Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 29, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Jan. 25)

Auditor's annual report: The council deferred in-depth discussion to the annual retreat on Saturday, Jan. 30, on the annual Service Efforts and Accomplishments Report for fiscal year 2009. Yes: Unanimous

Plaza naming: The council agreed to name a plaza adjacent to the High Street garage Anna Zschokke Plaza. Yes: Unanimous

2010 Federal Appropriations requests: The council approved the city's 2010 federal and state legislative program. Yes: Unanimous

Salinity reduction: The council adopted a resolution establishing a salinity-reduction policy for recycled water. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Holman, Yeh

High-speed rail funding: The council appropriated $88,000 from the Council Contingency Account to fund efforts and a lobbyist related to high-speed rail issues. Yes: Unanimous

Budget transfer: The council adopted an ordinance authorizing the closing of the 2009 fiscal year budget and reinstated an $809,000 transfer from the General Fund budget to the Technology Fund in fiscal year 2010. Yes: Unanimous

Parks and Recreation Commission (Jan. 26)

Lytton Plaza: The commission voted 4-2 not to change the name of Lytton Plaza to Thoits Plaza. Yes: Dykwel, Markevitch No: Crommie, Davidson, Losch, Walsh Absent: King

Youth and teen health: The commission received an update on the Community Taskforce for Youth and Teen Health and Wellness. Action: None

Board of Education (Jan. 26)

School building: The board approved schematic designs for a two-story math-English classroom building, a world-languages building and a new gymnasium at Gunn High School. The board also approved schematic designs for a two-story math-social studies building and a new media-arts building at Palo Alto High School. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (Jan. 27)

High-speed rail: The commission held a study session on the proposed state high-speed rail project. Action: None

Comprehensive Plan: The commission reviewed the community services and facilities element of the Comprehensive Plan. Action: None

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