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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 | 9750 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 | 9530 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 | 14400 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 | 15007 Views

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I Do Not Drive or Bike But Want Better Mobility Options for Those Who and Those Who Don't

I would drive a car and ride a bike if my eyesight permitted so this is a lifestyle I have had to accommodate to and think about. As a non driver or biker, I...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 2, 2018
Last comment by mv voice, on May 13, 2018 at 10:56 pm | 6 comments | 11896 Views

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Expanding the taxation of online sales

Tomorrow the Supreme Court will take up a case to overturn a 1990s decision (the Quill case) that prohibited states from collecting sales tax from online sales where...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 16, 2018
Last comment by brick and mortah, on Apr 21, 2018 at 11:53 am | 7 comments | 11773 Views

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Recent Tariff Proposals are Bad Policy

In January the administration announced tariff hikes on solar panels and washing machines. yesterday tariff increases were proposed for steel and aluminum. The...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 2, 2018
Last comment by Sanctimonious City, on Mar 29, 2018 at 11:33 am | 20 comments | 13349 Views

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Sharing A Column About a Brilliant Teacher Idea

My wife found this article and everyone we have showed it to has gone wow including our friend in the Ravenswood School District who will share it there. Glennon...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 17, 2018
Last comment by AP, on Feb 27, 2018 at 9:10 pm | 7 comments | 8205 Views

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A New Way to Think About High Speed Rail

I was on the original consultant team in 1998. I thought the project design and ridership projections had serious flaws. I voted against the high speed rail (HSR)...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 18, 2017
Last comment by Philip Clock, on Dec 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm | 19 comments | 11404 Views

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The Retail Implications of the Comp Plan

The retail scene is changing. Online sales have led to large numbers of store closings all around the country—in affluent and less affluent areas alike. Shopping...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 4, 2017
Last comment by PA Grandma, on Nov 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm | 12 comments | 9209 Views

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The Fiscal Implications of the Comp Plan

A fiscal impact study was conducted on Comp Plan alternatives that include a range of growth both higher and lower than the council’s preferred growth scenario. The...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 27, 2017
Last comment by Chris, on Nov 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm | 8 comments | 7003 Views

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The Comp Plan EIR--Pluses and Minuses

On Monday October 23rd the city council will begin review of the final Environmental Report (EIR) of the new Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan). The EIR has three...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 22, 2017
Last comment by chris, on Oct 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm | 23 comments | 8806 Views

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The President's Proposals for Legal Immigration Reform are Bad Economic Policy

President Trump has proposed to reform the legal immigration system by: --restricting family based immigration --keeping the 140,000 labor market based admissions...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 2, 2017
Last comment by Jose Pen, on Sep 25, 2017 at 9:16 am | 39 comments | 11323 Views

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My Quality of Life on this Father's Day

My family and I are blessed with good health. My quality of life is enhanced by 40 wonderful years with my wife Nancy. Today on FaceTime I was reminded of how much...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 18, 2017
Last comment by stephen levy, on Jun 21, 2017 at 4:31 pm | 3 comments | 8628 Views

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California Economic Trends and Policy Implications

Between 2012 and 2016 California captured 17.1% of U.S. job growth and 23.6% of U.S. GDP growth. While the Bay Area was the growth leader, the rest of the state...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 12, 2017
Last comment by Chris, on Jun 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm | 17 comments | 12206 Views

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The Joint Venture Proposition 13 Paper

Here is the link to the Joint Venture Index of Silicon Valley including the Special Analysis I wrote on Proposition 13. The purpose of the paper was to explain...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 11, 2012
Last comment by anne, on Jun 6, 2017 at 2:34 am | 31 comments | 20381 Views

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Benefit Promises that are Hard to Keep

Town Square has been filled with posts about city employee benefits for pensions and health care. The Weekly did a long article on the situation in Palo Alto. There...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jul. 14, 2012
Last comment by Jon, on Jun 5, 2017 at 1:47 am | 42 comments | 27149 Views

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All Families Pay Taxes

Every so often someone on Town Square asserts that half of the population does not pay taxes. They see that many families do not earn enough to owe state or federal...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 15, 2011
Last comment by Tax the man behind the tree, on Jun 4, 2017 at 3:39 pm | 36 comments | 19177 Views

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Help Pick My Next Blog Topic

As an experiment I am interested in readers ranking these three topics for their interest. If a topic is not of interest just leave it off the list These are...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 5, 2017
Last comment by Peter Carpenter, on Apr 12, 2017 at 10:37 am | 10 comments | 9745 Views

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Property Owners and Developers--What's with all the Demonizing

Shortly before my 75th birthday I became a commercial property owner for the first time. When my mom died I inherited 1/8 of a commercial property in Los Angeles...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 30, 2017
Last comment by Mr. Peabody, on Apr 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm | 28 comments | 17650 Views
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