 12:36 pm | 12 comments | 15201 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Measure D (Maybell Rezoning): Cutting through the noise

This is not yet-another posting about how you should vote on Measure D. Instead, I will try to help undecided voters better understand the arguments being...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 11, 2013
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Oct 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm | 12 comments | 12201 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Computer Science in PAUSD

As a former teacher of Computer Science, I am concerned about the developing curriculum for PAUSD. This was triggered by a quote from the co-chair of the committee...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 13, 2017
Last comment by Former PA resident, on Jul 15, 2017 at 11:00 am | 11 comments | 12501 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Disengaged "Engagement"

This proposal was written by a bureaucrat who opposes it. That was my reaction to a proposal for...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 14, 2015
Last comment by Counterclockwise, on Mar 21, 2015 at 7:37 pm |
11 comments | 8485 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Rethinking High School Curriculum: Chemistry

Q: For cleaning and disinfecting, what are the differences between soap, household ammonia, alcohol and chlorine bleach? Explain in terms of how they work. I...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 22, 2016
Last comment by Isabella Cohen, on Jun 8, 2016 at 6:17 am | 11 comments | 16536 Views

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El Camino Sidewalk Width and the "Grand Boulevard" Delusion

The City is once again talking about wanting to make El Camino more "pedestrian-friendly" (foot#1) and once again refusing to consider what the actual problems...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 29, 2014
Last comment by need for change, on Apr 4, 2014 at 6:45 pm | 11 comments | 15470 Views

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Development policy: "The Market" and regulation

Neo-liberal, Libertarian, Ayn Rand-ian, Progressive. Mr. X seemed to shift seamlessly and sincerely between these...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 20, 2017
Last comment by margaret heath, on Jul 7, 2017 at 1:46 pm | 11 comments | 7627 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Council Priorities 2015: Honesty, Focus, and Listening about Listening

At the annual retreat to set the top-3 priorities for City Hall, I suggest that Council create two separate sets of priorities, one for Staff and one for themselves,...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jan. 23, 2015
Last comment by Ronna, on Jan 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm | 11 comments | 9180 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Visioning or Potemkin Villages?

The city government of Palo Alto has announced that it will be sponsoring a series of meetings about the future of Palo Alto and wants ordinary residents to participate...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 8, 2014
Last comment by david schrom, on Jun 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm | 10 comments | 12408 Views
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