Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 28, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Public Art Commission (Jan. 20)

California Avenue fountain: The commission selected Michael Szabo's fountain design for the California Avenue fountain project out of three finalists. Szabo design: Acebo Davis, Brown, Collins, Richter, Usich Reed/Madden design: Smit Absent: Coleman

City Council (Jan. 22)

Retreat: The council held its annual retreat to discuss its 2011 priorities. City Manager James Keene gave a presentation about current staffing levels. Action: None

City Council (Jan. 24)

State of the City: Mayor Sid Espinosa presented the 23rd annual State of the City address. Action: None

Board of Education (Jan. 25)

Elementary mathematics: The board heard a staff presentation and discussed ways to improve elementary math instruction and assessment. Action: None

High school plans: The board heard presentations from high school principals about developments on their campuses. Action: None

Parks and Recreation Commission (Jan. 25)

Election: The commission re-elected Daria Walsh to serve as its chair and Deirdre Crommie to serve as vice chair in 2011.

Yes: Unanimous

Highway 101: The commission discussed the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass/Underpass Feasibility Study and voted to recommend the overpass design option, if sufficient funding could be acquired for the project. Yes: Crommie, Dykwel, Losch, Walsh No: Hetterly, Lauing Absent: Markevitch

El Camino Reservoir: The commission discussed the status of the El Camino Park Reservoir Project.

Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (Jan. 26)

Palo Alto Commons: The commission adopted staff recommendations, with four minor conditions, and forwarded the project to the City Council. Yes: Unanimous

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