Public Agenda: Sustainability, parks master plan, math curriculum


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Jan. 25.

SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT ...The city will host a Climate and Sustainability Summit, which will include presentations from the city's Sustainability and Climate Action Plan team and a keynote address from Mark Mykleby, founding director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. The summit will begin at noon on Sunday, Jan. 24, at Jordan Middle School, 750 N. California Ave.

CITY COUNCIL ...The council will hear an update about the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's Measure A; hold a study session with Stefan Heck about innovation, energy and transportation issues; discuss the ongoing preparation of the Sustainability/Climate Action Plan; hear an update on the new Parks, Trails, Natural Open Space and Recreation Master Plan; and discuss the data from the 2015 Performance report, the National Citizen Survey and Citizen Centric Report. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ...The commission will elect a new chair and vice chair, consider off-lease dog parks, review the Capital Improvement Projects budget and hear an update on the Parks, Trails, Open Space and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ...The board will discuss a mathematics curriculum pilot program, recommendations from the Enrollment Management Advisory Committee, a 2014-15 audit report and the submission of plans for Gunn High School's Central Building Project. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto. Read the agenda here.

The board will also convene earlier in the day to discuss the two high schools' annual Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) reports. The meeting will run from 10 a.m. to noon in the board room at district headquarters. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL RAIL COMMITTEE ...The committee will discuss railroad grade separation and the Envision Silicon Valley county sales-tax measure. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ...The commission will consider potential changes to city regulations on second-dwelling units; discuss a proposal from the Public Works Department for a two-story, 50-foot building designed to handle sludge de-watering and truck load-outs; and review proposed ordinances relating to the city's rules about hazardous materials use and to amortization of Communications & Power Industries. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ...The board will discuss 300 Homer Ave., a request by the Palo Alto History Museum for a historic rehabilitation of the 19,182-square-foot building known as the Roth Building. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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