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A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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 | 2691 Views

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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 maripetar, on Apr 24, 2017 at 3:09 am | 10 comments | 2199 Views

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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 | 7893 Views

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RPP + ADUs: Winners and losers

One of the classic mistakes in politics is to become overly focused on the details of official actions at the expense of asking whether those actions support the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Mar. 4, 2017
Last comment by Gale Johnson, on Mar 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm | 7 comments | 1563 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 | 2703 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 | 7188 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 | 13328 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Negative/Attack Ad? Wrong Question

The definition of a negative or attack ad is ambiguous. To some, it is any ad that contains any negative information about a candidate. To others, the ad needs to...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 30, 2016
Last comment by Thanks, Doug, on Nov 9, 2016 at 5:26 am | 3 comments | 3441 Views

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Disputing a Council Endorsement on Attitude toward residents

I strongly disagree with one of the Weekly's endorsements...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 25, 2016
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Oct 31, 2016 at 1:03 pm |
24 comments | 7718 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

Council Candidate Forums

Three City Council candidate forums is a lot to plow through. These are what I regard as the most notable remarks and my significant impressions of the candidates....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 18, 2016
Last comment by Fred Balin, on Oct 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm | 7 comments | 7563 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

No on B, Faithlessness and Fecklessness

Measure B is the 30-year half-cent sales tax increase for VTA. The arguments for it focus on what is needed, what it could fund, and what has been ==B...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 8, 2016
Last comment by Andrew Boone, on Oct 19, 2016 at 2:46 pm | 28 comments | 4876 Views

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Candidate Kickoffs: Part 2

You can often tell who a candidate aligns with as soon as you arrive. Also the speeches--introductions and the candidate's speech--have very different styles....

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 3, 2016
Last comment by Curious, on Oct 5, 2016 at 10:31 am | 6 comments | 6481 Views

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A manipulative candidate questionnaire

The severe limitations of multiple-choice exams are well known, and I expect that all of you have your own horror stories.(foot#1) Despite this, the local advocacy...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 8, 2016
Last comment by Pa Ford, on Sep 14, 2016 at 11:10 pm | 24 comments | 5144 Views

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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 | 10169 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....

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 | 8750 Views

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Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters

Kickoff events for the campaigns for the candidates for Palo Alto City Council and the School Board begin next week and extend into mid-September. While there will...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 20, 2016
Last comment by How were they?, on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:30 pm | 5 comments | 3640 Views

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Community, Extended-stay Hotel or ...? Part 2

What goes into creating and maintaining a community is covered in the

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Aug. 9, 2016
Last comment by SEA_SEELAM REDDY, on Aug 12, 2016 at 9:17 pm |
5 comments | 1893 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 | 2500 Views

A PRAGMATIST'S TAKE

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...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jul. 11, 2016
Last comment by WhatsReality, on Jul 30, 2016 at 2:12 pm | 21 comments | 3528 Views

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Amnesia at City Hall

A repeated theme of this blog has been the persistent problems with public participation and input, from major policy decisions down to the practical details that...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Jun. 14, 2016
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Jul 6, 2016 at 1:40 am | 4 comments | 4067 Views
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