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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 Water tiers, on Apr 23, 2015 at 1:10 am | 23 comments | 1937 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 | 3663 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 | 9703 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 Apr 4, 2015 at 12:40 pm | 20 comments | 3304 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 | 3183 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 PaulPC, on Mar 19, 2015 at 11:02 am | 47 comments | 6558 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 | 5983 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 | 6743 Views

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Letter to Council: Finding Common Ground on Addressing Climate Change

I appreciate and share the concern of councilmembers Berman, Burt, Holman and Kniss and of the faith leaders with respect to the importance of vigorously addressing...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 6, 2015
Last comment by Investment = Not Divesting, on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:15 am | 14 comments | 4294 Views

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Divestment Not a Good Way to Fight Climate Change

Next week the city council will discuss a memo from council members Berman, Burt, Holman and Kniss seeking to ask CalPERS to divest holdings in companies associated...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 1, 2015
Last comment by Resident 2, on Feb 8, 2015 at 11:35 am | 32 comments | 6391 Views

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Letter to Council: Focus Directly on Traffic and Parking; Development Limit not most effective approach

My first understanding from personal experience and city studies is that most increases in traffic and parking have come from more intensive use of existing space...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 6, 2015
Last comment by miss the point, on Feb 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm | 3 comments | 1450 Views

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Letter to Council: I Support Minimum Wage Increase Exploration

I support the exploration of increasing the minimum wage in Palo Alto suggested by councilmembers Berman, Burt, DuBois and Wolbach. CCSCE has just finished a...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 6, 2015
There are no comments yet. 1188 Views

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Reducing Congestion and Parking Challenges While Respecting the Mobility Advantages of Cars

I have never driven a car—poor eyesight. But I respect the enormous mobility and other advantages of car ownership. And I understand that residents will have...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 20, 2015
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jan 24, 2015 at 2:12 pm | 6 comments | 4601 Views

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Reducing Carbon Emissions, Improving Air Quality, Reducing Energy Costs

The Governor outlined three major environmental goals in his State of the State speech yesterday and recently Gil Friend, Palo Alto's Chief Sustainability Officer,...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 6, 2015
Last comment by bonobos Marcos, on Jan 22, 2015 at 12:39 pm | 15 comments | 4341 Views

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Today in Paris

Today I watched the march in Paris. I encourage everyone to see clips on TV or Internet sites. Today thousands of Muslims marched in solidarity with Jews in...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 11, 2015
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Jan 15, 2015 at 12:09 pm | 2 comments | 4249 Views

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Strong Regional Job and Population Growth Continues

The state and Bay Area saw exceptional job growth in November—over 90,000 jobs in the state and 23,000 in the region. While one month is not a trend the growth over...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 20, 2014
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Jan 3, 2015 at 7:46 am | 15 comments | 4146 Views

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Why I Became Active in Palo Alto Forward

When Nancy and I were in Europe this summer, I read about the city council meeting in August when some young residents and workers came to talk about housing. I...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 13, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Dec 18, 2014 at 4:10 pm | 12 comments | 4439 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 | 5088 Views

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Palo Alto and Bay Area Election Facts and Thoughts on the Implications

How Many Voted Palo Alto has roughly 55,000 residents of voting age (not all eligible to vote) 37,000 registered voters (36,781 as of Oct 20, 2014) 20,500...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 22, 2014
Last comment by Jay Park, on Nov 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm | 19 comments | 3825 Views

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Yes on Measure B to improve our quality of life and public safety

The upcoming election will be full of both local and statewide election choices. Most attention in Palo Alto has been focused on the upcoming city council elections....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 30, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 14, 2014 at 3:04 pm | 24 comments | 4387 Views
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Are you taking a Gap Year?
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Magical Bridge Playground
By Cheryl Bac | 4 comments | 678 views

Palo Alto's Cafe Pro Bono reopens after fire
By Elena Kadvany | 0 comments | 667 views

Follow-up to a Love Script
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Ate My Way Through China
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