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PUBLIC AGENDA: Finance Committee, Utilities Advisory Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings this week

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss an external review of the Office of the Auditor; staff recommendations for energy efficiency rebates, home energy reports and two demand-side management programs; and a plan for eliminating the Recycling Center and retaining the Household Hazardous Waste Dropoff facility. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Council Conference Room. View the agenda

CITY COUNCIL ... The council will begin with a closed session involving labor negotiations, then will consider a timeline for addressing interest (with the school district) in the Cubberley campus and discuss Finance Committee recommendations for adopting Electric Reserve guidelines and gas-purchasing strategy. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Council Chambers. View the agenda

HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to review preliminary project plans for historic renovation at 433 Melville Ave.; project details for a previously approved project by Pacific Art League at 668 Ramona St.; and exterior renovations at 601 Melville Ave. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Council Chambers. View the agenda

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to interview candidates for the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Public Art Commission. The special meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Council Conference Room. View the agenda

UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss an update on renewable portfolio standard policy. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Council Chambers. View the agenda

COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ... The committee will review the California High Speed Rail Authority Report to the California Legislature dated Oct. 11, 2011, and Revised Business Plan due to be issued Nov. 1, 2011. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Council Conference Room. View the agenda

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to review plans for a 30,200 sf office at 3031 Hansen Way; wayfinding signs and banners for downtown; and project details for a previously approved project by Pacific Art League at 668 Ramona St. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Council Chambers. View the agenda

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

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