Palo Alto Weekly

News - March 4, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council

The council did not meet this week.

City Council Finance Committee (March 1)

Water rates: The committee recommended approval of a staff proposal to raise the city's water rates by an average of 12.5 percent in July. The committee also recommended an increase to the fixed-cost component of the rates. Yes: Scharff, Schmid, Yeh No: Shepherd

Gas efficiency: The committee discussed and recommended approval of the Utilities Department's Ten-Year Gas Energy Efficiency Goals for the period 2011 to 2020. Yes: Unanimous

Historic Resources Board (March 2)

Main Library: The board discussed the city's proposal for a 3,700-square-foot addition to the Main Library. The project is part of the city's $76 million effort to rebuild and renovate local libraries. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (March 2)

Compost: The commission heard an update on the preliminary results of the feasibility study for an anaerobic-digestion plant in Byxbee Park. Commissioners discussed the energy potential of such a facility. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (March 3)

4073 El Camino Real : The board approved a proposal by Ken Hayes on behalf of Eton Capital for a three-story, mixed-use project at 4073 El Camino Real. Yes: Unanimous

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