Palo Alto Weekly

News - August 26, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council

The council did not meet this week.

Architectural Review Board (Aug. 18)

200 San Antonio: The board reviewed and approved a proposal to relocate the Ginnever sculpture and place a 1,614-square-foot recreation building within the Palo Alto portion of the multi-family residential project, most of which is located in Mountain View. Yes: Unanimous

VMWare: The board heard a presentation on a master plan for office and research-and-development buildings for the VMWare campus at 3401 and 3431 Hillview Ave. The board did not vote on the plan. Action: None

Board of Education (Aug. 23)

Goals for 2011-12: The board discussed the superintendent's recommendations for the district's "focused goals" for 2011, including an examination of the purpose and volume of homework and the system of distributing tests and project deadlines. The board will vote on a final list Sept. 13. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (Aug. 24)

Officers: The commission elected Eduardo Martinez as its new chair and Susan Fineberg as its new vice chair. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Keller, Martinez, Tanaka, Tuma Absent: Lippert

Parking The commission discussed the recent parking analysis at downtown Palo Alto and at California Avenue, and considered staff proposals to add way-finding signs to downtown garages and consider a new pricing structure for parking permits. The commission did not vote and will continue the conversation in the fall. Action: None

195 Page Mill Road: The commission reviewed a tentative map by Harold Hohbach for a proposed development that includes 84 residential units and 50,467 square feet of research and development space. The commission voted to reject the proposal, citing a potential threat to public health and arguing that the project isn't compatible with the site. Yes: Fineberg, Keller, Tanaka, Tuma No: Garber, Martinez Absent: Lippert

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