Palo Alto Weekly

News - May 27, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council

The council did not meet this week.

Board of Education (May 24)

Graduation requirements The board discussed a staff proposal to stiffen high school graduation requirements by aligning them with entrance criteria for the University of California and California State University systems. Members asked for more information before making a decision, and the issue will be discussed again in the fall. Vote: None

Garland lease The board discussed terminating the lease of the former Garland Elementary School site, at 870 N. California Ave., to the private tenant Stratford Schools, Inc., as of June 30, 2014. A school board vote is expected June 14. The tenant notification deadline is June 30, 2011. Vote: None

City Council Finance Committee (May 24)

Public safety The committee discussed and tentatively approved the fiscal year 2012 budget for the Fire Department. Yes: Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Abstained: Yeh

Public Works The committee discussed and tentatively approved the fiscal year 2012 budget for the Public Works Department. Yes: Unanimous

Parks and Recreation Commission (May 24)

Bicycles The commission discussed the city's proposed bicycling improvements and ways to improve pedestrian and bicycle connections between the Palo Alto Art Center, the Main Library and the Community Gardens. Action: None

City Council Finance Committee (May 25)

Municipal fees The committee accepted proposed changes to the city's municipal fee schedule in fiscal year 2012. Yes: Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd

Absent: Yeh

Planning and Transportation Commission (May 25)

711 El Camino Real The commission discussed a proposal for a 44-room "concierge wing" and decided to continue the discussion to June 22. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Keller, Lippert, Martinez, Tuma Absent: Tanaka

City Council Rail Committee (May 26)

Caltrain The committee heard a presentation from Caltrain staff and engineering consultants about Caltrain's electrification proposal. Action: None

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