Palo Alto Weekly

News - September 21, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Sept. 18)

Rail corridor: The council discussed a recently completed Rail Corridor Task Force report and voted to send the plan to its Rail Committee for further review before incorporating it into the Comprehensive Plan. Yes: Unanimous

Infrastructure: The council approved a proposed timeline from staff for outreach and prioritization of projects that would appear on the November 2014 bond measure. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (Sept. 18)

Bond program: The board heard reports from an independent auditor and a citizens' oversight committee giving the school district's $378 million bond-construction program a clean bill of health. Action: None

Windows: The board voted to award a $1.05 million contract for replacement of windows in Palo Alto High School's Tower Building and Haymarket Theater. Yes: Unanimous

Board efficiency: The board held a preliminary discussion on ideas for making board meetings more productive and efficient, agreeing to hold a study session on the issue in early 2013. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (Sept. 19)

Joint meeting: The commission held a joint study session with the Architectural Review Board. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (Sept. 20)

135 Hamilton Ave.: The board discussed but did not approve a proposal by Keenan Lovewell Ventures for a four-story, mixed-use building with about 20,000 square feet of commercial area and two residential units. The board criticized the design of the proposed building and continued the item to a later date. Yes: Unanimous

Comments

Posted by Wondering, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm

This past week was the City of Palo Alto Employee Appreciation Picnic - a picnic at Mitchell Park.
No City Management (city manager or assistant city manger) attended. No service awards were given. What is the regard to employees by the City of Palo Alto citizens, city management, and city council for it's employees? What role does the Human Relations Committee play in this blatant disregard for the contribution and participation of employees for the community of the City of Palo Alto?
How are these employees and families regarded by the community?
What is the overall responsibility of us all for community and quality of life?


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