Taxes: The council directed its Policy and Service Committee to consider a possible tax measure for the November ballot to pay for infrastructure repairs. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Klein
Board of Education (March 27)
Counseling: The board heard a consultant's recommendations and public testimony on guidance-counseling programs at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools. Action: None
Elementary mathematics: The board heard a report from the 28-member Math Task Force on increasing opportunities for elementary students to be challenged in math. Action: None
Staff reductions: The board approved reductions of 3.75 staff positions in maintenance, data processing and human resources. Yes: Unanimous
Utilities Advisory Commission (March 27)
Water rates: The commission supported a staff recommendation to raise the city's water rates but disagreed with staff's proposed tier structure for the new rates. The commission recommended retaining existing "Tier 2" rates for water customers and to raise "Tier 1" rates as needed to make up the balance of the shortfall in the city's Water Fund. Yes: Cook, Eglash, Foster, Keller, Melton No: Waldfogel
Wastewater; The commission supported a staff proposal to raise wastewater collection rates by 5 percent on July 1, 2012. Yes: Unanimous
Planning and Transportation Commission (March 28)
Bicycle plan: The commission reviewed the Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan and voted to support the recent revisions to the plan. Yes: Unanimous
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