A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 17.
CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to hear an update on the city's parking strategy for downtown; consider raising water rates by 4 percent; amend the rules regarding use of the commercial housing fund for preservation of existing affordable-housing units; discuss a response to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's call for projects and the VTA's proposed 2016 transportation measure; and consider making changes to the composition of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the update of the Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.
COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the guidelines for the proposed 2015 Electric Cost of Service Analysis; consider the financial report for the third quarter of 2015; and consider a recommendation to adopt a city debt policy. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.
HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION ... The commission will hold a retreat where it will hear a presentation on hate crimes in Palo Alto, discuss its accomplishments and priorities, consider the roles of subcommittees, and discuss potential topics for the Speaker Series. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the Matadero Room at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road. Read the agenda here.
CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee will review recent City Council and Board of Education meetings and hear updates on the city's and the school district's budgets and technology plans. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, in Conference Room A at the Palo Alto Unified School District headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.
PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hold a final review for the Public Art in Private Development proposal by Simon Properties for Stanford Shopping Center at 180 El Camino Real. The commission will also discuss its upcoming retreat and the ongoing update of the Comprehensive Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.
BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The school board will convene for a retreat to discuss its new annual focused goals, roadblocks, future agendas and more for the upcoming school year. Open session will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, at the Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto. The board will go into closed session from 3 to 5 p.m. for an evaluation of the superintendent. Read the agenda here.