Mayoral elections: The Palo Alto City Council unanimously elected Pat Burt to serve as mayor and Sid Espinosa to serve as vice mayor in 2010. Council members Karen Holman, Gail Price, Gregory Scharff, Nancy Shepherd and Larry Klein were sworn in.
Utilities Advisory Commission (Jan. 6)
Water efficiency: The commission discussed a staff proposal for a new water-efficiency ordinance for landscaping at new and rehabilitated developments. Commissioners will continue the discussion at their February meeting. Action: None
Ballot initiative: The commission voted to recommend opposing a ballot initiative backed by PG&E that would create a 2/3 voter requirement for public electricity providers. Yes: Unanimous
Architectural Review Board (Jan. 7)
El Camino Real: The board discussed proposed changes to the intersection of El Camino Real and Stanford Avenue. Board members supported most of the plan, but recommended installing new lighting fixtures, improving the drainage system and replacing the red maples in the proposal with more drought-tolerant species. Yes: Unanimous