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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 | 2287 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 | 2469 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 | 2487 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 | 2616 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 JThomass, on Dec 23, 2014 at 9:25 pm | 28 comments | 5863 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 | 3129 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 Essay writing service reviews, on Dec 16, 2014 at 10:37 pm | 45 comments | 5161 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 | 3769 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 | 2856 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 | 3423 Views

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I Have Endorsed Six Candidates for City Council

I have endorsed six candidates for the Palo Alto city council. Some of them have divergent views about future growth in the city. Three are incumbents and three...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 8, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 13, 2014 at 4:06 pm | 12 comments | 4563 Views

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The Relation of Palo Alto School Finance and Development--Background Concepts and Data Sources

Parents and residents in Palo Alto are naturally interested in and concerned about K-12 school funding and class size and the relationship of school finance to development...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 21, 2014
Last comment by Sea REDDY, on Oct 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm | 12 comments | 3218 Views

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All Parking Permits Should Have a Fee

I favor the residential permit parking program being designed by the city and stakeholder committee. I am grateful to the staff and committee for their long and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 13, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Sep 22, 2014 at 10:57 am | 24 comments | 3070 Views

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Property rights and the will of the people

"Why would property rights trump the will of the people?" Mark Weiss posted this question on my blog before he announced his candidacy for city council. My...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 2, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Sep 21, 2014 at 11:52 pm | 43 comments | 3315 Views

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Questions for Council Candidates--Housing

Below are six questions related to housing. Readers as well as candidates are invited to respond. Following the questions is a short set of background material....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 21, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:29 am | 24 comments | 3081 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 | 5016 Views

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More Jobs, Population and CalTrain riders

Yesterday's jobs report showed that the region added 17,000 in April and 103,000 jobs in the past 12 months—for the third year far outpacing the projected 40,000...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 17, 2014
Last comment by Steven, on Jul 25, 2014 at 8:25 am | 31 comments | 4977 Views

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Services, Dining and Shopping Downtown in Palo Alto

I see three principal sets of activities where workers, residents and visitors spend money—1) eating and drinking, 2) personal services and 3) retail shopping....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 16, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jul 20, 2014 at 1:22 pm | 16 comments | 4486 Views

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Smart Growth, Commuting and Non Commute Travel Options

Many households include multiple workers who often work in different directions from where they live. What are the "smart" locations for these households to minimize...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 27, 2014
Last comment by curmudgeon, on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:07 am | 31 comments | 6280 Views

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Improving Job and Income Mobility for the Region's Low and Moderate Wage Workers

I have spent the past 18 months working with a team engaged to study how to improve the job prospects and income of low and moderate wage workers in the Bay Area....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 20, 2014
Last comment by Neighbor, on Jun 24, 2014 at 9:59 am | 7 comments | 5738 Views
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Teavana Palo Alto closes
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 3,231 views

Sometimes the Rules Go Out the Window
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What Freshmen Should be Thinking About College
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Waiting on the Edge of Death
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 233 views

Menlo Park Playing Nicely
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