PUBLIC AGENDA: annual office cap, water rates, school board retreat


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of June 15.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the establishment of an annual office cap; adopt the fiscal year 2016 budget and utility rates, enact an emergency ordinance banning conversion of ground-floor retail to other uses; and consider approving a three-story mixed-use building at 441 Page Mill Road. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 15, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to consider a recommendation to raise water rates by 4 percent and add drought surcharges. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The school board plans to hold its annual retreat to review the past year and plan for the next year. The two-day retreat will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, and Wednesday, June 17, at The Westin Palo Alto, 675 El Camino Real. Read the agenda here.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to consider a proposal by Stanford University for facade and site improvements at Stanford Shopping Center, including tree removal, landscaping, lighting, paving and new signage. The board will also consider a request by America's Tire Co. on behalf of Wells Fargo N.A. Trustee for site improvements, landscaping and signage for automobile-service use. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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