Palo Alto Weekly

News - November 30, 2012

Public Agenda

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss the city's negotiations with the Utilities Management and Professional Association of Palo Alto. The council also plans to discuss the latest revisions to John Arrillaga's proposal for 27 University Ave., which would include an office complex, a theater and various road improvements. The council plans to consider the recent changes to the "arts and innovation district master plan"; review advisory ballot measures for the June election asking the voters whether the city should modify its Comprehensive Plan and whether it should exchange the "panhandle" portion of El Camino Park for a more usable portion of adjacent land to accommodate the project. The council also plans to consider rezoning the properties located at 423-451 Page Mill Road from single-family residential (R-1) to service commercial (CS); and to continue its discussion on benefit reforms for city employees. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider a recommendation to close the fiscal year 2012 budget, which includes re-appropriation requests; authorization of transfers to reserves; and approval of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The committee also plans to hear a status update on the city's capital improvement program. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will swear in recently elected or re-elected members Melissa Baten Caswell, Heidi Emberling and Camille Townsend, elect officers for 2013 and discuss committee assignments. The board also will discuss the budget, as well as updates to board policies on guidance and counseling services and meeting conduct. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.).

HISTORICAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 261 Hamilton Ave., a proposal for a historic rehabilitation of an existing building; and 27 University Ave., a proposal for a new "arts and innovation district" that includes relocation of the 1918 Julia Morgan building and construction of a new office complex and a performing-arts theater. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a closed session to evaluate the performance of City Attorney Molly Stump and City Manager James Keene. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to receive the quarterly update from the Utilities Department; discuss the 2013 legislative policy guidelines; consider redesign options for PaloAltoGreen; consider the carbon neutrality electric portfolio plan; and discuss the preliminary results from the city's request for proposals for renewable energy projects. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 145 Hawthorne Ave., a request by Zach Trailer for a review of a new development consisting of three multi-family residential units; and 1313 Newell Road, a review of the proposed signage for the Palo Alto Art Center. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear a report from its Sacramento lobbyist for high-speed rail and consider renewing its contract for the lobbyist, Professional Evaluation Group. The committee also plans to discuss revisions to its guiding principles and the final report from the Rail Corridor Task Force. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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