PUBLIC AGENDA: Ride-share program, office-space cap, composting program


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of March 1.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss a future shuttle and ride-share program; adopt a resolution amending water, gas and wastewater connection and capacity fees; consider adopting an annual growth limit for office and research-and-development projects; and hold a closed session to discuss the status of the city's labor negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1319. The regular meeting will begin at 6:05 p.m. on Monday, March 2, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The closed session will follow. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider a new residential curbside-collection and composting program; an extension of the city's term with GreenWaste of Palo Alto; an ordinance requiring commercial customers to reduce garbage contamination; and a proposal to raise refuse rates for residential customers over a three-year period. The committee will also consider a budget amendment ordinance and discuss preliminary financial forecasts and rate changes for electric, gas, wastewater collection and water utilities. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

UTILITIES ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the financial plan and proposed rate changes for water and wastewater utilities; the Utilities Strategic Plan Update; an overview of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Long Term Facilities Plan; and potential topics for the commission's planned study session with the City Council. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to review a proposal by BCV Architects for facade renovations and construction of a rooftop lounge at 451 University Ave.; consider a proposal by Tony Carrasco to demolish a one-story residence at 252 Ramona St. and replace it with a two-story building with two residential units; and review a request by Steve Pierce on behalf of Cambridge Investments, LLC, to merge lots between 380 and 410 Cambridge Ave. to accommodate a 35,000-square-foot building. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

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The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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