Palo Alto Weekly

News - July 30, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (July 26)

Stanford Hospital: The council discussed the Alternatives and Mitigation sections of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project. Action: None

Rail corridor: The council voted to approve creation of a 15-member task force to assist the city with a new study of the Caltrain Corridor. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Scharff, Holman, Shepherd, Price, Yeh Absent: Schmid

Binding arbitration: The council discussed repealing the binding-arbitration provision in the City Charter. The council will vote on whether to place the repeal on the November ballot at its Aug. 2 meeting. Action: None

Parks and Recreation Commission (July 27)

Gym use policy: The commission discussed the city's gym-use policy and heard a presentation on the Middle School Athletic Program. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (July 28)

Gas and electricity: The commission discussed the city's Gas Asset and Supply Management Plan and its Long-Term Electric Acquisition Plan. The commission also discussed a colleagues' memo from the City Council regarding the development of a comprehensive energy-strategy for energy efficiency and renewables procurement. Action: None

High-Speed Rail Committee (July 29)

High-speed rail: The committee discussed the high-speed rail Technical Working Group Worksheets with engineering staff from the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (July 29)

Green buildings: The board held a study session to discuss the city's Green Building Regulations and consider adding requirements for sustainable neighborhood developments. Action: None

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