PUBLIC AGENDA: Candidate appointments, community center lease, Housing Element


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 10

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hold a join t session with the Parks and Recreation Commission; appoint candidates to the Architectural Review Board, the Historic Resources Board and the Planning and Transportation Commission; consider adopting the 2015-23 Housing Element; approve a letter of intent with Friends of the Junior Museum & Zoo for construction of a new building; and review the City Hall remodeling project. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read agenda here.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will hold a special meeting to discuss the district's lease of Cubberley Community Center. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., with 30 minutes of closed session and 30 minutes of open session, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. The board, a facilitator and Superintendent Max McGee will also meet at the Garden Court Hotel from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in closed session for the superintendent's mid-year evaluation on Wednesday. The Board Policy Review Committee will also meet Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at district headquarters to discuss the Conflict of Interest code.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear an update on the East Palo Alto and Menlo Park General Plans; hear an update on the city's bicycle-boulevard program; and consider the proposed residential-parking-permit program for downtown. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss an inventory of city-owned properties and consider the city's policies about unsolicited offers to lease or purchase city land. The committee also plans to review the Draft Legislative Program Manual. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss priorities for the Community Development Block Grant five-year strategic plan; continue its discussion on the Low Income Housing Study; and review its work plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave.

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