Palo Alto Weekly

News - June 10, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (June 6)

Stanford Hospital: The council approved a development agreement and certified the Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University Medical Center's hospital renewal and replacement project. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Abstained: Klein

Policy and Services Committee (June 7)

Binding arbitration: The committee discussed repealing or amending the city's binding-arbitration provision for public-safety workers. The committee couldn't reach a consensus and voted to refer the discussion to the full council. Yes: Unanimous

Smoking: The committee directed staff to explore a licensing program for the city's tobacco retailers. Yes: Unanimous

Finance Committee (June 7)

Renewable energy: The committee approved the proposed policies and guidelines for a renewable-energy feed-in tariff program. Yes: Unanimous

Strategic plan: The committee approved the proposed 2011 Utilities Strategic Plan. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (June 8)

300 Homer Ave.: The commission upheld the planning director's recommendation to approve a conditional-use permit for the Palo Alto History Museum with a provision that the museum help fund a parking study. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Lippert, Martinez, Tanaka Absent: Keller, Tuma

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