Palo Alto Weekly

News - March 19, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (March 15)

High-speed rail: The council discussed the latest state legislation pertaining to the proposed high-speed rail project and the California High-Speed Rail Authority's recently revised program Environmental Impact Report for the Bay Area-to-Central Valley segment of the rail line. Action: None

Farmers market: The council voted to approve a staff proposal for a new farmers market on Lytton Plaza. The market would be self-sustaining and would be open on Wednesday afternoons. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh, Holman, Shepherd, Price Absent: Klein

Stanford water: The council voted to approve the water assessment for Stanford University's hospital expansion project. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh, Shepherd, Price No: Holman Absent: Klein

City Council Finance Committee (March 16)

Landfill: The committee discussed signing a 20-year contract with four landfill-gas power plants owned by Amaresco. The committee decided not to sign the contracts until city officials have a broader discussion about Palo Alto's renewable-energy goals. Yes: Unanimous

City Council High-Speed Rail Committee (March 18)

High-speed rail: The board discussed the city's strategies for public outreach and pending state legislation. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (March 18)

222 University Ave.: The board approved a proposal for a new front fašade and awnings at the existing retail building at 222 University Ave. Yes: Unanimous

1213 Newell Road: The board approved a request by the city's Utilities Department for construction of an emergency water-well facility next to the Community Gardens at Main Library. Yes: Unanimous

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