Palo Alto Weekly

News - September 3, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

High-Speed Rail Committee (Aug. 30)

Alternatives analysis: The committee discussed the design alternatives for the Peninsula segment of California's proposed high-speed rail line. The committee also discussed but did not vote on Larry Klein's proposal to take a stance against the high-speed rail project. Action: None

Historic Resources Board (Sept. 1)

405 Lincoln Ave.: The board discussed but did not vote on a proposal to replace a single-family residence at 405 Lincoln Ave. Action: None

City/School Liaison Committee (Sept. 1)

Enrollment, housing, mental health, traffic: City Council representatives Greg Schmid and Nancy Shepherd and Board of Education representatives Dana Tom and Camille Townsend discussed school enrollment, scheduling of the housing element of the city's Comprehensive Plan, student mental health and school traffic concerns. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (Sept. 1)

610 Los Trancos Road: The commission held a site and design review for 610 Los Trancos Road, a proposal for a new roof structure over an existing hockey and tennis facility. The committee voted to continue the item and review the project at a future date, on the consent calendar. Yes: Fineberg, Keller, Lippert, Martinez No: Garber, Tanaka, Tuma

Green building: The commission discussed potential changes to the city's Green Building code in light of CalGreen, a statewide building code that will go in effect in January. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (Sept. 1)

Proposition 23: The commission voted to recommend that the City Council oppose Proposition 23, which would suspend Assembly Bill 32, "The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006." Yes: Unanimous

Electricity acquisition: The commission approved a strategic plan for long-term electricity acquisition. The commission voted unanimously on most of the items in the electricity plan, but voted 4-3 on whether the city should evaluate the feasibility of building a local 25-megawatt to 50-megawatt generating facility in the city. Yes: Berry, Eglash, Melton, Waldfogel No: Cook, Foster, Keller

Gas acquisition: The commission adopted new strategic plans for long-term gas acquisition.Yes: Berry, Cook, Eglash, Foster, Melton, Waldfogel No: Waldfogel

High-Speed Rail Committee (Sept. 2)

No confidence: The committee passed a resolution declaring "No Confidence" in the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the rail project as presently planned. Yes: Unanimous

Architectural Review Board (Sept. 2)

Mosque revisions: The board voted to approve the applicant's changes to the proposed mosque at 998 San Antonio Road. Yes: Unanimous

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