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PUBLIC AGENDA: city audit, weighted GPA, labor negotiations

 

A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 14.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to meet in a closed session to discuss negotiations with Community Housing, Inc., and Episcopal Homes Foundation on the city's options to repurchase the Lytton Gardens Senior Communities. The council also plans to consider a request to subdivide a parcel at 900 N. California Ave. into three parcels; amend the 2017 municipal fee schedule; adopt revisions to the city's Architectural Review Findings; and consider adopting a Carbon Neutral Natural Gas Plan. The closed session will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. The rest of the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter in the Council Chambers. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL APPOINTED OFFICERS COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to meet in a closed session to discuss labor negotiations with the city manager, city attorney, city auditor and city clerk. The council will then discuss the performance evaluation process for the four council appointed officers. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the recent audit of the city's financial statements; consider approving the Fiscal Year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and discuss the Development Services Cost of Services Study. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the council's legislative strategic initiatives, make recommendations for the council's 2017 priority setting process and discuss the quarterly report from the Office of the City Auditor. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

BOARD OF EDUCATION ... The board will discuss a new short-term proposal for reporting weighted grade point averages at Palo Alto High school; a report on the district's bond program; a new board policy on human and animal subjects in research; and ratify tentative agreement on benefits with the teachers and classified unions. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. Read the agenda here.

COUNCIL APPOINTED OFFICERS COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to meet in a closed session to discuss labor negotiations with the city manager, city attorney, city auditor and city clerk. The council will then discuss the performance evaluation process for the four council appointed officers. The meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. Read the agenda here.

PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review the draft Parks, Trails, Natural Open Space and Recreation Master Plan and consider recommended changes to the Palo Alto Aquatics Program. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the city's Comprehensive Plan update process and review recent council and school board meetings. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board plans to discuss 693 Arastradero Road, a proposal to demolish three existing single-family homes, construction of a new preschool and expansion of the Bowman School. The board also plans to consider exterior modifications to an existing building at 480 Lytton Ave.; consider an application to construct a residential addition above a commercial building at 203 Forest Ave.; and consider a revised application for 1451-59 Hamilton Ave. and 1462 Edgewood Drive, a proposal to demolish two single-story houses and two two-story houses and construction of three single-story houses and one two-story house. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission plans to consider approving funds of up to $25,000 to support the Code:ART initiative for reimagining downtown alleys and utilized spaces with nine installations; and hear an update on priority projects for conservation and presentation regarding the artwork remediation for California Avenue tunnel. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.

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