PUBLIC AGENDA: Downtown parking, mental health funding, parks master plan


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Feb. 22.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss the status of the city's labor negotiations with the Service Employees International Union, Local 521; the Management, Professional and Confidential Employees group; Utilities Management and Professional Association of Palo Alto; the Palo Alto Police Officers Association; the Palo Alto Police Managers' Association; International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1319; and the Palo Alto Fire Chiefs' Association. The council will also consider the development of a fifth growth scenario to be analyzed in the Environmental Impact Report for the Comprehensive Plan update. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter in the Council Chambers.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to consider the second phase of the downtown Residential Preferential Parking program. The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb 23, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will convene for a special budget study session on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 8:30 a.m. at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.

During its regular meeting on Tuesday evening, the board will discuss a second interim financial report for the district, an anonymous donation to fund improvements at Addison Elementary School, the next board policy review committee meeting and the approval of two new high school courses and will vote on funding requests for mental health and wellness support for the current school year. The regular meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission is scheduled to meet Mary Gloner, the new executive director of the Project Safety Net collaborative, 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, Feb. 23, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission will consider 2515-2585 El Camino Real, a proposal by Hayes Group Architects on behalf of ECRPA, LLC, for site-and-design review of a proposed 39,858-square-foot, three-story mixed-use building to replace the Olive Garden. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

STATE OF THE CITY ... Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt will deliver the "State of the City Speech" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the El Palo Alto Room at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road.

LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission will hear a presentation from Nigel Jones, president of Friends of the Palo Alto Library; see a demonstration of Encore, the public interface for the new library-service platform; and see a presentation about library adult services from RuthAnn Garcia, manager of the Mitchell Park Library. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road.

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