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The U.S. Economy, China and the Stock Market

The U.S. economy posted continuing modest economic indicators in August including a sharp upward revision to second quarter GDP, a good housing report, rising consumer...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 29, 2015
Last comment by resident, on Sep 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm | 7 comments | 1185 Views

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Jobs Update

The July jobs report was issued yesterday by the state Employment Development Department and it was a standout month for job growth in the state and region. More...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 22, 2015
Last comment by retiree, on Aug 29, 2015 at 8:10 am | 10 comments | 2022 Views

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The Four E's--State Transportation Investment Challenges

One environmental goal is reducing vehicle travel. Achieving this goal has macro environmental benefits in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 2, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Aug 11, 2015 at 2:40 pm | 8 comments | 1918 Views

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The Four E's--Pope Francis and the Middle Class

Pope Francis has dedicated his career to the plight of the poor and recently to the threats from climate change and global warming. But last month in a news interview...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 27, 2015
Last comment by questions, on Aug 3, 2015 at 2:25 pm | 5 comments | 2023 Views

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The Four E's--Population Growth in the Peninsula and Region

In 2014 the Bay Area added 85,000 residents of which 40,000 were on the peninsula and 21,600 in Santa Clara County. The regional growth rate was a little over 1%,...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 18, 2015
Last comment by Edward Syrett, on Jul 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm | 10 comments | 2546 Views

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The Four E's--Part One

The Four E's—Part One Some of my work involves the evaluation of large public projects such as air quality and emission reduction policies, transportation...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 13, 2015
Last comment by curmudgeon, on Jul 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm | 10 comments | 2604 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 One Dollar Bob, on Jun 29, 2015 at 11:46 pm | 48 comments | 8123 Views

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Is the Office Cap a "Blunt Instrument"

Last night the city council took another step toward designing an interim office space metering plan. There was a spirited discussion in the public comments and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 16, 2015
Last comment by Michael, on Jun 22, 2015 at 9:41 pm | 22 comments | 3272 Views

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My Pet Poster Peeves--Part One

A few posters make comments that tell other people and companies what to do in terms of where to live and work. It seems like they have invented a variation on the...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 8, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Jun 15, 2015 at 11:00 am | 32 comments | 3635 Views

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My Day at the Comp Plan Summit

First I want to thank all the staff and volunteers who made the event run smoothly and who were always around to answer questions and help out. Second a shout out...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 2, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Jun 8, 2015 at 10:50 am | 34 comments | 3465 Views

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The Regional Context for the Palo Alto Comp Plan Update

Recent Trends The region has seen a surge in job and population growth with the highest growth rates up and down the peninsula from San Francisco to San Jose....

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 26, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Jun 2, 2015 at 10:42 am | 16 comments | 3981 Views

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The Drought: Shared Inconvenience, Shared Responsibility, Shared Solutions

Water allocation and pricing has always been a contentious issue in California and the drought has escalated both the need for solutions and the age-old conflicts. The...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 16, 2015
Last comment by Connie Kettendorf, on Jun 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm | 25 comments | 4051 Views

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Housing is for People

Sometimes in the public policy discussions about housing, we forget that housing is for people. It is important to talk and think about what they want and need. These...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 17, 2015
Last comment by Techie, on May 26, 2015 at 10:51 am | 41 comments | 4133 Views

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Deny the 429 Univ Ave Project Appeal

Kudos to the council for accepting Pat Burt's proposal to have staff explore options for metering near term office development. Although I am skeptical that a cap...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 28, 2015
Last comment by stephen levy, on May 6, 2015 at 10:50 am | 24 comments | 4929 Views

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The Connection Between Buena Vista and Measure A

I support finding a way for the middle and high school students who live at Buena Vista to complete their education in Palo Alto. I feel this way not because Palo...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 25, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on May 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm | 14 comments | 4025 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 | 5765 Views

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Continuation of Office Cap Discussion

On Monday night the city council will consider direction to staff with regard to an office cap proposal for Palo Alto. I think this is a bad idea as I have written...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 22, 2015
Last comment by Alex, on Apr 6, 2015 at 10:51 pm | 20 comments | 19853 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 | 4530 Views

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A proposal for Monday Night's Office Cap Discussion

The parking and traffic challenges being experienced in Palo Alto are real and reflect trends going on throughout the region. In Monday night's discussion about...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 28, 2015
Last comment by heh, on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm | 18 comments | 11741 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 | 7897 Views
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The U.S. Economy, China and the Stock Market
By Steve Levy | 7 comments | 1,185 views

Have You Ever Had a Dog?
By Chandrama Anderson | 2 comments | 1,010 views