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PUBLIC AGENDA: sidewalks, annual school survey, street sweeping

 

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss the status of the city's labor negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1319, and the Palo Alto Police Officers Association. The council then plans to discuss revision of the sidewalk-width requirements and building-setback rules on El Camino Real; discuss the proposed Santa Clara County sales-tax increase to fund transportation projects; review the administrative draft of the 2015-23 Housing Element; and review the city's infrastructure-funding plan. The closed sessions will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 2. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss results of the annual "Strategic Plan Survey" of students, parents and staff, and will discuss a proposed district budget for 2014-15, the district's Local Control Accountability Plan, and a variety of construction items. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, in the boardroom of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider reducing the frequency of street-sweeping services in residential areas; and discuss an audit of the city's solid-waste program. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here

UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the continuation of the plug-in program for electricity generation and hear an update on the impact of the statewide drought on water and hydroelectric supplies. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss a proposed master sign program for City Hall; review a proposal to demolish and reconstruct 85,000 square feet of office space at the VMWare campus at 3421-3431 Hillview Ave.; consider a proposal by Tarlton Properties to demolish a two-story building at 2555 Park Blvd. and replace it with a three-story office building; and discuss a request by Crown Castle for a distributed-antenna system, about 17 antennas that would be installed at existing poles on University, Lytton and Hamilton avenues. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 5, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here

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