Palo Alto Weekly

News - October 26, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Oct. 22)

Cool Cities Challenge: The council authorized City Manager James Keene to submit a letter of intent expressing the city's interest in participating in the Cool Cities Challenge, a three-year effort aimed at dramatically reducing carbon emissions. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Shepherd, Yeh No: Holman, Scharff Absent: Schmid

Citizens United: The council directed staff to submit a letter to federal legislators expressing the city's opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission and asking them to support a constitutional amendment that would effectively overturn the court decision. Yes: Burt, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Shepherd, Yeh No: Espinosa Absent: Schmid

Board of Education (Oct. 23)

Academic calendar: The board discussed the school district's plans to convene a community advisory committee on the calendar taking effect in 2014-15, saying they want representation from a diversity of opinion. Action: None

Medical marijuana initiative: The board adopted a resolution opposing Palo Alto Measure C, an initiative requiring Palo Alto to issue three medical marijuana dispensary permits. Yes: Unanimous

Council Policies and Services Committee (Oct. 23)

Economic policy: The committee discussed the guiding policies of the city's Office of Economic Development and directed staff to make revisions to the proposed policy statement. Yes: Unanimous

Fire Department: The committee discussed the recent and ongoing changes in the Fire Department, including a new full-time ambulance and six fewer firefighter positions. Action: None

Parks and Recreation Commission (Oct. 23)

Master Plan: The commission discussed the city's forthcoming Parks and Recreation Master Plan and the scope of the city's request for proposals for a consultant to perform the necessary analysis for the plan. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (Oct. 24)

27 University Ave.: The commission held a joint meeting with the Architectural Review Board to discuss the tentative design of the proposed "arts and innovation district" planned for 27 University Ave. The commission then held its own discussion about the project, with members expressing concern about the project's potential traffic and parking impacts. Action: None

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