Palo Alto Weekly

News - June 29, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Public Art Commission (June 21)

Mitchell Park: The commission approved $4,725 to pour a concrete pad for the park's "Push" sculpture. Yes: Collins, Richter, Ross, Tobak, Usich, Walsh Absent: Ambrose

City Council Committee (June 25)

Park Plaza: The council approved a proposed three-story building at 195 Page Mill Road, which includes 82 apartments, research-and-development space and retail area on the ground floor. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Price

Cell towers: The council discussed potential revisions to the city's zoning policies to enable installation of large cell towers on city land. The council voted to continue the discussion to its next meeting. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Yeh Absent: Price

Board of Education (June 26)

Budget: The board approved a school district operating budget of $161.8 million for 2012-13. Yes: Unanimous

Superintendent's contract: The board voted to extend the employment contract of Superintendent Kevin Skelly for one year, through June 30, 2016. Yes: Unanimous

City Council Regional Housing Mandate Committee (June 26)

Housing Element: The committee discussed the Housing Element in the city's revised Comprehensive Plan and recommended a series of changes, including consideration of grocery overlay zones and a refined list of housing sites. Yes: Unanimous

City Council Rail Committee (June 28)

Rail: The committee heard a report from its Sacramento lobbyist on high-speed rail and discussed the committee's guiding principles. The committee directed staff to submit a letter requesting the status of the California Attorney General opinion on the legality of the blended system relative to Proposition 1A Yes: Klein, Scharff, Shepherd Absent: Burt

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