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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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Mismanagement of Consultants
Mar 21, 2015 4:19 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 2,830

City Hall's use of consultants receives lots of deserved criticism, but that criticism is typically so generic and unfocused that it fails to provide any basis for... More
Disengaged "Engagement"
Mar 14, 2015 5:12 pm
Comments: 11 | Views: 3,025

This proposal was written by a bureaucrat who opposes it. That was my reaction to a proposal for... More
Neighborhood Associations: Why they are still important
Mar 10, 2015 1:57 am
Comments: 17 | Views: 4,333

The recent news coverage of the difficulties facing one of Palo Alto's premier neighborhood association (College Terrace) brought forth comments that such associations... More
Public Art Policy
Feb 7, 2015 4:36 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 4,903

There has long been widespread public dissatisfaction with what has been chosen as public art and the process behind those choices. This is good time to visit City... More
Council Priorities 2015: Honesty, Focus, and Listening about Listening
Jan 23, 2015 4:30 am
Comments: 11 | Views: 3,532

At the annual retreat to set the top-3 priorities for City Hall, I suggest that Council create two separate sets of priorities, one for Staff and one for themselves,... More
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