Palo Alto Weekly

News - February 5, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Feb. 1)

Ballot initiative: The council voted to oppose Proposition 16, a ballot initiative backed by PG&E that would create a 2/3 voting requirement for public electricity providers that wish to expand service area or purchase infrastructure. Yes: Unanimous

Private streets: The council voted to amend the definition of "private street" in the city's Municipal Code to conform to a new ordinance setting a width limit for private streets at new developments. Yes: Unanimous

Historic Resources Board (Feb. 3)

358 Addison Ave.: The board recommended approving a proposed restoration, alteration and two-story addition to the Queen Anne residence at 358 Addison Ave., which was constructed in 1894. Yes: Unanimous

Utilities Advisory Commission (Feb. 3)

Efficiency goals: The commission discussed a preliminary analysis of the city's 10-year electric-efficiency goals for the period 2011 to 2020. Action: None

Long-term projections:The commission heard presentations on long-term financial projections and revenue requirements for the city's water, gas and electric funds. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (Feb. 4)

1700 Embarcadero Road: The board recommended approval of a proposal by Stoecker and Northway Architects on behalf of Wu-chung Hsiang and Vicky Ching to build a four-story hotel and restaurant at the Ming's Restaurant site. The board recommended more accent colors near the entry to the development and landscaping changes at the site's east elevation. Yes: Unanimous

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