Palo Alto Weekly

News - October 29, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Oct.25)

Rail station: The council voted to oppose a high-speed rail station in Palo Alto. Yes: Unanimous

405 Lincoln Ave.: The council approved an EIR for a proposal to demolish and replace a house at 405 Lincoln Ave., in the historic Professorville district. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh No: Holman

Board of Education (Oct.26)

Housing impact on enrollment: The board voted to sign a letter asking the City of Palo Alto to keep in mind the effect of increased housing on school enrollment. Yes: Unanimous

School calendar: The board heard public comment and discussed a staff proposal to shift the district calendars for 2011-12 and 2012-13 to end the first semester before the December break. A final vote is scheduled for Nov. 9. Action: None

Policy and Services Committee (Oct. 26)

Protocols: The committee discussed its role and considered possible revisions to council protocols. The committee also asked City Clerk to provide summaries of action items from council meetings. Staff will bring proposed revisions back to the committee on Nov. 9. Yes: Holman, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Price

Parks and Recreation Commission (Oct. 26)

El Camino Park: The committee heard a presentation about the El Camino Park Reservoir Project and considered possible topics for discussion at its joint meeting with the City Council on Nov. 1. Action: None

City-School Liaison Committee (Oct. 27)

Safe routes to school: The committee heard a presentation from staff and parents about community trends in transportation to school. Action: None

Student mental health: The committee heard a staff report about efforts to secure a $250,000 federal grant from the Office for Safe and Drug-Free Schools in the U.S. Department of Education to provide services to Palo Alto students. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (Oct. 27)

California Avenue: The commission discussed the concept plan for the California Avenue/Fry's Electronics site. The plan is part of the city's update of its Comprehensive Plan. The commission discussed the plan's potential impacts on Fry's Electronics and considered possible sites for additional housing at the site. Action: None

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