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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 | 22025 Views

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Debt debate delusions: An economist shakes his head at budget mess

I have lived in Palo Alto for nearly 50 years studying economics and working as an economist. I have lived here through the recession after the Vietnam War ended,...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 15, 2011
Last comment by regarding NA economy, on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | 40 comments | 21797 Views

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Debt debate delusions: An economist shakes his head at budget mess

I have lived in Palo Alto for nearly 50 years studying economics and working as an economist. I have lived here through the recession after the Vietnam War ended,...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 15, 2011
Last comment by regarding NA economy, on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | 40 comments | 3957 Views

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Keeping Palo Alto a Desirable Place to Live and Work

Despite what the majority of Town Square posters say, we know that Palo Alto is a very desirable place to live and work from the perspective of new residents and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 26, 2013
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Nov 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm | 40 comments | 41907 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 | 25074 Views

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The President's Proposals for Legal Immigration Reform are Bad Economic Policy

President Trump has proposed to reform the legal immigration system by: --restricting family based immigration --keeping the 140,000 labor market based admissions...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 2, 2017
Last comment by Jose Pen, on Sep 25, 2017 at 9:16 am | 39 comments | 13433 Views

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I Support Helping our Local Small Businesses Start to Reopen Quickly AND

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Palo Alto was seeing small businesses close. Then it was a combination of not enough customers and rising costs. In the past...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 12, 2020
Last comment by The Business Man, on Jul 16, 2020 at 5:47 pm | 39 comments | 9505 Views

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California's Budget Deficit and Debt

First a couple of numbers. After the spending reductions adopted in March and the additional income tax revenue that was reported in April, California now faces...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 18, 2011
Last comment by Perspective, on May 30, 2011 at 7:41 am | 38 comments | 20057 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 | 21762 Views

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Stimulus Versus Austerity--A False Choice

I watched the Fareed Zakaria GPS show this morning. Paul Krugman argued that the U.S. economy needs more federal stimulus to help increase economic growth and reduce...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 4, 2010
Last comment by Perspective, on Jul 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm | 38 comments | 6866 Views

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California's Budget Deficit and Debt

First a couple of numbers. After the spending reductions adopted in March and the additional income tax revenue that was reported in April, California now faces...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 18, 2011
Last comment by Perspective, on May 30, 2011 at 7:41 am | 38 comments | 4187 Views

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Why Are You Supporting Measure A

There is already a Town Square blog thread for people who oppose Measure A. This blog is for people to share why they support continuing and increasing the parcel...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 5, 2015
Last comment by village fool, on Apr 21, 2015 at 12:27 am | 38 comments | 19693 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 | 20002 Views

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Dare to be Fair Vote No on Prop 15

I was brought up to believe I should help pay for the public services I want. So I support school bonds and parcel taxes as a long-term investment and in gratitude...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 10, 2020
Last comment by kodaikanal rooms, on Jan 6, 2021 at 5:56 am | 38 comments | 11910 Views

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Should Zoning Ever Change

My answer is yes just as it is for laws regarding civil rights when I was growing up in the 1950s or for laws regarding gay marriage or a women's right to choose....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 3, 2014
Last comment by Ban PC, on Jan 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm | 38 comments | 26885 Views

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Stimulus Versus Austerity--A False Choice

I watched the Fareed Zakaria GPS show this morning. Paul Krugman argued that the U.S. economy needs more federal stimulus to help increase economic growth and reduce...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 4, 2010
Last comment by Perspective, on Jul 10, 2011 at 2:38 pm | 38 comments | 24338 Views

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The Regional part of the Regional Housing Needs Determination Process

Housing policy will be a major topic in the upcoming Comp Plan update. There are a variety of viewpoints regarding what is best for Palo Alto. This memo focuses...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 14, 2015
Last comment by curmudgeon, on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:51 am | 37 comments | 17063 Views

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A Slow Economic Recovery Ahead--What do You Need to See Before the Economy Reopens

Dear Mayor Fine and council members, You are aware of the many health related prerequisites for reopening parts of the economy. And you are aware that reopening...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 13, 2020
Last comment by the trump pandemic response, on Apr 18, 2020 at 11:37 am | 37 comments | 8935 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 | 16150 Views

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All Families Pay Taxes

Every so often someone on Town Square asserts that half of the population does not pay taxes. They see that many families do not earn enough to owe state or federal...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 15, 2011
Last comment by Tax the man behind the tree, on Jun 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm | 36 comments | 20975 Views
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