Palo Alto Weekly

News - July 1, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Public Art Commission (June 23)

Public art: The commission approved artwork donated by artist Nora Raggio. Yes: Unanimous

Discussions: The commission heard reports on upcoming projects at the Water Treatment Plant and Recycling Center, the commission's publicity brochure and the city's library projects, and further discussed either restoring a sculpture or selecting a new piece by artist David Bottini.

Action None

Board of Education (June 27 and June 28)

Goals for 2011-12: In a two-day retreat held at the University Club of Palo Alto, board members discussed possible "focused goals" for the 2011-12 school year. The draft goals will be refined and voted on in September. Action None

City Council (June 27)

Compost: The council discussed the draft feasibility study for an anaerobic digestion facility in the Baylands and directed staff to return with the final report in the fall. Yes: Unanimous

Cubberley: The council approved a letter to the Foothill-De Anza College District expressing the city's interest in negotiating sale of an 8-acre parcel at Cubberley Community Center. Yes: Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Shepherd, Yeh No: Burt, Holman, Schmid

Board of Education (June 28)

Cubberley: The board passed a motion stating its belief that future Palo Alto residents will need "35 contiguous acres" at Cubberley to meet the need for K-12 education, and that the school district should work with the City of Palo Alto to "define and address" their joint interest in Cubberley. Yes: Unanimous

Policy and Services Committee (June 28)

Arbitration: The committee considered a list of possible changes that could be made to the city's binding-arbitration provision. It will resume the discussion on July 12. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (June 29)

355 Alma St.: The commission discussed a proposal for a four-story, mixed-use building at the former Shell station site at 355 Alma St. Commissioners recommended more residential units, greater height and senior housing. Action: None

Electric Vehicles The commission discussed the city's policies for electric vehicles and encouraged staff to pursue grants for installation of charging stations at city facilities. Action: None

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