PUBLIC AGENDA: High-Speed Rail Committee

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week

UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear updates on the city's electric-outage notification system and on the development of a business plan for an ultra high-speed broadband system. The commission will also adopt legislative policy guidelines for 2011 and consider the Utilities Department's energy risk management policy. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss possible correspondence from the city to California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Roelof van Ark and to U.S. Congressman John Mica; and to discuss rail-related legislation. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to review the proposed design of 795 Welch Road, a proposal to expand the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. The board will also review plans to widen Welch Road and add a new public street as part of the Stanford University Medical Center Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

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