By Steve Levy
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About this blog: I grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the area in 1963 when I started graduate school at Stanford. Nancy and I were married in 1977 and we lived for nearly 30 years in the Duveneck school area. Our children went to Paly. We moved ... (More)
About this blog: I grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the area in 1963 when I started graduate school at Stanford. Nancy and I were married in 1977 and we lived for nearly 30 years in the Duveneck school area. Our children went to Paly. We moved downtown in 2006 and enjoy being able to walk to activities. I do not drive and being downtown where I work and close to the CalTrain station and downtown amenities makes my life more independent. I have worked all my life as an economist focusing on the California economy. My work centers around two main activities. The first is helping regional planning agencies such as ABAG understand their long-term growth outlook. I do this for several regional planning agencies in northern, southern and central coast California. My other main activity is studying workforce trends and policy implications both as a professional and as a volunteer member of the NOVA (Silicon Valley) and state workforce boards. The title of the blog is Invest and Innovate and that is what I believe is the imperative for our local area, region, state and nation. That includes investing in people, in infrastructure and in making our communities great places to live and work. I served on the recent Palo Alto Infrastructure Commission. I also believe that our local and state economy benefits from being a welcoming community, which mostly we are a leader in, for people of all religions, sexual preferences and places of birth. (Hide)
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Another Way to Help Our Local Low Wage Workers
Uploaded: Mar 17, 2020
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 it was safe for them to move about. It is a small gesture but one that all of us who are able can do for the people who help us in our homes.
The post got a large response from Palo Altans and friends across the state who are doing the same thing.
The heavy lifting will need to come from sick leave, unemployment benefit and other assistance from the federal government, which hopefully might actually happen.
But helping the people who serve us in our home is one thing we can do and join with people here and around the country in showing that we can come together in a crisis and all that can chip in to help others.
What is it worth to you?
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