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PUBLIC AGENDA: High-Speed Rail Committee, Architectural Review Board

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week

FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the fiscal year 2010 general fund update and the Long Range Financial Forecast for 2010-20. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to continue its discussion of 405 Lincoln Ave., a proposal to demolish and replace an existing building in the Professorville Historic District. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the city's strategies for implementing the Gas Utility Long-Term Plan; the Utilities Department's recent water benchmarking study; and the city's water and waste-water rate structures. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider whether the city should pursue a high-speed rail station and discuss a Sept. 23 letter from the Peninsula Rail Program addressing the city's concerns with the state rail authority's Supplemental Alternatives Analysis Report for the San Francisco-to-San Jose segment of the rail line. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to hold a preliminary review for 4073 El Camino Real, a proposal by Hayes Group on behalf of Eton Capital for a new three-story mixed-use building. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

— Palo Alto Online staff

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