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Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 11, 2013

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Jan. 7)

Mayor: The council elected Greg Scharff to serve as the city's mayor for 2013. Yes: Unanimous

Vice Mayor: The council elected Nancy Shepherd to serve as the city's vice mayor for 2013. Voted for Shepherd: Berman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd Voted for Holman: Burt, Holman, Schmid

Planning and Transportation Commission (Jan. 8)

Density-bonus ordinance: The commission discussed proposed changes to the city's density-bonus ordinance, which gives developers incentives for building affordable housing. The commission voted to continue the item to a later date to give staff a chance to make minor revisions to the proposal. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (Jan. 8)

Carbon neutrality: The commission voted to authorize City of Palo Alto Utilities to spend up to $0.0015 per kilowatt hour to achieve carbon neutrality for the city's electric portfolio in 2013. The council had authorized staff to recommend a $0.0025/kWh threshold. Yes: Chang, Cook, Eglash, Hall No: Foster, Melton Absent: Waldfogel

Demand response: The commission voted to extend by three years the Demand Response Pilot Program for large commercial electric customers. Yes: Chang, Cook, Eglash, Foster, Hall, Melton Absent: Waldfogel

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