Palo Alto Weekly

News - April 5, 2013

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (April 1)

Recycled water: The council voted 4-2 to complete its study of the city's Recycled Water Delivery System. Because the approval requires five votes, the council then voted 4-2 to continue the discussion to April 8. Yes: Berman, Klein, Kniss, Price No: Holman, Scharff Absent: Burt, Schmid, Shepherd

Rainbow flag: The council authorized City Manager James Keene to fly the rainbow flag over City Hall and adopted a resolution signaling the city's opposition to Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Yes: Berman, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff Absent: Burt, Schmid, Shepherd

Utilities Advisory Commission (April 3)

Power purchases: The commission approved three power-purchase-agreement contracts with suppliers of photovoltaic energy. Yes: Cook, Foster, Hall, Melton Absent: Chang, Eglash, Waldfogel

PaloAltoGreen: The commission voted 4-0 to approve a staff proposal to redesign PaloAltoGreen to support a community solar program that would be implemented in January 2014. The commission also voted 3-1 to pursue a second PaloAltoGreen option centered on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from natural-gas usage. Yes: Cook, Foster, Hall No: Melton Absent: Chang, Eglash, Waldfogel

Fiber: The commission discussed the current and projected revenues in the city's Fiber Fund. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (April 4)

Ronald McDonald House: The board approved a proposed expansion of the Ronald McDonald House at 50 El Camino Real. The project would add 70 rooms to the facility. Yes: Lew, Malone, Popp, Prichard Absent: Lippert Recused: Alizadeh

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