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Response to Arguments Against Measure B

Santa Clara County Measure B proposes to spend $6.3 billion over 30 years for transportation improvements financed by a 1/2 cent increase in the sales tax. The...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 19, 2016
Last comment by Scott L, on Oct 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm | 21 comments | 7035 Views

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I am Voting Yes on Measure B the Sales Tax for Transportation

Santa Clara County Measure B proposes a half-cent increase in the sale tax to raise approximately $6.3 billion for transportation investments over the next 30 years....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 24, 2016
Last comment by Taxpayer, on Oct 22, 2016 at 1:10 am | 38 comments | 10056 Views

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Commercial Developments Do Not Create Jobs

Buildings—offices, hotels, restaurants, stores—do not create jobs. In a first order sense the tenants create the jobs—the businesses...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 16, 2016
Last comment by Bliss, on Aug 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm | 17 comments | 12460 Views

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Why Don’t More Companies Move or Expand Outside the Bay Area

Some companies have moved or expanded elsewhere. And some residents have moved away to escape the high housing costs. But this has not stopped the region and peninsula...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 11, 2016
Last comment by Mark Weiss, on Jul 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm | 44 comments | 22920 Views

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Questions About the Acquisition of the Buena Vista Site

In discussions with friends, several questions arose and I am interested in learning the answers. 1) in the proposal announced last week, who would own the...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 25, 2016
Last comment by Heads in the sand, on Jun 30, 2016 at 12:31 pm | 23 comments | 15496 Views

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Housing for Low Income Residents and Affordable Housing

I want to make two points. One, housing for low income residents and affordable housing are overlapping but DIFFERENT categories Two, there are negative consequences...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 18, 2016
Last comment by MPer, on Jun 23, 2016 at 3:27 pm | 33 comments | 4775 Views

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Bay Area Bubble Watch: Did the Bubble Busters get Busted

Well the saying is it is not over til the fat lady sings. But the “there’s a bubble bursting” crowd had a really bad month. Let’s...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 8, 2016
Last comment by Birdie, on Jun 7, 2016 at 4:50 pm | 23 comments | 8263 Views

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Some Impacts of Driverless Cars

There was an interesting blog in the Wall Street Journal musing on the impact of driverless cars. The bottom line was that this innovation would reduce fuel use...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 28, 2016
Last comment by Edward Thompson, on May 30, 2016 at 9:01 am | 20 comments | 4829 Views

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Long Term Borrowing is the Best Way to Finance Major City Facility Investments

The Palo Alto City Council is beginning to discuss long-term financing options for major new facilities including the Public Safety building and Municipal Service...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 23, 2012
Last comment by MarkSindone, on May 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm | 23 comments | 10808 Views

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More Cars do not mean More Pollution

On Monday April 18 the council will review the city’s sustainability and climate action plan (S/CAP). I support many of the proposals and am proud to be...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 17, 2016
Last comment by An Engineer, on Apr 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm | 46 comments | 4966 Views

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Is Manufacturing the Key to Job Creation--A 2010 Op Ed by Andy Grove

Andy Grove, a pioneer in Silicon Valley, dies last week. The New York Times as part of a tribute reprinted an op ed he wrote in 2010 for Business Week.

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 28, 2016
Last comment by Red Queen, on Apr 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm |
10 comments | 3826 Views

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How to Find The Big Payoff in Reducing Traffic and Parking Challenges

This blog is based on a public comment at council and public memo to council members. The council has asked staff to develop an additional Comp Plan scenario that...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 27, 2016
Last comment by chris, on Mar 3, 2016 at 9:51 pm | 20 comments | 4780 Views

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Is the Bay Area Economy in a Bubble?

I think it is helpful to try and use common language here. Most talk about bubbles refers to asset bubbles—like the sharp decline in tech startup stock...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 19, 2016
Last comment by Jason, on Feb 27, 2016 at 3:05 pm | 26 comments | 7355 Views

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Should We Plan for Some Bay Area Workers to Live Outside the Region

SB 375 and current regional policy supports the idea that regions should plan for all workers to be able to live within the region. I support this goal in theory...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 14, 2016
Last comment by chip, on Feb 19, 2016 at 12:21 pm | 16 comments | 5148 Views

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Relaxing the Height Limit for Housing with Conditions

Palo Alto has a 50 foot height limit for new buildings although there are provisions for exemptions in certain circumstances. The origin as I remember was around...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 6, 2016
Last comment by Steve Levy, on Feb 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm | 37 comments | 5620 Views

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2016 council priorities

I have three priorities I hope you adopt: --Housing --Transportation/Parking/TDM --Regional Cooperation Housing For me housing is the number one priority....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 28, 2016
Last comment by ivg, on Feb 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm | 41 comments | 9759 Views

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Two New Thoughts About High Speed Rail

At the end of this blog I invite comments on two thoughts related to high sped rail (HSR) in California: --Will the spread of options like Uber, Lyft, Zipcar...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 30, 2014
Last comment by sally, on Feb 3, 2016 at 1:37 am | 49 comments | 13810 Views

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Bay Area Population Growth Leads State

The California Department of Finance (DOF) released new and revised county population estimates for July 2010—July 2015. Their press release and accompanying...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 19, 2015
Last comment by ivg, on Jan 28, 2016 at 8:15 am | 15 comments | 6306 Views

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Public Service when you Work for a Large Organization

This topic has come up currently with regard to public service by employees of Palantir. But such public service has a long history in Palo Alto and is the topic...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 6, 2015
Last comment by Palo alto does not have a seedy downtown, on Dec 10, 2015 at 12:08 pm | 34 comments | 6887 Views

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Neighborhood Retail, Customers and Parking

The recently announced closing of two retail outlets on California Avenue brought an outpouring of sadness from former patrons and residents who wish for more neighborhood...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 29, 2015
Last comment by Allen Akin, on Dec 6, 2015 at 4:56 pm | 43 comments | 6395 Views
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Nobu confirmed to open in Palo Alto
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And one more makes three
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Secretary of Plate
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New York College Tours
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Family Planning: Both Agree Before Getting Pregnant
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