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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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

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Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 1 of 3)
Dec 3, 2013 2:56 am
Comments: 6 | Views: 7,753

"Watch what we do, not what we say" was famously said by John Mitchell, as then-President Nixon's Attorney General and political strategist. I was watching... More
Librarians Against Books: Subverting the will of the electorate
Oct 7, 2013 11:43 am
Comments: 9 | Views: 3,846

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This is not a discussion of library policy, but rather using the Main Library renovation... More
El Camino Sidewalk Width and the "Grand Boulevard" Delusion
Mar 29, 2014 12:18 am
Comments: 11 | Views: 3,845

The City is once again talking about wanting to make El Camino more "pedestrian-friendly" (foot#1) and once again refusing to consider what the actual problems... More
Measure D (Maybell Rezoning): Cutting through the noise
Oct 11, 2013 1:15 am
Comments: 12 | Views: 3,757

This is not yet-another posting about how you should vote on Measure D. Instead, I will try to help undecided voters better understand the arguments being... More
Stupid Growth: So-called "Smart Growth" is a cancer on the community
Jun 7, 2014 1:43 pm
Comments: 27 | Views: 2,719

Rule of thumb: Anything that needs to be labeled "smart" isn't.

Classic Brainteaser: "Why aren't there ants that are the size of elephants?" The... More
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