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Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 18, 2013

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Jan. 14)

Weed abatement: The council approved an ordinance to enforce weed abatement against 43 property owners who will receive notices about their violations. Yes: Unanimous

Composting: The council approved instructing staff to request a one-year deferment from state regulatory agencies from capping 51 acres of landfill at Byxbee Park. Yes: Berman, Burt, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Holman, Schmid

Residential compostables: The council approved a one-year pilot program to collect food waste from 700 homes by doing away with black garbage bins and separating the waste into other recycling receptacles. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Kniss

Board of Education (Jan. 15)

Staff bonuses: The board approved a one-time bonus for teachers, other staff and most management employees equal to 1 percent of 2011-12 base salary. Yes: Unanimous

Real estate: The board indicated consensus in authorizing the superintendent to pursue discussions with Bowman International School about possible acquisition of 1.67 acres adjacent to Terman Middle School. Action: None

Boundary change: Board members indicated their intention to support a redrawing of boundaries between Addison and Walter Hays elementary schools when it comes up for final vote Jan. 29. Action: None

Historic Resources Board (Jan. 16)

Rinconada signage: The board recommended approval of a new sign program for Rinconada Cultural Park, including Lucie Stern Community Center, which is a Category 1 historic resource. Yes: Bernstein, Bower, Bunnenberg, Kohler, Makinen, Smithwick Absent: DiCicco

Architectural Resources Board (Jan. 17)

567 Maybell Ave.: The board reviewed a request for a preliminary architectural review of a Planned Community proposal by the Palo Alto Housing Corporation to build 15 single-family homes and 60 affordable rental units for seniors. Yes: Alizadeh, Lew, Popp, Prichard Absent: Lippert

145 Hawthorne Ave.: The board approved a review for construction of three residential units. Yes: Unanimous

135 Hamilton Ave.: The board approved an architectural review for a four-story mixed-use building. Yes: Unanimous

Rinconada Park signage: The board approved an architectural review for new signage at Rinconada Park with a recommendation to include Braille. Yes: Unanimous

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