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Housing Element Update

The state Housing and Community Development (HCD) agency has assigned a reviewer for the Palo Alto draft Housing Element (HE). The reviewer has until the end of...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 8, 2023
Last comment by Steven Goldstein, on May 8, 2023 at 10:44 pm | 22 comments | 6268 Views

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Congratulation to Alta Housing on the Opening of Wilton Court

Shortly the Wilton Court housing project for low-income residents including 21 units for developmentally disabled adults will welcome new residents. Sheryl Klein...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 23, 2022
Last comment by Paly Grad, on Nov 15, 2022 at 9:48 pm | 7 comments | 7300 Views

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The Benefits of Adding Market-Rate Housing in Palo Alto

Adding housing for residents who make more than 120% of the area median income is the largest component (2,621 of 6,086) or over 40% of Palo Alto’s RHNA housing...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 22, 2022
Last comment by Cecily Tavares, on Oct 3, 2022 at 12:51 pm | 16 comments | 5260 Views

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The Benefits of Selective Height Increases for Housing Projects

The staff report for the PTC June meeting on Housing Element update programs suggested and PTC adopted some proposed height limit increases for housing on the Stanford...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 9, 2022
Last comment by Beverly Yount, on Sep 17, 2022 at 11:30 am | 5 comments | 6789 Views

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I support conversion of office space to housing on West Bayshore

Dear Mayor Burt and Councilmembers, I write in support of Summerhill Homes’ development proposal at 2850 West Bayshore Road. Both the staff and PTC have brought...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 19, 2022
Last comment by PH, on Jun 25, 2022 at 9:05 am | 12 comments | 4571 Views

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I would like to support a new business tax

Dear Mayor Burt and Council members, I read in the Daily Post that you were sent an analysis by Joint Venture Silicon Valley's research group comparing your proposed...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 17, 2022
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 18, 2022 at 2:53 pm | 2 comments | 5799 Views

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My letter to council on the proposed business tax

Dear Mayor Burt and council members, In 2019 I publicly supported the business tax being discussed at the Finance Committee and consultant findings. But I...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 11, 2022
Last comment by Betty Lange, on Jun 11, 2022 at 2:06 pm | 3 comments | 5424 Views

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Increasing the Number of Customers for Palo Alto's Small Businesses

Many small businesses including in Palo Alto are struggling to remain viable and open. Challenging factors include online shopping eating into retail store sales,...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 14, 2022
Last comment by Julian Lopez, on Apr 26, 2022 at 11:58 am | 18 comments | 8151 Views

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Business tax in Palo Alto

To the City Council and Finance Committee and staff I support a tax at the rates suggested by the survey results in the Finance Committee agenda packet on large...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 17, 2022
Last comment by Julia Raines, on Jan 30, 2022 at 12:44 pm | 8 comments | 8517 Views

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North Ventura Planning Area Alternatives

Dear Mayor DuBois and council members, The North Ventura planning area checks all the boxes as a great site for housing. --close to services, shopping and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 12, 2021
Last comment by marc665, on Jun 27, 2021 at 9:30 am | 4 comments | 20815 Views

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Offices Do Not Create Jobs

Companies and entrepreneurs create jobs. Offices provide space for some of these jobs but do not create them. Posters sometimes allege two “facts” that are...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 11, 2021
Last comment by lorrielsims, on Jun 18, 2021 at 9:25 am | 3 comments | 7765 Views

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Implications of Remote Work for Palo Alto

During the pandemic a growing number of workers could and chose to work remotely, mainly from home. While the number is declining as workplaces reopen, it will remain...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 6, 2021
Last comment by Consider Your Options. , on Jun 8, 2021 at 11:45 am | 3 comments | 9384 Views

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My letter to council on PHZ zoning

Dear Mayor DuBois and council members, I support maintaining the existing PHZ requirements and application at this time without adding any new restrictions on...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 11, 2021
Last comment by Staying Young Through Kids, on May 10, 2021 at 2:14 pm | 9 comments | 7271 Views

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Dare to be Fair Vote No on Prop 15

I was brought up to believe I should help pay for the public services I want. So I support school bonds and parcel taxes as a long-term investment and in gratitude...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 10, 2020
Last comment by kodaikanal rooms, on Jan 6, 2021 at 5:56 am | 38 comments | 14414 Views

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Bay Area Economic Update

Happy and I hope a better New Year, Below is the link to my December Bay Area economic update web link The...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 26, 2020
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jan 1, 2021 at 3:32 pm | 7 comments | 14704 Views

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I am Voting No on Prop 22

Prop 22 exempts app-based transportation and delivery service drivers from the requirements of AB 5. In plain English Prop 22 exempts drivers for Lyft, Uber, Doordash...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 9, 2020
Last comment by mauricio, on Oct 10, 2020 at 2:39 pm | 5 comments | 6975 Views

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I am Voting Yes on Measure RR to Provide Caltrain a Dedicated Revenue Source

Continued and expanded Caltrain service will provide benefits to residents, the environment and the economy. Conversely, the diminished or eliminated service that...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 27, 2020
Last comment by Commuter, on Oct 6, 2020 at 10:29 am | 7 comments | 8043 Views

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Bay Area and Palo Alto RHNA

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released the Regional Housing Needs Allocation for the Bay Area,. The total for the 8.5...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 30, 2020
Last comment by chris, on Aug 10, 2020 at 6:26 pm | 26 comments | 12559 Views

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I Support Helping our Local Small Businesses Start to Reopen Quickly AND

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Palo Alto was seeing small businesses close. Then it was a combination of not enough customers and rising costs. In the past...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 12, 2020
Last comment by The Business Man, on Jul 16, 2020 at 5:47 pm | 39 comments | 11235 Views

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Help Our Local Restaurants Help Needy Residents

Recently my wife went to the downtown food closet and asked what they needed most. The answer was salads. She then went to Sprout Cafe on University (one of our...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 8, 2020
Last comment by Great idea!, on May 9, 2020 at 10:24 pm | 1 comment | 8414 Views
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