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News - August 6, 2010

Around Town

FRESH TERMS ... Palo Alto's famously thorough Planning and Transportation Commission almost lost one of its chief skeptics Monday night. Arthur Keller, who has been on the commission for four years, barely retained his seat on the influential board after only five council members voted to reappoint him to the commission. Keller, the commission's resident data cruncher and master of analogies (in recent years, he has turned hamburgers, horses, pigs, pythons and mice into housing and traffic metaphors), was reappointed to another term, but only after stiff competition from school-district volunteer Sarah Carpenter. The City Council unanimously voted to reappoint the commission's Vice Chair Samir Tuma to another term, but barely reached consensus when voting on Keller's seat. The majority ultimately opted for stability. Council members Greg Schmid, Karen Holman, Yiaway Yeh, Sid Espinosa and Gail Price voted to elect Keller to a fresh four-year term. Mayor Pat Burt and council members Larry Klein, Nancy Shepherd and Greg Scharff voted for Carpenter.

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