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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 | 12087 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 | 10821 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 | 11148 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 | 11504 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 | 12365 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 | 14588 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 | 12283 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 | 12824 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 | 13276 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 | 12834 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 | 13457 Views

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The Connection Between Buena Vista and Measure A

I support finding a way for the middle and high school students who live at Buena Vista to complete their education in Palo Alto. I feel this way not because Palo...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 25, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on May 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm | 14 comments | 12557 Views

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Why Are You Supporting Measure A

There is already a Town Square blog thread for people who oppose Measure A. This blog is for people to share why they support continuing and increasing the parcel...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 5, 2015
Last comment by village fool, on Apr 21, 2015 at 12:27 am | 38 comments | 15079 Views

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Continuation of Office Cap Discussion

On Monday night the city council will consider direction to staff with regard to an office cap proposal for Palo Alto. I think this is a bad idea as I have written...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 22, 2015
Last comment by Alex, on Apr 6, 2015 at 10:51 pm | 20 comments | 28640 Views

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The Regional part of the Regional Housing Needs Determination Process

Housing policy will be a major topic in the upcoming Comp Plan update. There are a variety of viewpoints regarding what is best for Palo Alto. This memo focuses...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 14, 2015
Last comment by curmudgeon, on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:51 am | 37 comments | 12957 Views

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A proposal for Monday Night's Office Cap Discussion

The parking and traffic challenges being experienced in Palo Alto are real and reflect trends going on throughout the region. In Monday night's discussion about...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 28, 2015
Last comment by heh, on Mar 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm | 18 comments | 21147 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 winstal, on Feb 14, 2015 at 8:44 am | 25 comments | 16321 Views

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Letter to Council: Finding Common Ground on Addressing Climate Change

I appreciate and share the concern of councilmembers Berman, Burt, Holman and Kniss and of the faith leaders with respect to the importance of vigorously addressing...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 6, 2015
Last comment by Investment = Not Divesting, on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:15 am | 14 comments | 14836 Views

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Divestment Not a Good Way to Fight Climate Change

Next week the city council will discuss a memo from council members Berman, Burt, Holman and Kniss seeking to ask CalPERS to divest holdings in companies associated...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 1, 2015
Last comment by Resident 2, on Feb 8, 2015 at 11:35 am | 32 comments | 19051 Views

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Letter to Council: Focus Directly on Traffic and Parking; Development Limit not most effective approach

My first understanding from personal experience and city studies is that most increases in traffic and parking have come from more intensive use of existing space...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 6, 2015
Last comment by miss the point, on Feb 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm | 3 comments | 10218 Views
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