Council Finance Committee (Feb. 28)
Retirees: The committee discussed the retiree medical actuarial report and recommended changes to the amortization method used in the new study. Yes: Unanimous
Finances: The committee recommended adjustments to the fiscal year 2012 budget and changes to four position titles. Yes: Unanimous
Board of Education (Feb. 28)
New classes: The board approved three new courses to be offered this fall at Palo Alto High School: Conceptual Physics, Introduction to the Automobile and Sports Nutrition Yes: Unanimous
Budget: The board heard an update on the school district's current budget, and budget outlook for future years. Action: None
Social-emotional health: The board heard an update on district initiatives to improve the social-emotional health of students. Action: None
Parks and Recreation Commission (Feb. 28)
Cogswell Plaza: The commission approved a staff proposal to make various landscaping changes to Cogswell Plaza, including new trees and removal of turf. Yes: Unanimous
Bicycle plan: The commission recommended that the council approve the revised Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Yes: Ashlund, Crommie, Hetterly, Lauing, Losch, Walsh No: Markevitch
Planning and Transportation Commission (Feb. 29)
Edgewood Plaza: The commission approved a "planned community" zone for Edgewood Plaza, a proposal to renovate three retail buildings and build 10 homes at 2080 Channing Ave. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Keller, Martinez, Michael, Tuma Absent: Tanaka
Edgewood Plaza: The commission also approved an environmental impact report for the proposed renovations to Edgewood Plaza. Yes: Garber, Martinez, Michael, Tuma No: Fineberg, Keller Absent: Tanaka
Council Rail Committee (March 1)
Caltrain: The committee heard a presentation from Caltrain about its effort to electrify its train system and to consider other projects that could be funded as part of the high-speed rail project. Action: None
Rail Corridor Task Force: The committee heard a presentation from the Rail Corridor Task Force about the community's vision for the Caltrain corridor in Palo Alto. Action: None
Architectural Review Board (March 1)
Stanford Shopping Center: The board held a preliminary review on 180 El Camino Real, a proposal by Simon Property Group for a phased construction of five retail buildings, including two multi-story structures and three one-story structures. Action: None
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