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Two New Thoughts About High Speed Rail

At the end of this blog I invite comments on two thoughts related to high sped rail (HSR) in California: --Will the spread of options like Uber, Lyft, Zipcar...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 30, 2014
Last comment by sally, on Feb 3, 2016 at 1:37 am | 49 comments | 23627 Views

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Bay Area Population Growth Leads State

The California Department of Finance (DOF) released new and revised county population estimates for July 2010—July 2015. Their press release and accompanying...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 19, 2015
Last comment by ivg, on Jan 28, 2016 at 8:15 am | 15 comments | 14111 Views

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Public Service when you Work for a Large Organization

This topic has come up currently with regard to public service by employees of Palantir. But such public service has a long history in Palo Alto and is the topic...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Dec. 6, 2015
Last comment by Palo alto does not have a seedy downtown, on Dec 10, 2015 at 12:08 pm | 34 comments | 14786 Views

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Neighborhood Retail, Customers and Parking

The recently announced closing of two retail outlets on California Avenue brought an outpouring of sadness from former patrons and residents who wish for more neighborhood...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 29, 2015
Last comment by Allen Akin, on Dec 6, 2015 at 4:56 pm | 43 comments | 14501 Views

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State Climate Change Legislation

This week the state legislature is debating a bill that would set a goal of reducing gasoline consumption by 59% by 2030. The San Jose Mercury News had an interesting...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 8, 2015
Last comment by cyclinger, on Nov 25, 2015 at 12:58 am | 8 comments | 13749 Views

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Options for Addressing the Rapid Rise in Regional Rents: More Housing?, Rent Control? Other Solutions?

Rent increases have far outpaced income gains during the economic recovery and are at record levels in terms of affordability. Many residents have had to move as...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 31, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Nov 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm | 66 comments | 18968 Views

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Update on the Economy

I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. The Bottom Line ? The state and national economy are growing ? The economic recovery will be long and...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Nov. 23, 2010
Last comment by Doyle, on Nov 10, 2015 at 10:17 am | 13 comments | 20191 Views

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Do you support more housing choices for older residents

Thank you all for participating in the last blog. At this point we have 133 comments and over 5,000 views. My next question is "Do you want to provide more choices...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 17, 2015
Last comment by stephen levy, on Oct 30, 2015 at 12:32 pm | 28 comments | 13021 Views

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Do we want a palo alto where only the rich can move here to live

I don't. I remember meeting Greg Schmid when I played a small role in his school board campaign. We were both economists and were making a decent living but...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 11, 2015
Last comment by senor verde, on Oct 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm | 139 comments | 25222 Views

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CAC Transportation Element Comp Plan Disucssion

This is the memo that was publcly distributed at the last Comp Plan Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting. Other memos and comments were distributed as well. DATE: ...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 22, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Oct 6, 2015 at 3:59 pm | 7 comments | 11795 Views

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Santa Clara County 2016 Transportation Ballot Measure

The San Jose Mercury News reported today on the preliminary wish list of projects for the 2016 county sales tax measure for transportation.

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 14, 2015
Last comment by Curmudgeon, on Sep 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm |
8 comments | 12170 Views

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The U.S. Economy, China and the Stock Market

The U.S. economy posted continuing modest economic indicators in August including a sharp upward revision to second quarter GDP, a good housing report, rising consumer...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 29, 2015
Last comment by Crescent Park Dad, on Sep 8, 2015 at 10:39 am | 10 comments | 13307 Views

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Jobs Update

The July jobs report was issued yesterday by the state Employment Development Department and it was a standout month for job growth in the state and region. More...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Aug. 22, 2015
Last comment by retiree, on Aug 29, 2015 at 8:10 am | 10 comments | 13704 Views

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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 | 14766 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 | 13116 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 | 13628 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 | 13753 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 | 14505 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 | 17303 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 | 14419 Views
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