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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 Steve Levy, on May 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm | 22 comments | 4797 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 the_punnisher, on May 6, 2016 at 7:25 pm | 19 comments | 2681 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 | 8832 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 | 3060 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 | 2082 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 | 3224 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 | 5206 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 | 3507 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 | 3970 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 | 6411 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 | 11447 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 | 4672 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 | 5234 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 | 4646 Views

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State Climate Change Legislation

This week the state legislature is debating a bill that would set a goal of reducing gasoline consumption by 59% by 2030. The San Jose Mercury News had an interesting...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 8, 2015
Last comment by cyclinger, on Nov 25, 2015 at 12:58 am | 8 comments | 4793 Views

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Options for Addressing the Rapid Rise in Regional Rents: More Housing?, Rent Control? Other Solutions?

Rent increases have far outpaced income gains during the economic recovery and are at record levels in terms of affordability. Many residents have had to move as...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 31, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Nov 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm | 66 comments | 7177 Views

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Update on the Economy

I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. The Bottom Line ? The state and national economy are growing ? The economic recovery will be long and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 23, 2010
Last comment by Doyle, on Nov 10, 2015 at 10:17 am | 13 comments | 10706 Views

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Do you support more housing choices for older residents

Thank you all for participating in the last blog. At this point we have 133 comments and over 5,000 views. My next question is "Do you want to provide more...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 17, 2015
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm | 28 comments | 4313 Views

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Do we want a palo alto where only the rich can move here to live

I don't. I remember meeting Greg Schmid when I played a small role in his school board campaign. We were both economists and were making a decent living...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 11, 2015
Last comment by senor verde, on Oct 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm | 139 comments | 9142 Views

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CAC Transportation Element Comp Plan Disucssion

This is the memo that was publcly distributed at the last Comp Plan Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. Other memos and comments were distributed as...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 22, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Oct 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm | 7 comments | 2865 Views
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