Palo Alto Weekly

News - September 24, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Sept. 20)

High-speed rail: The council adopted a no-confidence resolution and voted in a closed session to sue the California High-Speed Rail Authority over its recently certified Program Environmental Impact Report. Yes: Unanimous

Refuse rate: The council voted to increase the residential refuse rate by 6 percent for all containers and to increase the commercial rate by 9 percent. Yes: Unanimous

City Council (Sept. 21)

Recruitment: The council interviewed three executive recruitment firms as part of its effort to find Palo Alto's next city attorney. The three firms are Ralph Andersen & Associates, William Avery & Associates and Bob Murray & Associates. The council is scheduled to select one of the firms at its Sept. 27 meeting. Action: None

Finance Committee (Sept. 21)

Cash handling: The committee discussed the recent report from the City Auditor's Office about the city's cash-handling operations and travel-expense reimbursements. The committee heard a presentation from Administrative Services Director Lalo Perez about staff responses to the audit's recommendations and voted to forward the report to the full council. Yes: Unanimous

City-School Liaison Committee (Sept. 22)

School enrollment and housing: Representatives of the City Council and the Board of Education exchanged information about school-enrollment projections and new housing units. Action: None

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