Palo Alto Weekly

News - June 4, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Board of Education (June 1)

New theater at Paly: The board discussed plans to construct a new, 600-seat, 29,000-square-foot theater at Palo Alto High School for a projected cost of $22.4 million. Action: None

2010-11 budget: The board discussed a proposed operating budget for 2010-11 of $154.5 million. Action: None

Policy and Services Committee (June 1)

Council work plan: The committee reviewed and approved the City Council's work plan for 2010. The discussion focused on the council priorities of Community Collaborative for Youth Health and Well-Being, and Land Use and Transportation. Yes: Price, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Holman

Planning and Transportation Commission (June 2)

Stanford Hospital: The commission discussed the Project Description, Land Use, Population and Housing, and Public Service chapters of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University's proposed expansion of its hospital facilities. Commissioners said they were concerned about the project's incompatibility with the city's Comprehensive Plan. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (June 2)

Long-term strategy: The commission discussed the city's Long-Term Electric Acquisition Plan and the Gas Utility Long-Term Plan. Action: None

Efficiency financing: The commission heard a staff presentation on the city's energy-efficiency loan programs for fiscal year 2012. Action: None

Calaveras Reserve: The commission recommended approving a proposal to use $75,000 from the Calaveras Reserve Funds for an Energy/Compost Feasibility Study and the initial environmental review for the proposed composting facility. Yes: Waldfogel, Eglash, Berry, Foster No: Melton Absent: Ameri, Keller

Infrastructure Task Force: The commission appointed John Melton as its representative on the new Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission. Yes: Waldfogel, Eglash, Berry, Foster Abstained: Melton Absent: Ameri, Keller

High-Speed Rail Committee (June 3)

High-speed rail: The committee discussed the proposed high-speed-rail project; the core message of the Peninsula Cities Consortium, pending legislation relating to high-speed rail and the status of the city's requests for information from the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (June 3)

Stanford Hospital expansion: The board saw a video simulation and held a public hearing to review Stanford University Medical Center's proposed hospital expansion. The board focused on the Hoover Pavilion parking structure, the new Hoover Pavilion Medical Office Building, and the remodeling of the existing Hoover Pavilion. Action: None

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