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Palo Alto Weekly

News - February 1, 2013

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Jan. 28)

AT&T: The council upheld the decision of the Planning Director to allow AT&T to move forward with the final two phases of its plan to install about 80 antennas on utility poles throughout the city. Yes: Unanimous

Retreat:The council approved a proposed agenda for its annual retreat on Feb. 2. The retreat includes a priority-setting session and discussion of the city's guiding principles and core values.

Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (Jan. 29)

Boundary change: The board approved a boundary change between the attendance areas of Addison and Walter Hays elementary schools, effective beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Yes: Unanimous

Bond issuance:The board discussed a proposal for issuance and sale of $70 million in bonds under the $378 million "Strong Schools" bond approved by voters in 2008. A final vote is expected Feb. 12.

Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (Jan. 30)

California Ave.: The commission discussed the status of the California Avenue streetscape project and a staff proposal to replace the streetlights on California Avenue. Commissioners said they support replacing the lights but did not vote on the project. Action: None

Emerson Street: The commission discussed a proposal to institute a retail requirement on the ground floor of buildings on the 600 block of Emerson Street. The commission will continue its discussion on Feb. 13. Action: None

City Council Rail Committee (Jan. 31)

Rail: The committee heard a report from its high-speed rail lobbyist in Sacramento and discussed potential changes to the California Environmental Quality Act. Action: None

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