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Around Town

OUT FOR THE SUMMER ... After a rare double header of meetings this week, the Palo Alto City Council officially kicked off its summer vacation. But even though the council won't meet until Aug. 15, the city's planning staff will be as busy as ever between now and then. Parking, for one, remains a burning issue. And after the council voted earlier this month to add funding for two new residential parking-permit programs — in Evergreen Park and Southgate — staff is preparing to start outreach for the programs in July. The introduction of the two programs is a break from the city's prior policy, which sought to limit new permit programs to one per year. Now, officials believe they can do more. With the council agreeing to add funding to the new parking programs, City Manager James Keene said at the June 20 meeting that staff believes that its experience with the recently established parking-permit program in downtown "should allow for a reasonably accelerated schedule" for the new proposals. If the new programs are like the downtown one, parking at Evergreen Park and Southgate for non-permit holders will be limited to two hours. The biggest question is whether employees in the California Avenue neighborhood will be eligible for buying the permits (as in downtown) or whether permits should be limited to residents (as in College Terrace). In addition to the two new programs, Palo Alto also plans to expand the downtown program to include several blocks in Crescent Park that earlier this year petitioned to be included in the parking district, Keene said.

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"City Manager James Keene said that between now and 2020, when the award is up for renewal, he hopes to see the city enter an even more exclusive club: platinum level."

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