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Tough Choices for Whom

City councils in Palo Alto and across the state are beginning to face yet another tough budget year with revenues recovering, but slowly, and retirement costs increasing...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 11, 2012
Last comment by Jeff, on Jan 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm | 30 comments | 21005 Views

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Tough Choices for Whom

City councils in Palo Alto and across the state are beginning to face yet another tough budget year with revenues recovering, but slowly, and retirement costs increasing...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 11, 2012
Last comment by Jeff, on Jan 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm | 30 comments | 4194 Views

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The Joint Venture Proposition 13 Paper

Here is the link to the Joint Venture Index of Silicon Valley including the Special Analysis I wrote on Proposition 13. The purpose of the paper was to explain...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 11, 2012
Last comment by anne, on Feb 22, 2012 at 9:18 am | 30 comments | 4910 Views

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Regional Growth Plans Explained

Last month the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted Plan Bay Area, an integrated land use and transportation...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 9, 2013
Last comment by pat, on Aug 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm | 30 comments | 983 Views

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Infrastructure Commission Findings and Recommendations

For the past year my 16 colleagues and I addressed the request of the City Council "to provide a recommendation to the City Council on infrastructure needs, priorities,...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 23, 2011
Last comment by James, on Jan 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm | 28 comments | 20827 Views

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The Palo Alto I Live In

I came here in 1963 as a grad student at Stanford. We raised our children in Palo Alto. I have worked downtown since 1969 and we have lived downtown since 2006. This...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 22, 2012
Last comment by stephen levy, on Sep 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm | 28 comments | 20139 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 choices...

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 | 15126 Views

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The Role of Uber, Google buses and the like

In response to my last blog on two thoughts about HSR many friends wrote wanting to talk about Uber and related new transportation options with regard to Bay Ares...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 6, 2014
Last comment by Ellen Uhrbrock, on Dec 13, 2014 at 10:58 am | 28 comments | 18996 Views

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Property Owners and Developers--What's with all the Demonizing

Shortly before my 75th birthday I became a commercial property owner for the first time. When my mom died I inherited 1/8 of a commercial property in Los Angeles...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 30, 2017
Last comment by Mr. Peabody, on Apr 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm | 28 comments | 20210 Views

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Infrastructure Commission Findings and Recommendations

For the past year my 16 colleagues and I addressed the request of the City Council "to provide a recommendation to the City Council on infrastructure needs, priorities,...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 23, 2011
Last comment by James, on Jan 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm | 28 comments | 4487 Views

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The Palo Alto I Live In

I came here in 1963 as a grad student at Stanford. We raised our children in Palo Alto. I have worked downtown since 1969 and we have lived downtown since 2006. This...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 22, 2012
Last comment by stephen levy, on Sep 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm | 28 comments | 3594 Views

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CalTrain--Trends and Implications

This column explores the importance of CalTrain service to the peninsula and Palo Alto and the policy implications. The basic data and trends Average weekday...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 30, 2014
Last comment by Martin, on Feb 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm | 27 comments | 26617 Views

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Bay Area and Palo Alto RHNA

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released the Regional Housing Needs Allocation for the Bay Area,. The total for the 8.5...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 30, 2020
Last comment by chris, on Aug 10, 2020 at 6:26 pm | 26 comments | 10843 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 | 19820 Views

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Hey honey, should we take that job in California?

California gets criticized regularly for having a bad business climate. The storyline goes roughly like this. States compete fiercely for new businesses. California...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 29, 2009
Last comment by Whole Picture, on Mar 2, 2010 at 11:37 am | 26 comments | 7615 Views

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Why Aren't Consumers and Businesses Spending More?

There are two "political" answers in this important policy debate. One is a version of "Obama is terrible for business" and cites uncertainty and fear of higher...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 15, 2010
Last comment by Sharon, on Sep 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm | 26 comments | 6494 Views

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Hey honey, should we take that job in California?

California gets criticized regularly for having a bad business climate. The storyline goes roughly like this. States compete fiercely for new businesses. California...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 29, 2009
Last comment by Whole Picture, on Mar 2, 2010 at 11:37 am | 26 comments | 29885 Views

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Why Aren't Consumers and Businesses Spending More?

There are two "political" answers in this important policy debate. One is a version of "Obama is terrible for business" and cites uncertainty and fear of higher...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 15, 2010
Last comment by Sharon, on Sep 8, 2010 at 6:18 pm | 26 comments | 33045 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 winstal, on Feb 14, 2015 at 8:44 am | 25 comments | 20518 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 | 22091 Views
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