PUBLIC AGENDA: Caltrain electrification project, school district parcel tax


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 12.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council is scheduled to hear a presentation from Caltrain staff about the Final Environmental Impact Report for its electrification project; discuss the appeals process for the closure of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park; sign off on a letter to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority regarding the draft Environmental Impact Report for the Bus Rapid Transit initiative; and discuss the city's legislative policy guidelines. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will take action on a revised design for the Gunn Central Building project; discuss the parcel tax, the charge for a new enrollment-management advisory committee and the purchase of Chromebooks for Palo Alto High School; and hear an annual independent audit report. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, in district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hold study sessions on the Downtown Development Cap Update, the Bike Bridge Design Competition and recommended work-plan priorities for calendar year 2015. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board is scheduled to discuss a proposal by Golden Gate Homes LLC for a 30-unit housing development at 567 Maybell Ave.; consider a request by Ken Hayes Architects on behalf of Kipling Post LLC to demolish two retail buildings and construct a four-story, mixed-use building at 429 University Ave.; and review the three proposed designs submitted as part of the Bike Bridge Design Competition. The meeting is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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