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State Climate Change Legislation

This week the state legislature is debating a bill that would set a goal of reducing gasoline consumption by 59% by 2030. The San Jose Mercury News had an interesting...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 8, 2015
Last comment by cyclinger, on Nov 25, 2015 at 12:58 am | 8 comments | 12662 Views

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Options for Addressing the Rapid Rise in Regional Rents: More Housing?, Rent Control? Other Solutions?

Rent increases have far outpaced income gains during the economic recovery and are at record levels in terms of affordability. Many residents have had to move as...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 31, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Nov 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm | 66 comments | 17680 Views

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Update on the Economy

I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. The Bottom Line ? The state and national economy are growing ? The economic recovery will be long and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 23, 2010
Last comment by Doyle, on Nov 10, 2015 at 10:17 am | 13 comments | 19017 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 | 11949 Views

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Do we want a palo alto where only the rich can move here to live

I don't. I remember meeting Greg Schmid when I played a small role in his school board campaign. We were both economists and were making a decent living but...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 11, 2015
Last comment by senor verde, on Oct 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm | 139 comments | 23397 Views

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CAC Transportation Element Comp Plan Disucssion

This is the memo that was publcly distributed at the last Comp Plan Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. Other memos and comments were distributed as well. DATE: ...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 22, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Oct 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm | 7 comments | 10630 Views

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Santa Clara County 2016 Transportation Ballot Measure

The San Jose Mercury News reported today on the preliminary wish list of projects for the 2016 county sales tax measure for transportation.

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 14, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Sep 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm |
8 comments | 11168 Views

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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 Crescent Park Dad, on Sep 8, 2015 at 10:39 am | 10 comments | 12307 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 | 12734 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 | 13534 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 | 12052 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 | 12442 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 | 12665 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 | 13416 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 | 16342 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 | 13428 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 | 14031 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 | 14414 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 | 14008 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 | 14633 Views
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