Palo Alto Weekly

News - November 18, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Nov. 14)

Gas lines: The council heard a presentation from PG&E officials about the company's plans to test, upgrade and replace sections of gas mains running through Palo Alto. Action: None

Rail principles: The council directed its Rail Committee to consider adopting as the city's official stance a position of opposing high-speed rail, asking legislators to either halt the project or send it back to the state voters. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh No: Klein

Council Finance Committee (Nov. 15)

PaloAltoGreen: The committee recommended creating a new feed-in tariff program for energy generation and recommended getting local businesses involved in the program. The committee also recommended changing the program's name to PaloAltoClean. Yes: Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Abstained: Yeh

Electricity: The committee discussed the status of the city's effort to place the city's overhead electric lines underground and directed staff to return to the committee with options for the conversion. Yes: Unanimous

Fiber: The committee discussed the city's plans for a citywide ultra-high-speed broadband system. Action: None

Council Policy and Services Committee (Nov. 15)

Vehicle dwellers: The committee discussed a proposal to prohibit vehicle dwelling and voiced support for considering an ordinance similar to the one in Eugene, Ore. Action: None

Magical Bridge: The committee heard an update on the Magical Bridge Playground, a proposal to build a universally accessible playground at Mitchell Park. Action: None

Historic Resources Board (Nov. 16)

Main Library: The board discussed a proposal by the Public Works Department to make modifications to improve circulation between the Main Library, the Palo Alto Art Center and the community gardens facility. Action: None

Council Rail Committee (Nov. 16)

Lobbyists: The committee voted to reopen the request-for-proposals process for a Sacramento lobbyist and to reconsider the pool of applicants in December. Yes: Burt, Price, Shepherd No: Klein

Business: The committee discussed the Nov. 15 public hearing on the California High Speed Rail Authority's new business plan. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (Nov. 17)

VMWare: The board reviewed but did not vote on a proposal by VMWare to build four new office buildings, two amenity buildings and three parking structures and to renovate several existing buildings at its campus, 3431 Hillview Ave.

Action: None

1213 Newell Road: The committee discussed a proposal by the Public Works Department to modify the circulation between the Main Library, the Palo Alto Art Center and the community garden facility. Action: None

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