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PUBLIC AGENDA: minimum wage, course alignment study, neighborhood engagement

 

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Aug. 24.

CITY COUNCIL... The council plans to hold a closed session to discuss the status of its labor negotiations with the police and fire unions; consider a recommendation to implement a minimum-wage requirement of $11 per hour by Jan. 1, 2016; approve responses to two Grand Jury reports, "A Slow Rising Emergency -- Sea Level Rise" and "Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Residents"; and consider reforms to the "planned community" zoning process. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. or as soon as possible after the closed session in the Council Chambers. Read the agenda here.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The school board will discuss the results of a Hanover Research study on course alignment; board goals for the 2015-16 year; the appointment of a new associate superintendent; an amendment to the superintendent's contract; board policy updates; and the appropriation of $3 million from State Bond Funding to Palo Alto High School. It will take action to on a $23 million grant from the Peery Family Fund for the Paly athletic center project. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to continue its discussion of a colleagues memo about strengthening engagement with neighborhoods; and consider changes to council procedures regarding appeals, post-government employment regulations and other items from the council's retreat. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to interview candidates for an opening on the Utilities Advisory Commission. The meeting will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission will consider a proposal to build a one-story home at 5061 Skyline Blvd.; a proposed annual office cap; an ordinance that would establish regulations for formula retail; and an ordinance prohibiting conversion of ground-floor retail to other uses. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 1700 Embarcadero Road, a proposal by Gensler to demolish an existing building and construct a 62,527-square-foot automobile dealership and ancillary vehicle wash; and consider a request by America's Tire Co., for review of a proposed renovation of existing facades and site improvements for automotive service use. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to see a presentation about eBooks and other collections; discuss the length of terms of LAC subcommittees; and consider holding LAC meetings in libraries. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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