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Palo Alto Weekly

News - September 14, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Sept. 10)

Jay Paul: The council discussed a proposal by Jay Paul Company to build two office buildings at 395 Page Mill Road along with a new building to house the city's police headquarters. Council members generally supported the idea of new commercial developments on Page Mill Road but asked the developer to reduce the size and scale of the project. Action: None

Marijuana: The council approved a colleagues' memo from Mayor Yiaway Yeh, Vice Mayor Greg Scharff and Councilman Larry Klein urging opposition to Measure C, which would allow up to three marijuana dispensaries in Palo Alto. Yes: Unanimous

Council Policy and Services Committee (Sept. 11)

Audit report: The committee approved the quarterly work plan from Office of the City Auditor. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (Sept. 12)

Survey: The commission discussed a proposed Transportation Survey, which seeks to gather data about local commute patterns. Action: None

Natural Environment: The commission discussed proposed revisions to the Natural Environment Element in the city's Comprehensive Plan. The commission plans to adopt the element at a future meeting. Action: None

Council Rail Committee (Sept. 13)

Caltrain: The committee discussed but did not vote on a potential request to the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board that the board terminate its 2009 agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The committee also discussed Caltrain's proposed electrification project and directed staff to return with a timeline and process for taking a position on this project. Yes: Unanimous

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