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PUBLIC AGENDA: Labor disputes, school enrollment, dog exercise park

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings the week of Sept. 22

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss the status of the city's labor negotiations with the management and professional group and with the Palo Alto Police Officers Association. The council will then consider an ordinance to create a business registry; reject construction bids for the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course reconfiguration; and approve a new contract for street-sweeping services. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss a report on the status of recommendations from the City Auditor; consider an early release of the City Council agenda; and discuss fees and fee exemptions for the community room at Alma Village. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The school board will discuss enrollment numbers for the new school year, an update on the district's Office for Civil Rights cases, Palo Alto High School's library construction project and a budget update. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review the city's recreational summer camps and aquatics programs; discuss opportunities for off-leash dog exercise; and discuss the Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreational Facilities Master Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

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