Palo Alto Weekly

News - March 8, 2013

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (March 4)

California Avenue: The council voted to approve the latest changes to the California Avenue streetscape project and authorized staff to install new streetlights on California Avenue. Yes: Unanimous

Edgewood Plaza: The council voted to allow developer Sand Hill Property Company to proceed with redevelopment of Edgewood Plaza and asked staff to consider an appropriate fine for Sand Hill's unauthorized demolition of a historical building on the site. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Scharff, Shepherd No: Holman, Price, Schmid

Council Finance Committee (March 5)

Nonprofit funding: The committee discussed recommendations from the Human Relations Commission about proposed changes to the city's process for distributing subsidies to local nonprofit organizations. Action: None

Budget: The committee approved a staff request for midyear budget adjustments and requested that staff come back with further budget recommendations. The committee also directed staff to make some changes to its long-term financial forecast, including new assumptions about pension expenses in the forecast's base scenario. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 5)

Emerson Street: The commission voted to make a zone change at the 600 block of Emerson Street to require retail use on the ground floor of the buildings on the block. Yes: Keller, King, Martinez, Panelli, Tanaka No: Alcheck, Michael

Density bonus: The commission approved staff-recommended changes to the city's density-bonus laws, which give developers incentives to provide affordable-housing units. Yes: Unanimous

Utilities Advisory Commission (March 6)

Forecasts: The commission reviewed and approved staff's five-year projections for electric, gas, wastewater and water funds, including a recommendation to make no changes to electric, gas and wastewater rates and to raise water rates by 7 percent on July 1. Yes: Cook, Eglash, Foster, Hall, Melton, Waldfogel Absent: Chang

Architectural Review Board (March 7)

490 San Antonio Ave.: The board heard a presentation on a proposal by Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School for demolition of two existing office buildings at 490 San Antonio Ave. and to build a new gymnasium and classroom building, a playing field, a parking lot and landscaping. Action: None

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