Palo Alto Weekly

News - May 23, 2014

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (May 19)

Nonprofits: The council approved raising grant allocations to local nonprofits by $31,620 in fiscal year 2015. The council voted against a recommendation to raise the allocation by $200,000, which was supported by council members Burt, Holman, Price and Schmid. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Price

Transit: The council discussed a proposal by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group to place a sales-tax increase on the November ballot to fund transportation improvements throughout Santa Clara County. The council referred the item to its Policy and Services Committee for further discussion. Yes: Unanimous

School Board (May 20)

Report cards: The board heard a presentation about changes to the elementary school report cards. Members supported the changes, which include a greater focus on social-emotional learning and new performance labels. Action: None

Salaries: The board discussed raises for substitute teachers and expressed support for setting salaries for substitutes at 51 percent of the starting teacher's salary. The board is expected to approve the raises on June 3. Action: None

Council Infrastructure Committee (May 20)

Funding: The committee approved a funding plan for infrastructure, which includes a new police building, two reconstructed fire stations and various bike projects. Yes: Unanimous

Council Policy and Services Committee (May 20)

Charter: The committee recommended placing on the November ballot measures that would reduce the number of council seats from nine to seven and extend term limits for council members from two to three terms. Yes: Klein, Price, Scharff No: Schmid

Council Finance Committee (May 20)

Budget: The committee recommended approving the budgets for Community Services, Library, Planning and Community Environment, and Development Services departments. Yes: Berman, Burt, Shepherd Absent: Holman, Kniss

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