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PUBLIC AGENDA: City Council, School board, Public Arts Commission

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a study session with the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, authorize a $1.29 million loan to the Palo Alto Housing Corporation and consider creating a renewable-energy feed-in tariff program. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hear a report from the Homework Committee on its process for recommending a district homework policy, and a presentation on schematic designs for a new performing arts center at Palo Alto High School. The board will vote on the awarding of construction bids for the Paly stadium as well as renovations to Fairmeadow Elementary School and Jordan and Terman middle schools. The public portion of the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the board room of school district headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.).

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to see a presentation on design improvements to Cogswell Plaza; review the Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Plan; and discuss updating the Recreation Strategic Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss 803 Los Trancos Road, a request to demolish an existing home and construct a new two-story home and pool house; and discuss the Housing Element Update. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss an audit of the city's financial statements, hear a status report on fiscal year 2011 year-end capital improvement and get information about leases and tenants and the Cubberley Community Center. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 3130 Hansen Way, a request by Hoover Associates on behalf of Stanford University Board of Trustees for review of a new 30,200-square-foot, two-story employee-amenities building for Varian to replace an existing one-story building; and a request by OTO Development on behalf of Schnell Brothers properties for preliminary review of a four-story, 178-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). View the agenda

RAIL CORRIDOR STUDY TASK FORCE ... The task force plans to continue its discussion of the city's vision for the Caltrain corridor. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Downtown Library (270 Forest Ave.).

PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear a presentation from high school students about a proposed student mural; consider a proposed tree sculpture and hear an update on art work at the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

— Palo Alto Online staff

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