Palo Alto Weekly

News - May 13, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (May 9)

Bike plan: The council heard a presentation about the ongoing update to the city's Bike and Pedestrian Transportation Plan. Action: None

Block grants: The council approved the proposed Community Development Block Grant funding allocation and adopted a Draft Action Plan for fiscal year 2011-12. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (May 10)

Academic calendar: The board voted to change the district-wide academic calendar, moving to a school-year start date earlier in August and an end to the first semester before the December holidays, beginning in 2012-13. Yes: Klausner, Mitchell, Tom No: Caswell, Townsend

Policy and Services Committee (May 10)

Binding arbitration: The committee discussed the binding-arbitration provision in the City Charter and considered whether the city should put the repeal of the provision on the November ballot. The committee directed staff to return with more information about arbitration policies in other communities. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (May 11)

Capital-improvement program: The commission discussed the city's capital-improvement program for fiscal year 2012 and found the plan consistent with the city's Comprehensive Plan. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Keller, Martinez, Tanaka, Tuma Absent: Lippert

Stanford University Medical Center: The commission recommended certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report and approving a statement of overriding consideration for Stanford University Medical Center's proposed expansion of its hospital facilities. Yes: Garber, Lippert, Martinez, Tanaka No: Fineberg, Keller Abstained: Tuma

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