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News - May 16, 2014

Around Town

WELCOME TO THE PROCESS ... After weeks of barely meeting its quorum requirement, Palo Alto's influential Planning and Transportation Commission is at last fully staffed. The City Council on Monday night voted to appoint Eric Rosenblum and Przemek Gardias to fill the two commission seats that were left vacant because of recent resignations of Alex Panelli and Eduardo Martinez. The council unanimously appointed Rosenblum to the seven-member commission for a term that ends in October 2017. In the second round of voting, Gardias edged Brian Hamachek by a 5-4 vote for a term that will end in October 2016. Rosenblum, a downtown resident who worked as Google's director of strategy between 2008 and 2012, has become engaged in downtown's recent debates over parking and traffic improvements as part of the nascent group Green Planning Action. He wrote in his application that he is particularly interested in the city's transportation-demand management program, an effort to get commuters who drive alone to switch to other transportation modes. Gardias, an urban planner and architect, listed as his two main areas of particular interest the development plan for California Avenue (particularly as it relates to retention of local businesses) and the master plan for Rinconada Park. In another tight vote, the council appointed Jim Migdal to a seat on the Public Art Commission. Migdal, who beat out Christine Miller Kelly by a 5-4 vote, grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and worked as director of business development at Facebook between 2007 and 2011.

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