PUBLIC AGENDA: Varsity Theatre building; PaloAltoGreen

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week

CITY COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear a status report on Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Task Commission and discuss the City Auditor's work plan for fiscal year 2012. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. View the agenda

HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to discuss proposed modifications to the Varsity Theatre building at 456 University Ave., which include removal of a central staircase, installation of a wall to create office and retail spaces and a new stairway to serve the office area on the second floor. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5. View the agenda

UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the city's Renewables Procurement Strategy, the proposed PaloAltoGreen Local Energy Program and the Utilities Emerging Technology Demonstration Program. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5. View the agenda

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 180 El Camino Real, a proposal by Jim Ryan on behalf of Leland Stanford Junior University Board of Trustees for a new storefront and signage for The Melt at Stanford Shopping Center. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. View the agenda

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a closed session to interview candidates for the City Auditor position. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall.

RAIL CORRIDOR STUDY TASK FORCE ... The task force will continue to discuss the city's vision for the Caltrain corridor. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Lucie Stern Community Center (1305 Middlefield Road).

All meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.) unless otherwise noted.

— Palo Alto Online staff

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I recommend people attend the Historic Resources Board meeting tomorrow morning Wednesday Oct. 5 at 8 a.m. to speak to the issue of the value of the Varsity Theatre as a cultural asset and against the plan of the owner who wants to turn it into office space.

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Posted by Jonathan
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm

How are people supposed to attend a meeting of such importance, with short notice and at a time when they must be at work?

Not blaming you, Mark; blaming the city for potentially ramming the further destruction of the Varsity through without adequate public awareness and discussion.

Frankly, the City of Palo Alto appears to be corrupt, and the response to developers' requests to leap, in recent years, has merely been "how high?" So-called planning in this town consists of laundering developers' wishes via a bevy of commissions and boards which, conveniently, are less than politically accountable.

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