Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 25, 2013

Public Agenda

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week

CITY COUNCIL ... The city plans to discuss a colleague's memo from Mayor Greg Scharff and Council Member Larry Klein regarding the Ad Hoc Committee on Infrastructure; request for proposal for the scope of services for the Downtown CAP study; and the City Manager's Council Priorities Report. The special meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will vote on a proposed boundary change between the Addison and Walter Hays school attendance areas. The board also will discuss proposed new course offerings, proposed new course literature, a conceptual design for renovations of the Palo Alto High School library and a resolution of support for Senate Constitutional Amendment 3, an effort to reduce the majority required in a parcel-tax vote from two-thirds to 55 percent. In a separate special meeting, principals of Gunn and Palo Alto high schools will discuss their progress against goals set in their accreditation reports by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The special meeting begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the boardroom of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.) The regular meeting will convene at 6:30 p.m. in the same place.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear an update on the California Avenue transit hub corridor streetscape improvements project and offer input on street-lighting options; and to hold a public hearing on rezoning properties in the 600 block of Emerson Street. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ...

The committee plans to discuss the Professional Evaluation Group Inc.; proposed SB 1029 clean-up legislation; possible changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); proposed revisions to guiding principles; and updates to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board/California High Speed Rail Authority Memorandum of Understanding. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.)

REGIONAL HOUSING MANDATE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the City of Palo Alto appeal of the Adopted Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) for the 2014-22 Housing Element Cycle. The meeting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.)

CITY COUNCIL RETREAT ... The council plans to discuss its top priorities for 2013 and optimal ways to shorten city council meetings, among other topics. The retreat is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium (1313 Newell Road).

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