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California's Budget Deficit and Debt

First a couple of numbers. After the spending reductions adopted in March and the additional income tax revenue that was reported in April, California now faces...

Original post made by Steve Levy on May. 18, 2011
Last comment by Perspective, on May 30, 2011 at 7:41 am | 38 comments | 4187 Views


Should Zoning Ever Change

My answer is yes just as it is for laws regarding civil rights when I was growing up in the 1950s or for laws regarding gay marriage or a women's right to choose....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jan. 3, 2014
Last comment by Ban PC, on Jan 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm | 38 comments | 27964 Views


Smart Growth Principles ARE Smart

The term smart growth is used to describe a perspective on how our region's growth, particularly the housing growth, should be located. It is separate from the discussion...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Jun. 13, 2014
Last comment by Wrong, on Jun 20, 2014 at 7:22 pm | 38 comments | 21140 Views


Why Are You Supporting Measure A

There is already a Town Square blog thread for people who oppose Measure A. This blog is for people to share why they support continuing and increasing the parcel...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Apr. 5, 2015
Last comment by village fool, on Apr 21, 2015 at 12:27 am | 38 comments | 20860 Views


I am Voting Yes on Measure B the Sales Tax for Transportation

Santa Clara County Measure B proposes a half-cent increase in the sale tax to raise approximately $6.3 billion for transportation investments over the next 30 years....

Original post made by Steve Levy on Sep. 24, 2016
Last comment by Taxpayer, on Oct 22, 2016 at 1:10 am | 38 comments | 22954 Views


Dare to be Fair Vote No on Prop 15

I was brought up to believe I should help pay for the public services I want. So I support school bonds and parcel taxes as a long-term investment and in gratitude...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Oct. 10, 2020
Last comment by kodaikanal rooms, on Jan 6, 2021 at 5:56 am | 38 comments | 13569 Views


Cheesecake Factory Palo Alto to close

After more than a decade of serving its vast menu at 375 University Ave. in Palo Alto, The Cheesecake Factory will close in May. Alethea Rowe, senior director...

Original post made by Elena Kadvany on Apr. 9, 2018
Last comment by Leah, on Jun 21, 2018 at 11:55 am | 38 comments | 44243 Views


The Regional part of the Regional Housing Needs Determination Process

Housing policy will be a major topic in the upcoming Comp Plan update. There are a variety of viewpoints regarding what is best for Palo Alto. This memo focuses...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Mar. 14, 2015
Last comment by curmudgeon, on Mar 23, 2015 at 10:51 am | 37 comments | 18189 Views


Palo Alto's Culture War: Analytics vs. Aspirationals

Many assessments of why the debate on Measure D was so bitter and divisive incorrectly cast it as a series of individual, isolated mistakes. Instead much of it was...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Nov. 10, 2013
Last comment by stephen levy, on Nov 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm | 37 comments | 25912 Views


Skeptical of the "skeptics" but not the advocates?

In another blog on this site "^Skeptics, Dupes and Paranoids^" about the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Sep. 22, 2019
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm | 37 comments | 9570 Views


On Deadline blog: Are there parallels between today's Palo Alto growth fights and the city's 1960s war?

A longtime friend and observer of Palo Alto issues and politics asked me an interesting question recently: Is there a parallel between today's neighborhood-level...

Original post made by Jay Thorwaldson on Jul. 22, 2013
Last comment by Just for the record, on Jul 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm | 37 comments | 1547 Views


Would you take a bus to LA?

Buses are climate-friendly, cheap to ride, and don’t require any special tracks or right of ways. They are an important transportation alternative on our warming...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 28, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 8, 2019 at 7:39 pm | 37 comments | 24742 Views


Relaxing the Height Limit for Housing with Conditions

Palo Alto has a 50 foot height limit for new buildings although there are provisions for exemptions in certain circumstances. The origin as I remember was around...

Original post made by Steve Levy on Feb. 6, 2016
Last comment by Steve Levy, on Feb 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm | 37 comments | 17318 Views


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 | 10064 Views


Can Palo Alto Afford the Vanity of its Ruling Elite? Part 1 of an infinite series: Intro and Fiber-to-the-Premises

"Ruling elite" in the title is meant to provoke thought about how far the priorities of the decision-makers diverge from those of the typical resident. One of the...

Original post made by Douglas Moran on Oct. 31, 2013
Last comment by Douglas Moran, on Nov 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm | 37 comments | 52645 Views


Constitution Guarantees Nationwide Right to Same-Sex Marriage

"In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage...

Original post made by Chandrama Anderson on Jun. 26, 2015
Last comment by Chandrama Anderson, on Aug 2, 2015 at 10:39 am | 37 comments | 32564 Views



Fire I'll take you to burn Fire I'll take you to learn I'll see you burn!!! You fought hard and you saved and learned But all of it's going to...

Original post made by Laura Stec on Oct. 13, 2017
Last comment by foodie, on Oct 30, 2017 at 10:36 am | 37 comments | 17029 Views


Get Rid of Those Roundabouts!

Roundabouts are the new “in” thing for Palo Alto’s Transportation Department – and these drivable road circles are part of an $9.6 million...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jun. 14, 2018
Last comment by Resident, on Jul 30, 2018 at 10:04 pm | 37 comments | 17815 Views


Q: In what country is Venice, Italy located? A: Paris. Q: What is the biggest city in the world? A: Asia?

A segment of one of Jay Leno’s TVs shows had a man-on-the-street interview, this time with some older teens and young adults in their early twenties. The questions...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Jul. 6, 2021
Last comment by Devon Wilson, on Jul 14, 2021 at 11:01 am | 37 comments | 15341 Views


Just What Is Sexual Harassment Today?

I don’t know what our society thinks sexual harassment is these days. Our standards seem to change over time, and what was “permissible,” say 20...

Original post made by Diana Diamond on Aug. 5, 2021
Last comment by Harold Beasley, on Aug 11, 2021 at 7:17 am | 37 comments | 10896 Views
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