Palo Alto Weekly

News - October 15, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Board of Education (Oct. 12)

Enrollment: The board heard a report on district-wide 2010-11 enrollment, which stands at 12,024, up 3 percent over last year, with most of the growth coming in the elementary grades. Action: None

Kindergarten readiness: The board heard a presentation on the first year of the three-year, foundation-funded pilot Springboard to Kindergarten program. Action: None

High school academic achievement: The board heard that Gunn and Palo Alto high schools are among the top six schools statewide in average SAT scores. Action: None

Council Appointed Officer Committee (Oct. 12)

Interim city attorney: The committee recommended appointing Assistant City Attorney Don Larkin to serve as the city's interim city attorney after Gary Baum's retirement on Oct. 30. Yes: Klein, Schmid, Espinosa Absent: Scharff

Policy and Services Committee (Oct. 12)

Project Safety Net: The committee heard a report on Project Safety Net, the community effort to promote youth well-being, and recommended that the council approve the proposed Suicide Prevention Policy. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (Oct. 13)

Green building: The commission discussed and approved zoning revisions proposed by staff to amend the city's Green Building regulations and to create a new pilot program to encourage sustainable neighborhood development. The commission recommended some revisions to ensure staff reports back to the commission about the results from the pilot program. Yes: Unanimous

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