Palo Alto Weekly

News - June 17, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Human Relations Commission (June 9)

The meeting was cancelled because of a lack of quorum.

Board of Education (June 13)

Facilities: The board voted to serve three years' notice to Stratford Schools, Inc., the tenant at the old Garland Elementary School, to terminate the lease as of June 30, 2014. Action: Unanimous

City Council (June 13)

Budget: The council held a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget and a proposed increase to the city's water and wastewater rates. Action: None

El Camino Park: The council supported plans to add amenities to El Camino Park, including a synthetic turf, improved lighting and a new pathway. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh No: Price

El Camino Park: The council also voted to integrate a dog run into the park design. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, No: Holman, Yeh

Board of Education (June 13)

Student health: The board heard a presentation from five middle- and high-school principals about an array of policies to promote students feelings of "connecteness" with school. Action: None

Special education: The board heard a presentation on the status of the district's Special Education program, which serves 10 percent of students. Action: None

Parent focus groups: The board heard a presentation on focus groups convened with randomly selected parents in May to voice their views on school issues. Action: None

Facilities: The board heard a presentation on a proposal to reduce the number of seats in Palo Alto High School's planned new Performing Arts Center from 600 to 466 due to cost issues. Action: None

Policy and Services Committee (June 14)

iPads: The committee discussed purchasing iPads for the City Council and switching from paper to electronic staff reports. Yes: Unanimous

Economic strategy: The committee discussed the city's proposed Economic Strategic Plan Update. Action: None

Historic Resources Board (June 15)

370 Addison Ave.: The board approved a proposal by Martin Bernstein on behalf of Christopher and Linda Forrester for alterations to a Professorville home. Yes: Bower, Bunnenberg, Kohler, Makinen, Smithwick Absent: Di Cicco Recused: Bernstein

668 Ramona St.: The board approved a request by the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto for rehabilitation and upgrade of an existing building. Yes: Bernstein, Bower, Bunnenberg, Kohler, Makinen, Smithwick Absent: Di Cicco

Architectural Review Board (June 16)

4301 El Camino Real: The board approved minor changes to the design of an approved hotel at the site of Palo Alto Bowl, 4301 and 4329 El Camino Real. The board added conditions relating to changes in sidewalks, paving and lighting. Yes: Lew, Malone Pritchard, Wasserman, Young Absent: Lee

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