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PUBLIC AGENDA: Rail Committee, Library Advisory Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week

CITY COUNCIL ... The council has no meetings scheduled next week.

UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss possible smart-grid applications, the city's electric-vehicle policies and infrastructure, and the city's economic-development report. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss 2080 Channing Ave., a proposal to amend the existing planned community (PC) zone to allow renovation of three retail structures, relocation of one retail structure and construction of 10 homes. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear a status report on Caltrain and get legislative updates about Caltrain and the state's proposed high-speed-rail system. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Council Conference Room (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

INFRASTRUCTURE BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to continue its discussion of the city's infrastructure needs and possible ways to pay for the items on the infrastructure backlog. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Lucie Stern Community Room (1305 Middlefield Road).

LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear an update on the bond-funded library-construction projects, including design plans for the Main Library. The commission will also discuss the 2011 Service Efforts and Accomplishments Report. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Council Conference Room in City Hall, (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

— Palo Alto Online staff

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