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PUBLIC AGENDA: surveillance technology, bike-sharing system, single-story overlay

 

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

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to discuss the Mid-Peninsula Bicycle Sharing System Study; hear the overview of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2017; and consider a colleagues memo about safeguards for surveillance and information-gathering technologies. The meeting will begin 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Regular meeting will follow in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Read the agenda here.

CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee will review recent City Council and school board meetings and discuss the city's and the school district's transportation-demand-management policies. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission will hear an update on the conceptual plan for rebuilding the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo; consider a proposed design for Quarry Road improvements and Transit Center access; and discuss the Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Facilities Master Plan. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hold a site-and-design review for a proposed Mercedes Benz dealership at 1700 Embarcadero Road; consider a proposal for a single-story overlay from the Faircourt tract; and evaluate petitions for future Residential Preferential Parking programs. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to interview candidates for the Human Relations Commission, the Library Advisory Commission and the Utilities Advisory Commission. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission plans to receive a presentation about Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Comprehensive Plan update and hear an update about the strategic plan for city libraries. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Children's Library, 1276 Harriet St.

BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE ... This meeting has been cancelled. The next BPRC meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 20. The Board of Education's policy-review committee will discuss policies on child-abuse prevention and reporting; employee notifications; before/after-school programs; intellectual property and institutional research. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, in room A at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave.

Comments

5 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm

I thought bike share was dead in Palo Alto. No bike share stations were ever installed in Palo Alto's residential neighborhoods, making the system useless to almost all locals. There are also no bike share stations at major employers like Stanford, HP, Google, or Facebook, so the system is pretty useless to commuters as well. Is there going to be some attempt to add more stations and build up a useful network? I've heard that hundreds of bike share stations are being deployed in San Francisco, making that a viable system for people that live up there.


6 people like this
Posted by Read it Online
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2016 at 4:20 pm

It was published online and in the Post that the bike sharing did not work in Palo Alto, and that the bikes were to be removed before the end of last year.

The failure was attributed to the fact that Palo Altans could afford,mane owned, better bikes. The program was considered " unneeded" here.


1 person likes this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2016 at 4:44 pm

I feel sure that bikeshare would work much better if they were placed where residents could use them. Things like bike thefts at schools, maintenance and repair costs, are causing a great deal of hassle to families. If there were some bike share options in neighborhoods and others at the entrances to the high schools, we might see them being used. You only have to have one bike stolen at school to realize that a bike that is somebody else's responsibility to maintain is a good deal for a busy family.


2 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Most bike share users in San Francisco own their own bikes. They prefer the bike share bikes because they don't want to leave their own bikes locked up on the street while they are at work or at a store or restaurant, etc. A lot of them are also used to get from home to BART/Caltrain/Muni, since transit stations are bike theft hotspots. With no bike share stations in residential neighborhoods, Palo Alto residents can't do any of this with bike share.


2 people like this
Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 22, 2016 at 6:22 pm

"The failure was attributed to the fact that Palo Altans could afford,mane owned, better bikes. The program was considered " unneeded" here."

That's the company blaming the customer base for its failure to plan a successful business.

The other commenters state the problem well. They didn't put the bikes where the customers were. I bet they couldn't sell ice water in the Sahara in summer, because their stores would only be open in Siberia in winter.


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