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PUBLIC AGENDA: 101 bike bridge, JJ&F replacement, school board retreat

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week:

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss existing litigation, Markman v. City of Palo Alto. The council will then consider approving new contracts for the Service Employees' International Union Local 521 hourly employees; approve a design contract for the Embarcadero Road satellite parking project; approve a contract with the American Institute of Architects California Council to manage the design competition for the bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101; consider approving J&A Family Market as the grocery store tenant at College Terrace Centre; and consider a resolution transferring the operation of the Palo Alto Airport from Santa Clara County to the city. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hold a two-day retreat to discuss goals and priorities. The meetings are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, and Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the University Club of Palo Alto, 3277 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto. At some point Wednesday afternoon, probably about 2:30, board members will adjourn to closed session to discuss the evaluation process for Superintendent Glenn "Max" McGee. Read the agenda here

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to amend the Municipal Code to clarify the City Auditor's role and reflect changes in auditing practices; and review the draft 2014 State and Federal Legislative Program Manual. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss reforms to the city's "planned community" zoning process and consider a tentative map for six condominium units in an approved building at 405 Curtner Ave. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to conduct performance evaluations for the city auditor and city clerk. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here

COUNCIL REGIONAL HOUSING MANDATE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 270 Forest Ave. Read the agenda here

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear an update on the Microenterprise Assistance Program and hear a report from its subcommittee regarding additional funding for the fiscal year 2015 Human Services Resources Allocation Process. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here

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Posted by Board of Education
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2014 at 1:27 am

For PAUSD Board, a good goal is to overhaul Special Education following all the failures of the past year:

-Get a more senior person to head Special Education and better advise the Board so they don't look bad
-Stop bullying of the disabled
-Eliminate any goals to maximize full inclusion at all costs. Provide the right programs to children instead.
-Eliminate any rewards for removing children from Special Education. Eliminate rewards for refusing placements in special education classes, NPS, or programs kids need. Doing the wrong thing leads to crisis and leads to more costs in the long run. Reward providing the correct service to teach disabled children.
-Eliminate the culture of disrespect for families of the disabled
-Eliminate incentives to keep children in wrong placements until they are violent or fail. Do it right the first time. Fix it promptly if you do it wrong.
-Do not allow District to blame Mental health needs of some children for costs. Just help them.
-Get new law firms who respect families, and who are not using the Board for their political goals.
-Leave the NSBA unless they can provide goals that align with families in your District. Families do not need to pay taxes to support an organization that works against their children.
-Retrain all Special Education staff. Use Educators, do not allow any training by lawyers.


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Posted by bike bridge
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 12, 2014 at 8:51 am

Check out this fancy new bicycle bridge that Copenhagen just built for $5 million. Why is Palo Alto budgeting $15 million for our bridge? Web Link


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