Palo Alto Weekly

News - April 27, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (April 23)

CPI: The council voted to hire a consultant to evaluate the hazardous risk at the CPI plating operation, to evaluate best practices and to recommend definitions and thresholds of hazardous materials that could be considered for a zoning ordinance amendment. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Yeh

El Camino Park: The council voted to use $2.5 million in park development fees for improvements to El Camino Park, including a synthetic turf, a dog exercise area and expanded parking. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Scharff, Shepherd, Schmid No: Holman, Price Absent: Yeh

Parks and Recreation Commission (April 24)

Rinconada: The commission heard a presentation about the long-range plan for Rinconada Park. Action: None

Trails: The commission discussed potential new trail connections between the Baylands and the foothills and recommended a staff proposal for new trails along Arastradero Road and Matadero Creek. The commission also recommended that the Arastradero trail use East Meadow rather than Charleston Road. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (April 24)

Disproportionality: The board heard an update on early intervention efforts to help struggling students in regular classrooms, without having to refer them to special education. The district is currently under state sanctions for having a disproportionate number of Hispanic and African-American students in special ed. Action: None

Calendar: The board heard a report on staff efforts to promote a smooth transition to a new, district-wide academic calendar for 2012-13 and 2013-14. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (April 25)

Sustainability: The commission heard an update on the Sustainable Community Strategy Draft Preferred Scenario recently released by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Action: None

Council Rail Committee (April 26)

Rail: The committee discussed the California High-Speed Rail Authority's revised 2012 business plan and the rail authority's recently approved revised program Environmental Impact Report for the Bay Area-to-Central Valley segment. Action: None

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