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PUBLIC AGENDA: retail protection ordinance, Gunn bell schedule, smoking ordinance

 

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of May 11.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss the status of the city's labor negotiations with the Utilities Management and Professional Association of Palo Alto. The council will then consider an urgency interim ordinance to prohibit conversion of ground-floor retail to office and consider adopting the new Urban Forest Master Plan. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 11. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget for the Library, Development Services and Planning and Community Environment departments. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The school board will hear an information report from Gunn High School's creative bell schedule committee, discuss several updates of board policy and summer maintenance projects. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, at district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to review and approve the city's legislative strategic initiatives; discuss a proposed expansion of the city's smoking ordinance to include multi-family housing; and consider the City Auditor's proposed 2016 work plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review the proposed 2016-20 capital improvement programs for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan; and consider repealing and replacing a section of the municipal code relating to siting and permitting of wireless-communications facilities. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to review recent council and school board meetings, consider the city auditor's update on the National Citizens' Survey and hear an update on the school district's parcel tax. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, in Conference Room A at district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.

BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE ... The school board's policy review committee will discuss policies on Advance Placement courses, homework, class size and professional standards, among others. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, in the board room at district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to review the proposed municipal fee schedule for fiscal year 2016 and to review the proposed budgets for the Public Works and Administrative Services departments. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission plans to discuss affordable housing; hear updates from its Affordable Housing Subcommittee, Homeless Vets Subcommittee and Senior Services Subcommittee; elect a chair and vice chair; and discuss plans for a Civility Roundtable. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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