Palo Alto Weekly

News - May 7, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (May 3)

2011 budget: The council heard a presentation on the fiscal year 2011 budget from City Manager James Keene. Action: None

Libraries: The commission approved a naming policy to recognize donors to city libraries. Yes: Unanimous

Energy efficiency: The council approved a 10-year energy-efficiency plan, which seeks to reduce citywide electricity consumption by 7.2 percent by 2020. Yes: Unanimous

Ameresco: The council voted to approve two 20-year energy contracts with Ameresco, which builds plants that convert landfill gas to electricity. Yes: Klein, Price, Shepherd, Espinosa, Yeh No: Scharff, Schmid, Burt, Holman

High-Speed Rail Committee (May 6)

High-speed rail: The committee discussed its guiding principals, strategic legislation relating to high-speed rail and a schedule for monthly high-speed-rail monthly updates to the council. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (May 6)

Keys School: The board voted to approve a proposal by Keys School, on behalf of First Christian Church, to replace four existing classrooms with seven new classrooms at 2890 Middlefield Road. Yes: Unanimous

Water well: The board approved a request by the Utilities Department to build a water well facility at Eleanor Pardee Park. Yes: Unanimous

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