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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 | 1543 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 | 2592 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 | 4062 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 | 2980 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 | 4187 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 | 4062 Views

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Smart Growth Principles ARE Smart

The term smart growth is used to describe a perspective on how our region's growth, particularly the housing growth, should be located. It is separate from the discussion...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 13, 2014
Last comment by Wrong, on Jun 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm | 38 comments | 3873 Views

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Bay Area Residents Invest in Their Communities

The title of this blog is Invest or Die. It reflects my opinion that communities like businesses need to continually invest. There are new technologies and the continuing...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 4, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 10, 2014 at 10:33 am | 7 comments | 3090 Views

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Downtown Parking Permit Discussion

I attended the residential parking stakeholder meeting last Thursday. They seem like a hard working and smart group. I have no idea whether they will be able to...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 25, 2014
Last comment by Neilson Buchanan, on Jun 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm | 19 comments | 22868 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 Linda , on May 31, 2014 at 5:48 am | 25 comments | 4928 Views

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Palo Alto Housing Element Update

Palo Alto has begun the process of updating the City's Housing Element (HE). The process is well summarized in a memo to the Council's Regional Housing Mandate Committee...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 2, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on May 28, 2014 at 9:51 am | 25 comments | 4727 Views

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What Kind of City is Palo Alto?

Residents have been invited to participate in a discussion of "our Palo Alto" kicked off with a meeting on "Who We Are'. This post explores what kind of city we...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 12, 2014
Last comment by Garrett , on May 17, 2014 at 9:55 am | 14 comments | 5678 Views

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Most Seniors do not Need Senior Housing But Could Benefit from other Choice to Remain in Palo Alto

Palo Alto has a large number of residents aged 65 and above—17% of the city's population compared to 11% for the state and region. In addition most of the baby boom...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 22, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm | 68 comments | 24124 Views

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Allowing Unauthorized Immigrants to Learn and Earn Legally Will Help the Economy

There are approximately 2.5 million unauthorized immigrant residents in California of which approximately 1.5 million are working and another 300,000 or so are children. If...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 11, 2014
Last comment by Steve, on Apr 21, 2014 at 11:05 am | 44 comments | 15374 Views

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Improve Mobility to Address Inequality

Discussions about poverty and inequality are in the news these days. I have been asked about inequality especially in the Bay Area by several reporters recently....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 4, 2014
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Apr 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm | 36 comments | 21832 Views

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Recent Job and Population Trends

The community is about to begin a process to update the Housing Element. The central focus is on the short term from 2015 to 2023. I know that staff is especially...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 10, 2014
Last comment by Garrett , on Mar 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm | 22 comments | 5990 Views

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Planning for the Future in Palo Alto and the Region

I recently attended two meetings where the future of the region and Palo Alto were discussed. One was a class at Stanford where students presented their summary...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 27, 2014
Last comment by stephen levy, on Mar 11, 2014 at 1:49 pm | 85 comments | 7756 Views

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My Home Was Built by a Developer

Town Square is full of angry comments about developers who have built office buildings recently in Palo Alto and council action with regard to these developments. I...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 12, 2014
Last comment by Garrett83, on Feb 20, 2014 at 10:02 am | 58 comments | 8761 Views

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Economy Blog #5: Are landlords greedy?

The issue of "greedy landlords" seems to a subject of great passion and interest on Town Square. What follows is my economist perspective on the question of...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 5, 2009
Last comment by stephen levy, on Feb 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm | 10 comments | 8419 Views

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2014 Silicon Valley Index

Each year Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation publish an Index of economic, social and other indicators for the Silicon Valley...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 5, 2014
Last comment by Garrett, on Feb 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm | 3 comments | 3569 Views
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On Tour at Selective Schools: Chapman, La Verne, Redlands, Whittier
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The dress code
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. . . People will never forget how you made them feel.
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Anglo Menlo Park
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Council election, and then some.
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