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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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 favorites) and asked could we donate so they could make salads for the food closet.
The idea was well received and if you go to their website Sprout
you can donate. Our donation matched by a friend allowed Sprout to make 250 salads,
Since then others have donated and they have expanded the donated food to other local organizations AND that allowed them to move their closing time from 2 pm to 6 pm AND hire more staff back.
Coupa Cafe Coupa
also has a donation program for meals for frontline folks at Stanford Hospital as well as a new grocery service. This has allowed them to expand hours and hire back some staff.
If you know of other such opportunities, please share.