Church renovation: The council approved a proposal by Embarcadero Capital Partners to renovate the historic building at 661 Bryant St., and to build a new mezzanine with office space. The building formerly housed the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Scharff, Schmidt, Klein, Holman, Price, Yeh Recused: Shepherd
Lytton Plaza: The council voted to initiate the renaming process for Lytton Plaza. The process was prompted by a request from Chop Keenan and Friends of Lytton Plaza to rename the plaza Thoits Plaza. Yes: Unanimous
Police union: The council voted to defer salary increases for members of the Palo Alto Police Officers' Association for one year and to extend the city's current contract with the police union until 2011. Yes: Unanimous
Palo Alto Board of Education (Jan. 12)
Parcel tax: The school board voted to place a parcel tax on the May 4 ballot. The $589-per-parcel annual tax would replace the current $493-per-parcel tax, run for six years and carry an optional exemption for property owners 65 and older. Yes: Unanimous
Planning and Transportation Commission (Jan. 13)
El Camino Real intersection: The commission voted unanimously in favor of proposed renovations at the intersection of El Camino Real and Stanford Avenue. Changes include sidewalk bulbouts, new street furniture and lighting fixtures and a widened median in the middle of the crosswalk.
Comprehensive Plan: The commission discussed the Business Element programs and policies in the city's Comprehensive Plan. The discussion was part of the commission's ongoing revision of the Comprehensive Plan.