Local Blogs | Almanac Online |

Local Blogs

Interested in becoming a blogger?   Show all bloggers

Sort by:  Most recent blog/comment   Most viewed   Most comments

Navigation tip: Clicking on any blog label will display all recent posts on that blog


The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Process Explained

Every 8 years the state gives each regional planning agency a housing planning target for the number of units needed and affordable at various income levels. Then...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 14, 2019
Last comment by contact support, on Oct 31, 2019 at 11:43 pm | 20 comments | 12628 Views


Democrats are Having the Wrong Debate About Health Care

I agree with Emanuel's thoughts below. My family and I believe most Americans are more worried about health care costs than access. I watched all the debates...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 3, 2019
Last comment by Wm Burton, on Aug 15, 2019 at 8:08 am | 48 comments | 11174 Views


Strong Job Growth Continues and Supports the Case for CalTrain Expansion

There are many reasons to support the CalTrain expansion plans from the environment to saving time and cost for commuters and the CalTrain contribution to grade...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 28, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Aug 2, 2019 at 10:09 am | 21 comments | 7697 Views


What Would it Take to Get Tech Companies to Move Jobs Out of the Region and Is This a Good Idea?

This is a very popular idea on many Town Square blogs. Personally I do not support this proposal and I will explain why below. But the main point of the blog...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 18, 2019
Last comment by Kolkata Escorts, on Jul 3, 2019 at 1:41 pm | 35 comments | 10349 Views


How Can We Fund Below Market Rate Housing for Low and Moderate Income Residents in the Region?

Most residents agree that the greatest housing shortages are with below market rate housing reserved for low and low/moderate income residents. This is true even...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 13, 2019
Last comment by The Business Man, on Jun 13, 2019 at 8:16 pm | 35 comments | 7813 Views


Who Pays for Palo Alto Schools

There is an ongoing discussion about what, if anything, Stanford should pay for students added in housing on campus. The Weekly had an op-ed arguing the current...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 19, 2019
Last comment by margaret heath, on Mar 25, 2019 at 3:08 pm | 42 comments | 15029 Views


The HSR Decision

I was a consultant on the first HSR study in 1998. And I voted against thew bond. BUT times have changed and i think the Governor's decision got a couple of...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 13, 2019
Last comment by frying pan, on Feb 22, 2019 at 8:28 pm | 10 comments | 8089 Views


Time to Send a Message

Of sadness, solidarity and support to our brothers and sisters in Squirrel Hill and Jewish communities everywhere And follow George Will and Tom Friedman in saying whatever...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 27, 2018
Last comment by Heidi B , on Dec 23, 2018 at 9:15 pm | 75 comments | 11639 Views


Palo Alto Measures E, F and Z

I will vote yes on Z the school bond proposal and yes (reluctantly) on E the hotel tax increase for infrastructure/ I will vote no on Measure F asking Palo Alto...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 12, 2018
Last comment by NO on Measure Z, Approve a Better Bond, on Nov 3, 2018 at 8:01 pm | 8 comments | 12558 Views


I Will Vote No on Prop 10

Some residents locally and throughout the region have experienced very large rent increases in recent years. These increases often create emotional and financial...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 5, 2018
Last comment by Class Act, on Oct 12, 2018 at 8:51 am | 83 comments | 12037 Views


Would You Support a Housing Bond in Palo Alto

On Tuesday the residents of Emeryville passed a $50 million dollar housing bond meaning that more than 2/3 of voters supported the bond. The details I could find...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 8, 2018
Last comment by Sanctimonious City, on Aug 22, 2018 at 6:14 pm | 55 comments | 11857 Views


Retail's Real Estate Glut is Growing

That is the headline in a Business Week article this week. Last year 105 million square feet of retail space was announced for closure and this year so far the...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 21, 2018
Last comment by Denis Bill, on Jul 20, 2018 at 2:52 am | 15 comments | 16374 Views


California is Now the 5th Largest World Economy in Terms of GDP

By itself passing Great Britain is no big deal--we could as easily be 1% larger or smaller and in any event India will eventually rise to number 5. Nor as we...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 8, 2018
Last comment by resident, on May 26, 2018 at 10:36 am | 24 comments | 17348 Views


I Do Not Drive or Bike But Want Better Mobility Options for Those Who and Those Who Don't

I would drive a car and ride a bike if my eyesight permitted so this is a lifestyle I have had to accommodate to and think about. As a non driver or biker, I...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 2, 2018
Last comment by mv voice, on May 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm | 6 comments | 13918 Views


Expanding the taxation of online sales

Tomorrow the Supreme Court will take up a case to overturn a 1990s decision (the Quill case) that prohibited states from collecting sales tax from online sales where...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 16, 2018
Last comment by brick and mortah, on Apr 21, 2018 at 11:53 am | 7 comments | 13577 Views


Recent Tariff Proposals are Bad Policy

In January the administration announced tariff hikes on solar panels and washing machines. yesterday tariff increases were proposed for steel and aluminum. The...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 2, 2018
Last comment by Sanctimonious City, on Mar 29, 2018 at 11:33 am | 20 comments | 15429 Views


Sharing A Column About a Brilliant Teacher Idea

My wife found this article and everyone we have showed it to has gone wow including our friend in the Ravenswood School District who will share it there. Glennon...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 17, 2018
Last comment by AP, on Feb 27, 2018 at 9:10 pm | 7 comments | 10290 Views


A New Way to Think About High Speed Rail

I was on the original consultant team in 1998. I thought the project design and ridership projections had serious flaws. I voted against the high speed rail (HSR)...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 18, 2017
Last comment by Philip Clock, on Dec 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm | 19 comments | 13647 Views


The Retail Implications of the Comp Plan

The retail scene is changing. Online sales have led to large numbers of store closings all around the country—in affluent and less affluent areas alike. Shopping...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 4, 2017
Last comment by PA Grandma, on Nov 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm | 12 comments | 11271 Views


The Fiscal Implications of the Comp Plan

A fiscal impact study was conducted on Comp Plan alternatives that include a range of growth both higher and lower than the council’s preferred growth scenario. The...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 27, 2017
Last comment by Chris, on Nov 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm | 8 comments | 8977 Views
<< < 1 2 3 4 5 > >>
Page 2 of 13

Stay informed.

Get the day's top headlines from Almanac Online sent to your inbox in the Express newsletter.

Arya Steakhouse, a standby for steaks and Persian cuisine, moves to downtown Palo Alto
By The Peninsula Foodist | 0 comments | 3,013 views

“To get the full value of joy . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,287 views

We need an audit of city spending
By Diana Diamond | 3 comments | 1,187 views