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Palo Alto Weekly

News - March 25, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

Public Art Commission (March 18)

Palo Alto Art Center: The commission heard a presentation from Art Center Director Karen Kienzle. Action: None

Bliss sculpture: The commission voted to approve up to $300 for the April 22 dedication of the "Bliss in the Moment" sculpture. Yes: Unanimous

Brochures: The commission voted to allocate up to $1,500 for printing of its publicity brochure. Yes: Unanimous

Artist lectures: The commission voted to allocate up to $1,500 for its annual artist speaker series. Yes: Unanimous

City Council (March 21)

Compost: The council discussed the preliminary results of a feasibility study for a proposed anaerobic-digestion facility at Byxbee Park. The council will continue the discussion on April 11. Action: None

Attorney: The council approved a contract with Molly Stump, Palo Alto's new city attorney. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (March 22)

Internet services: The board authorized school district staff to negotiate a five-year contract for a dark-fiber network at a cost not to exceed $1,138, 260. Yes: Unanimous

Student social-emotional health: The board discussed results of a "developmental assets" survey administered to more than 4,000 district students last October. It directed the superintendent to return with a plan to prioritize action regarding "supporting school climate" in 2011-12. Action: None

Parks and Recreation Commission (March 22)

Bicycle plan: The commission heard updates on the ongoing Palo Alto Bicycle Plan, the city's Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission, and the capital-improvement needs in the Community Services Department. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 23)

525 San Antonio Road: The commission voted to recommend denial of a proposal by SummerHill Homes to rezone the site of Peninsula Day Care to "village residential" (RM-15) to enable construction of 23 homes adjacent to the Greendell neighborhood. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Keller, Lippert, Tanaka, Tuma No: Martinez

Architectural Review Board (March 24)

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital: The board approved the proposed design for the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital with the condition that the applicant make adjustments to the signage. Yes: Lew, Malone Pritchard, Wasserman, Young Abstained: Lee

Stanford School of Medicine: The board approved the proposed renovations to a building at the Stanford School of Medicine. The project is part of Stanford University Medical Center's expansion project. Yes: Lew, Malone Pritchard, Wasserman, Young Abstained: Lee

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