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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 stephen levy, on Jul 3, 2020 at 1:59 pm | 12 comments | 1948 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 Jun 20, 2020 at 10:09 am | 34 comments | 4845 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 | 3057 Views

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A Slow Economic Recovery Ahead--What do You Need to See Before the Economy Reopens

Dear Mayor Fine and council members, You are aware of the many health related prerequisites for reopening parts of the economy. And you are aware that reopening...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 13, 2020
Last comment by the trump pandemic response, on Apr 18, 2020 at 11:37 am | 37 comments | 5104 Views

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Another Way to Help Our Local Low Wage Workers

Yesterday I posted on Facebook that Nancy and I were asking the people who help us in our home (like cleaners) to stay home and we would cover their full pay until...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 17, 2020
Last comment by Rick, on Apr 4, 2020 at 10:38 am | 18 comments | 4046 Views

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Economic Responses to the Coronavirus

There are four immediate and several medium term responses that would help mitigate the pain and support the economy to the extend possible. The immediate measures...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 12, 2020
Last comment by protect the po' rich folk first, on Mar 16, 2020 at 6:51 am | 6 comments | 2719 Views

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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 | 7581 Views

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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 | 6663 Views

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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 | 4062 Views

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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 | 6406 Views

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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 | 4440 Views

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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 | 10059 Views

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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 | 4819 Views

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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 | 7739 Views

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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 | 9096 Views

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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
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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 | 8406 Views

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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 | 8144 Views

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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 | 13138 Views

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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 | 13613 Views
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Bay Area and Palo Alto RHNA
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