Palo Alto Weekly

News - March 16, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (March 12)

Lytton Gateway: The council voted to request revisions to the proposed mixed-use development at 101 Lytton Ave., including a reduction from five stories to four. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh Absent: Holman, Price, Shepherd

Council Policy and Services Committee (March 13)

Labor: The committee recommended approving a new "labor guiding principles" document. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (March 13)

Graduation requirements: During a study session, the board heard from teachers and members of the public on a proposal by Superintendent Kevin Skelly to phase in stiffer graduation requirements to fully align with entrance prerequisites to California's public, four-year universities by 2018. Action: None

Board of Education (March 13)

Budget: The board approved the 2011-12 Second Interim Financial Report, which includes $2.1 million in mid-year budget cuts. Yes: Caswell, Mitchell, Tom, Townsend Absent: Klausner

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 14)

Capital: The commission held a study session to discuss the city's capital improvement program for fiscal years 2013-17. Action: None

Rail: The commission discussed the recent report from the Rail Corridor Task Force about the community's vision for the Caltrain corridor. Action: None

City/School Liaison Committee (March 15)

Meetings: Members exchanged information about recent discussion of the Board of Education and the City Council. Action: None

Transportation: The committee heard a presentation by Palo Alto's Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez about plans for bicycle and pedestrian routes through the city. Action: None

Citizen survey: The committee heard a presentation by City Auditor Jim Pelletier on the Service Efforts and Accomplishments report. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (March 15)

Caltrain: The board discussed a newly released report from the Rail Corridor Task Force about the community's vision for the Caltrain corridor. Action: None

Council Rail Committee (March 15)

Rail: The committee discussed the proposed memorandum of understanding between Caltrain, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the California High-Speed Rail Authority regarding early investment opportunities in the Bay Area. The committee approved a letter to Caltrain expressing the city's concerns about the proposed agreement. Yes: Unanimous

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