Elections: The commission elected Commissioner Larisa Usich as chair and Amanda Ross vice chair.
"Aurora": The commission preliminarily approved temporary art installation "Aurora," a 30-foot-tall metal tree adorned with LED lights, for downtown. The commission agreed to pay up to $1,200 for permitting and insurance for the piece. Yes: Unanimous
Sculpture: The commission agreed to include donated sculpture "La Guitarra" at Cogswell Plaza in downtown Palo Alto with the stipulation that its de-installation, transportation and moving costs be less than $5,000. Yes: Unanimous
Other business: The commission approved an additional $3,000 for the manufacture and installation of artwork for the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center teen room. Yes: Unanimous
City Council (Sept. 24)
Neighborhood grants: The council directed staff to design a new "neighborhood grants" program, which would distribute $25,000 annually to support neighborhood projects. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh No: Klein, Shepherd
27 University Ave.: The council discussed the proposed "Arts and Innovation District" at 27 University Ave., featuring four office towers and a theater, and directed staff to draft an advisory measure that would allow residents to vote on the proposal in 2013. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Recused: Klein, Yeh