El Camino Park: The council voted to use $2.5 million in park development fees for improvements to El Camino Park, including a synthetic turf, a dog exercise area and expanded parking. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Scharff, Shepherd, Schmid No: Holman, Price Absent: Yeh
Parks and Recreation Commission (April 24)
Rinconada: The commission heard a presentation about the long-range plan for Rinconada Park. Action: None
Trails: The commission discussed potential new trail connections between the Baylands and the foothills and recommended a staff proposal for new trails along Arastradero Road and Matadero Creek. The commission also recommended that the Arastradero trail use East Meadow rather than Charleston Road. Yes: Unanimous
Board of Education (April 24)
Disproportionality: The board heard an update on early intervention efforts to help struggling students in regular classrooms, without having to refer them to special education. The district is currently under state sanctions for having a disproportionate number of Hispanic and African-American students in special ed. Action: None
Calendar: The board heard a report on staff efforts to promote a smooth transition to a new, district-wide academic calendar for 2012-13 and 2013-14. Action: None
Planning and Transportation Commission (April 25)
Sustainability: The commission heard an update on the Sustainable Community Strategy Draft Preferred Scenario recently released by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Action: None
Council Rail Committee (April 26)
Rail: The committee discussed the California High-Speed Rail Authority's revised 2012 business plan and the rail authority's recently approved revised program Environmental Impact Report for the Bay Area-to-Central Valley segment. Action: None
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