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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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Nonstarter killed after 2 decades
Jun 28, 2016 1:06 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 9,249

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... More
Amnesia at City Hall
Jun 14, 2016 12:40 am
Comments: 4 | Views: 3,119

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... More
Environment, Design and Healthy Cities
Jun 1, 2016 4:17 am
Comments: 0 | Views: 2,623

In discussions of the impact of the environment on human health, the focus is routinely on problems such as chemical pollutants--it is relatively easy to explain... More
Rethinking High School Curriculum: Chemistry
May 22, 2016 1:55 am
Comments: 11 | Views: 2,345

Q: For cleaning and disinfecting, what are the differences between soap, household ammonia, alcohol and chlorine bleach? Explain in terms of how they work.

I... More
State Assembly Candidates: Links & Notes for the LWV Forum
May 13, 2016 5:09 pm
Comments: 6 | Views: 2,437

A video of the Candidates Forum for State Assembly District 24 is online.(foot#1) The primary election is June 7. These notes are... More
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