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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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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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A manipulative candidate questionnaire
Sep 8, 2016 1:16 am
Comments: 24 | Views: 4,913

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... More
Candidate kickoffs: First weekend
Aug 30, 2016 1:30 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 8,556

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... More
Candidate Kickoff Events: Public, not just for supporters
Aug 20, 2016 3:54 am
Comments: 5 | Views: 3,457

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... More
Community, Extended-stay Hotel or ...? Part 2
Aug 9, 2016 1:42 am
Comments: 5 | Views: 1,724

What goes into creating and maintaining a community is covered in the ... More
Community, Extended-stay Hotel or ...? Part 1
Aug 4, 2016 12:35 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 2,320

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... More
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