<B>BEATING THE DEADLINE... </B> Three new <B>playing fields</B>. A redesigned Baylands <B>golf course</B> with a "Wow" factor. New plazas and wider sidewalks on a soon-to-be two-lane <B>California Avenue</B>. A revised <B>massage ordinance</B>. A refreshed <B>Cogswell Plaza</B>. New contracts for workers represented by the city's largest labor union and by its police-managers union. These are just some of the big-ticket items the Palo Alto City Council green-lighted Monday in its final meeting before a month-long break. There was one item, however, that the council didn't get to during the seven-and-a-half-hour meeting: high-speed rail. Lawmakers were scheduled to consider endorsing a citizens' initiative to cut off future funding for the locally unpopular $68 billion project. Shortly before midnight, the council agreed to address the issue at its first meeting after the break. Even this proved to be a blessing in disguise. The two Republicans leading the initiative announced Wednesday that they are suspending their campaign for the revote. Former U.S. Rep. <B>George Radanovich</B> and current state Sen. <B>Doug LaMalfa</B> issued a statement on the campaign website that the initiative is suspended "while litigation brought against high-speed rail in Central Valley moves through the court system." They vowed, however, that the effort is not dead, just delayed for a while. Radanovich called the decision to suspend the campaign "a postponement of what I see as a future initiative allowing voters the opportunity to tell politicians in Sacramento that they don't want a California high-speed rail system plagued with budget overruns and repeated failure to meet every deadline."
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posted Friday, July 27, 2012, 12:00 AM