Garage: The council directed staff to explore construction of a new garage on High Street, between University and Hamilton avenues, in conjunction with developer Charles "Chop" Keenan. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Schmid
Infrastructure: The council voted to remove Byxbee Park from its list of projects to be considered in polling for a possible 2014 infrastructure bond measure. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Kniss, Price, Scharff, Shepherd No: Schmid
History museum: The council voted to add funding for the Palo Alto History Museum to a list of projects that would be included in polling for a possible 2014 infrastructure bond measure. Yes: Berman, Burt, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Klein Recuse: Holman Absent: Kniss
Board of Education (March 19)
Construction: The board approved "conceptual designs" for a new indoor athletic center at Palo Alto High School to be financed by a private donor. Yes: Unanimous
Guidance counseling: The board heard presentation from the principals of Gunn and Palo Alto high schools about efforts to improve their guidance-counseling programs. Action: None
Council Policy and Services Committee (March 19)
Smoking: The committee voted to recommend banning smoking at all city parks smaller than 5 acres. Yes: Unanimous
Council Finance Committee (March 19)
Sweeping: The commission supported a staff recommendation for a pilot program to reduce the frequency of street sweeping for residential streets in non-leaf season to once every other week and to contract out some of the work. Yes: Burt, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Berman
Water rates: The commission voted to support a staff recommendation to raise water rates by 7 percent starting July 1. Yes: Burt, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Berman
Architectural Review Board (March 20)
611 Cowper St.: The board held a preliminary review for a proposed 50-foot-tall, four-story office building with one residential unit at 611 Cowper St. Action: None
441 Page Mill Road: The board held a preliminary review for a proposed mixed-use building at 441 Page Mill Road featuring 32,524 square feet of commercial space and eight residential units. Action: None
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