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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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Driverless self-driving car testbed issues
Mar 29, 2017 12:30 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 1,289

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... More
Computer Science in PAUSD
Mar 13, 2017 4:36 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 1,742

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... More
RPP + ADUs: Winners and losers
Mar 4, 2017 2:35 pm
Comments: 7 | Views: 1,282

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... More
Groundwater Pumping Background
Mar 1, 2017 12:18 am
Comments: 13 | Views: 2,472

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... More
Affordable Housing: Complexities
Feb 21, 2017 1:22 pm
Comments: 14 | Views: 6,880

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