Local Blogs | Palo Alto Online |

Local Blogs

Interested in becoming a blogger?   Show all bloggers


Sort by:  Most recent blog/comment   Most viewed   Most comments

Navigation tip: Clicking on any blog label will display all recent posts on that blog

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 | 1147 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 1909 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2013 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 3284 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 3147 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 | 2015 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 | 3879 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 | 1686 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2665 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 3978 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 4228 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 | 3965 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 | 2337 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 | 5228 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 4471 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 | 1800 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 7927 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 | 4336 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Profiteering off medical equipment and its export unimpeded (COVID-19)

Medical equipment shortages have been in the national headlines for weeks, but a significant part of the problem has been profiteers sending it overseas. Bet most...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Apr. 3, 2020
Last comment by mauricio, on Apr 7, 2020 at 4:17 pm | 9 comments | 4808 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 4378 Views
1 2 3 4 5 > >>
Page 1 of 9

Get the most important local news stories sent straight to your inbox daily.

Couples and Premarital: Personal Weather Report (TM)
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 2,236 views

Pie Brings People Together
By Laura Stec | 2 comments | 2,192 views

Feel the burn: The Peninsula gets a new Nashville hot chicken joint
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 1,730 views

Our First Year with an Elf on the Shelf
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 846 views

Time to tighten up the PA city council meetings
By Diana Diamond | 0 comments | 321 views

 

Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund

For the last 26 years, the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund has given away more than $7 million to local nonprofits serving children and families. When you make a donation, every dollar is automatically doubled, and 100% of the funds go directly to local programs. It’s a great way to ensure your charitable donations are working at home.

DONATE HERE