Election: The council directed staff to return on Aug. 1 with an ordinance calling for a special election in November on the Palo Alto Green Energy and Compost Initiative. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Klein
Board of Education (April 5)
Gunn air conditioning: The board approved the award of a $1.75 million contract for installation of air conditioning in existing classrooms at Gunn High School this summer. Yes: Unanimous
Tenure: The board approved "permanent status," as governed by the California Education Code, for 41 teachers who have served two probationary years, passed evaluations and received the recommendation of supervisors. Yes: Unanimous
Budget: The board heard a staff report indicating the district could face reductions in state revenue of up to $14.7 million because of failure to place a tax-extension measure on the June ballot. Action: None
Counseling: The board heard a presentation from high school vice-principals about the services offered by counselors in the district's three middle schools and two high schools. Action: None
Finance Committee (April 5)
Grant funds: The committee approved funding for the Community Development Block Grant and the Human Services Resource Allocation Process. Yes: Unanimous
Refuse: The committee heard a presentation on the preliminary results of a cost-of-service study for the city's Refuse Fund. Action: None
Historic Review Board (April 6)
Hoover Pavilion: The board discussed a proposal by Stanford University Medical Center to perform external renovations to Hoover Pavilion as part of its expansion project. Action: None
Utility Advisory Commission (April 6)
Feed-in tariffs: The commission approved the staff-recommended policies and guidelines for renewable energy feed-in tariffs. Yes: Unanimous
Gas: The commission discussed the long-term financial projections and revenue requirements of the city's gas utility. Action: None
Electricity: The commission voted not to transfer funds from the Calaveras Reserve to the city's electricity fund until further analysis is conducted. Yes: Berry, Cook, Foster, Waldfogel No: Keller, Melton Absent: Eglash
Architectural Review Board (April 7)
Cell tower: The board voted to continue its hearing on AT&T's proposal to install a cell tower at St. Albert the Great Church, 1095 Channing Ave. Yes: Lee, Lew, Malone Pritchard, Young No: Wasserman
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