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PUBLIC AGENDA: School board, Planning and Transportation Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss proposed academic calendars for 2011-12 and 2012-13, with a final vote scheduled for Nov. 9. Board members also will hear a summary of the state budget outlook and a proposal for 2011 summer school. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the board room of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.). View the agenda

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in closed session to discuss the recruitment process for selecting the next city attorney. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the El Camino Park Reservoir Project; prepare for its upcoming joint meeting with the City Council; and plan for a special meeting to discuss the capital-improvement needs in local parks and recreation facilities. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

CITY-SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss recent City Council and school board meetings, school transportation and teen mental health. The meeting will begin at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the California Avenue/Fry's Area Concept Plan, which evaluates various land-use scenarios for the area around California Avenue. The commission will also review a feasibility study for Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge near Adobe Creek and San Antonio Avenue. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review programs for Mitchell Park and Main libraries; consider shelving capacity at these two libraries; and make a recommendation on the location of the Guy Miller Archives of the Palo Alto Historical Association. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

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