Palo Alto Weekly

News - July 27, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Public Art Commission (July 19)

Website design: The commission voted to approve up to $2,000 for its website design. Yes: Collins, Ross, Tobak, Usich, Walsh Absent: Ambrose, Richter

Budget: The commission voted to approve up to $1,000 for its enews service, and $500 for permitting, materials and artist costs for two temporary art installations. The funds will be matched by arts network Zero 1. The commission also voted to approve $4,250 for framing and repairs of the Skyhook Boca Raton art piece and $1,000 for permitting fees for its Talenthouse art project. Yes: Collins, Ross, Tobak, Usich, Walsh Absent: Ambrose, Richter

City Council (July 23)

Labor: The council approved a new contract with the 580 employees represented by the Service Employees International Union, Labor 521. The council also imposed a new contract on the seven-member Police Managers Association. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Scharff

California Avenue: The council approved the latest design elements for the California Avenue streetscape plan, including wider sidewalks and a new plaza. The council also rejected a trial period for lane reduction on California Avenue. Yes: Unanimous

Animals: The council approved a plan to raise fees and cut 2.6 full-time-equivalent positions in the city's animal-services division. Yes: Unanimous

Parks and Recreation Commission (July 24)

27 University Ave.: The commission deferred a vote on relocation of the historic Julia Morgan building to the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course and directed staff to get more information about the development proposed for the site at 27 University Ave. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (July 25)

Arastradero: The commission voted to make permanent the recently modified lane configuration on Arastradero Road. Yes: Fineberg, Keller, Martinez, Michael, Tanaka Absent: Tuma

Council Rail Committee (July 26)

Funding: The committee directed staff to draft proposed modifications to Senate Bill 1029, the appropriation bill for high-speed rail. Yes: Burt, Klein, Scharff Absent: Shepherd

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