Palo Alto Weekly

News - November 5, 2010

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Nov. 1)

Ameresco: The council authorized the city manager to decline a proposed power purchase agreement from Ameresco. Yes: Unanimous

High-speed rail: The council discussed California's high-speed rail project, including the recent federal grant for high-speed rail and the upcoming rally in Burlingame on Nov. 7 opposing the project in its current form. Action: None

Finance Committee (Nov. 2)

Benchmark study: The committee discussed the Water Utility Benchmark Study recently completed by the Utilities Department. Action: None

Water rates: The committee discussed the rate structure for the city's water and wastewater services. Action: None

Historic Resources Board (Nov. 3)

Joint session: The board discussed potential topics for discussion at its upcoming joint study session with the City Council on Nov. 8. Action: None

Utility Advisory Commission (Nov. 3)

Gas and electricity: The commission approved staff proposals to change the Compressed Natural Gas Rate Schedule and to implement the Long-Term Electric Acquisition Plan. Yes: Unanimous

High-speed Rail Committee (Nov. 3)

High-speed rail: The committee discussed recent correspondence between Caltrain and the California High-Speed Rail Authority and approved drafts of letters from the city to the authority pertaining to a proposed high-speed rail station and the authority's Supplemental Alternatives Analysis Report. Yes: Unanimous

Architectural Review Board (Nov. 3)

El Camino Commons: The board discussed a proposal for a 45-unit, three-story, senior-assisted housing facility at 4041 El Camino Way. The facility would be an expansion of Palo Alto Commons. The board approved the plans and added a series of conditions pertaining to color of materials, elevation and third-floor balconies. Yes: Lew, Malone, Prichard, Wasserman, Young Absent: Lee

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