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PUBLIC AGENDA: short-term rentals, WASC reports, transportation nonprofit update

 

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of March 9.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to have a joint session with the Human Relations Commission; discuss short-term rentals and home-occupation uses in residential neighborhoods; adopt the long-term financial forecast for 2016-25; and meet in a closed session to discuss the city's labor negotiations with the Utilities Management and Professional Association of Palo Alto. The regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The closed session will follow. Read the agenda here.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will take action on the high schools' Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) reports, the second interim budget and discuss quarterly goals. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss a recent audit of the city's utility meters and consider changes to the city's green-building ordinance. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE ... The Board of Education's policy review committee will discuss 13 policies, including mathematics instruction, discipline and special-education identification. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in Room A at district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss reforms to the planned-community process and hear an update about the city's new Transportation Management Association. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board plans to elect its officers and consider items that will be discussed at its joint meeting with the City Council. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss the city's Community Development Block Grant priorities; consider the funding for the Human Services Resource Allocation Process for the years 2015-17; discuss projects for the Housing Issues Subcommittee; and hear an update on the Civility Roundtable. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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Short story writers wanted!

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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