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Yes on Measure B to improve our quality of life and public safety

The upcoming election will be full of both local and statewide election choices. Most attention in Palo Alto has been focused on the upcoming city council elections....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 30, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm | 24 comments | 2150 Views

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I Have Endorsed Six Candidates for City Council

I have endorsed six candidates for the Palo Alto city council. Some of them have divergent views about future growth in the city. Three are incumbents and three...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 8, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm | 12 comments | 2811 Views

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The Relation of Palo Alto School Finance and Development--Background Concepts and Data Sources

Parents and residents in Palo Alto are naturally interested in and concerned about K-12 school funding and class size and the relationship of school finance to development...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 21, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm | 12 comments | 2231 Views

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All Parking Permits Should Have a Fee

I favor the residential permit parking program being designed by the city and stakeholder committee. I am grateful to the staff and committee for their long and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 13, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Sep 22, 2014 at 10:57 am | 24 comments | 2361 Views

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Property rights and the will of the people

"Why would property rights trump the will of the people?" Mark Weiss posted this question on my blog before he announced his candidacy for city council. My...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 2, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Sep 21, 2014 at 11:52 pm | 43 comments | 2674 Views

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Questions for Council Candidates--Housing

Below are six questions related to housing. Readers as well as candidates are invited to respond. Following the questions is a short set of background material....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 21, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:29 am | 24 comments | 2226 Views

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Background and Ideas for the Comp Plan

Regional Background The City Council will discuss the Comp Plan update process on August 4th. I sent some background memos on regional trends and ideas about...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 29, 2014
Last comment by Jerry Underdal, on Aug 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm | 39 comments | 4121 Views

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More Jobs, Population and CalTrain riders

Yesterday's jobs report showed that the region added 17,000 in April and 103,000 jobs in the past 12 months—for the third year far outpacing the projected 40,000...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 17, 2014
Last comment by Steven, on Jul 25, 2014 at 8:25 am | 31 comments | 4425 Views

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Services, Dining and Shopping Downtown in Palo Alto

I see three principal sets of activities where workers, residents and visitors spend money—1) eating and drinking, 2) personal services and 3) retail shopping....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 16, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jul 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm | 16 comments | 3594 Views

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Smart Growth, Commuting and Non Commute Travel Options

Many households include multiple workers who often work in different directions from where they live. What are the "smart" locations for these households to minimize...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 27, 2014
Last comment by curmudgeon, on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:07 am | 31 comments | 5097 Views

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Improving Job and Income Mobility for the Region's Low and Moderate Wage Workers

I have spent the past 18 months working with a team engaged to study how to improve the job prospects and income of low and moderate wage workers in the Bay Area....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 20, 2014
Last comment by Neighbor, on Jun 24, 2014 at 9:59 am | 7 comments | 4750 Views

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Smart Growth Principles ARE Smart

The term smart growth is used to describe a perspective on how our region's growth, particularly the housing growth, should be located. It is separate from the discussion...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 13, 2014
Last comment by Wrong, on Jun 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm | 38 comments | 4620 Views

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Bay Area Residents Invest in Their Communities

The title of this blog is Invest or Die. It reflects my opinion that communities like businesses need to continually invest. There are new technologies and the continuing...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 4, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 10, 2014 at 10:33 am | 7 comments | 3432 Views

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Downtown Parking Permit Discussion

I attended the residential parking stakeholder meeting last Thursday. They seem like a hard working and smart group. I have no idea whether they will be able to...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 25, 2014
Last comment by Neilson Buchanan, on Jun 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm | 19 comments | 24136 Views

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It's Not (All) Your Money

Another false leap of logic made sometimes by posters is that their earnings are "their money" and the government has no claim on it to support public programs. We...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 15, 2011
Last comment by Linda , on May 31, 2014 at 5:48 am | 25 comments | 5217 Views

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Palo Alto Housing Element Update

Palo Alto has begun the process of updating the City's Housing Element (HE). The process is well summarized in a memo to the Council's Regional Housing Mandate Committee...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 2, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on May 28, 2014 at 9:51 am | 25 comments | 5417 Views

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What Kind of City is Palo Alto?

Residents have been invited to participate in a discussion of "our Palo Alto" kicked off with a meeting on "Who We Are'. This post explores what kind of city we...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 12, 2014
Last comment by Garrett , on May 17, 2014 at 9:55 am | 14 comments | 6069 Views

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Most Seniors do not Need Senior Housing But Could Benefit from other Choice to Remain in Palo Alto

Palo Alto has a large number of residents aged 65 and above—17% of the city's population compared to 11% for the state and region. In addition most of the baby boom...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 22, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm | 68 comments | 49840 Views

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Allowing Unauthorized Immigrants to Learn and Earn Legally Will Help the Economy

There are approximately 2.5 million unauthorized immigrant residents in California of which approximately 1.5 million are working and another 300,000 or so are children. If...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 11, 2014
Last comment by Steve, on Apr 21, 2014 at 11:05 am | 44 comments | 15881 Views

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Improve Mobility to Address Inequality

Discussions about poverty and inequality are in the news these days. I have been asked about inequality especially in the Bay Area by several reporters recently....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 4, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Apr 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm | 36 comments | 41788 Views
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