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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Frustrated with arguments on the parcel tax

I am hearing from various of the people I talk to that they are as frustrated as I am with the information being provided on the merits of the PAUSD parcel tax currently...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 17, 2015
Last comment by village fool, on May 1, 2015 at 1:53 am | 76 comments | 13539 Views

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Considerations on City Council Candidates

Complaints about difficulties differentiating this group of candidates have become common. Blogger Diana Diamond discussed this in her September 15 ^

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 11, 2022
Last comment by Norman Beamer, on Nov 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm |
61 comments | 4122 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 | 10716 Views

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The Palo Alto Bicycle Lobby: Impeding more and safer bicycling?

I did a lot of around-town bicycling from the late 1980s through the early 2000s (foot#4) and became involved in the City's bike planning. I found myself often in...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 16, 2014
Last comment by pat, on Mar 31, 2014 at 11:47 pm | 52 comments | 44920 Views

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A sanctimonious, hypocritical (national) media

"Are you willing to pay for quality journalism?" is a promo I routinely receive. And my rhetorical response is ==I "Does that mean you have...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 17, 2018
Last comment by Harry Merkin, on Aug 28, 2018 at 10:49 pm | 50 comments | 11543 Views

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Why contentious local politics? More examples from ADU at Council

Observations from the Council discussion on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Unit aka granny units). ----Advertising contempt for those that disagree---- If...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 18, 2017
Last comment by Gale Johnson, on Apr 25, 2017 at 10:13 pm | 50 comments | 10382 Views

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The "Creative Class" and "superstar" cities

Trendy young tech workers are key to the economic fortunes of cities. This is part of the urban development theory of

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 8, 2017
Last comment by mauricio, on Jul 12, 2017 at 11:05 am |
48 comments | 10229 Views

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Joe Simitian talk: Listening to Trump's America: Bridging the Divide

In the wake of the Trump election, Joe Simitian--a Palo Alto native and currently County Supervisor--visited three counties that had swung to voting for Trump after...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 15, 2017
Last comment by the_punnisher, on Nov 2, 2017 at 8:02 pm | 46 comments | 12178 Views

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'Google memo': a lesson on not trusting news media

In the 2016 Presidential primaries and the general election, much of the "Mainstream Media" (MSM) (foot#1) was blatantly partisan in its coverage...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 9, 2017
Last comment by Sea Seelam Reddy, on Aug 14, 2017 at 1:51 pm | 45 comments | 8429 Views

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Demonization: Single-family homeowners are deplorables, especially Palo Altans

I have been attempting to produce a summary of the positions and arguments on the collection of bills in the California State Legislature advertised as responses...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 26, 2019
Last comment by Foreigner in the US, on Jun 3, 2019 at 1:08 pm | 43 comments | 7369 Views

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Expert witnesses are more than experts. Plus my 7 fundamental impeachment questions

Articles and books bemoaning the public's distrust of "experts" have been appearing for many years. One near constant is the author's refusal to...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Dec. 7, 2019
Last comment by Why?, on Dec 15, 2019 at 2:16 am | 43 comments | 8444 Views

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The "You're despicable" style of politics

No I am not talking about the presidential campaign. Nor about Congress. Rather about local politics, as practiced by certain elected and appointed officials, and...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 22, 2016
Last comment by Ken Underwood, on Jan 9, 2017 at 3:48 pm | 42 comments | 20711 Views

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Enough with Boycotts & "We don't want your type around here"

Santa Clara County is planning a ban that I regard as equivalent--morally if not legally--to those states that effectively ban abortions by imposing regulations...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 31, 2018
Last comment by Former PA resident, on Apr 21, 2018 at 10:17 am | 41 comments | 15801 Views

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Parkland School Shooting: Why work for a good solution when there is a proven non-starter?

This is not a discussion of the pros and cons, although I will include some notes about the complexities. Instead, my focus will be on the abysmal politics currently...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 1, 2018
Last comment by Santa Fe High school, on May 19, 2018 at 4:18 pm | 40 comments | 13882 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 | 6839 Views

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Skeptical of the "skeptics" but not the advocates?

In another blog on this site "^Skeptics, Dupes and Paranoids^" about the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 22, 2019
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm | 37 comments | 9388 Views

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Can Palo Alto Afford the Vanity of its Ruling Elite? Part 1 of an infinite series: Intro and Fiber-to-the-Premises

"Ruling elite" in the title is meant to provoke thought about how far the priorities of the decision-makers diverge from those of the typical resident. One of the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 31, 2013
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm | 37 comments | 52486 Views

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Palo Alto's Culture War: Analytics vs. Aspirationals

Many assessments of why the debate on Measure D was so bitter and divisive incorrectly cast it as a series of individual, isolated mistakes. Instead much of it was...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 10, 2013
Last comment by stephen levy, on Nov 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm | 37 comments | 25719 Views

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Shills and Charlatans of "Smart Growth"

"For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." (foot#1) Any decent manager approaching a new project asks about...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 16, 2014
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jul 3, 2014 at 4:12 pm | 36 comments | 38790 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Behind contentious local politics: Failed and toxic leadership

The crucial threshold was crossed 4 years ago when the demonization of people with other perspectives became a deliberate tactic. This tactic, and related divisive...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on May. 30, 2017
Last comment by Jerry Underdal, on Jun 6, 2017 at 5:24 pm | 33 comments | 9400 Views
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