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News - September 7, 2018

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council

The council did not meet this week.

Council Finance Committee (Sept. 4)

Investment: The committee supported a staff proposal to revise the city's investment policy, including new language codifying the city's "environmental, social and governance" practice. Yes: Unanimous

Labor: The committee directed staff to reach out to the city's various bargaining units to discuss proposals to add transparency to labor negotiations. Yes: Filseth, Kou, Scharff Absent: Tanaka

Board of Education (Sept. 4)

Bond funds: The board approved the appropriation of Strong Schools Bond revenue and expenditures. Yes: Unanimous

Furnishings: The board authorized purchase orders for furnishings and equipment for new music classrooms at Gunn High School and Palo Alto High School's new library. Yes: Unanimous

Signature authorization resolution: The board waived its two-meeting rule and approved a resolution delegating authority to the superintendent and designees to sign contracts, orders and checks. Yes: Unanimous Purchase orders resolution: The board waived its two-meeting rule and approved purchase orders from July and August. Yes: Unanimous

Deputy superintendent: The board waived its two-meeting rule (in a 4-1 vote, with Baten Caswell dissenting) and approved a contract for Karen Hendricks to become deputy superintendent. Yes: Unanimous

Budget: During a budget update, the board passed a motion to require staff to give monthly reports to the board on the district's legal expenses, including year-to-date spending and updated forecasts. Yes: Unanimous

General counsel: The board discussed a general counsel position but voted down a motion to waive the two-meeting rule. The item will return at the board's next meeting. Yes: Collins, Dauber, DiBrienza No: Baten Caswell, Godfrey

General counsel reporting: The board passed a motion stating the general counsel will report to the Board of Education with a "dotted line" to the superintendent. Yes: Baten Caswell, Collins, Dauber, DiBrienza Abstain: Godfrey

Aug. 21, 2018, minutes: The board approved the Aug. 21, 2018, meeting minutes and requested the superintendent bring back a proposal for how to capture in the minutes "to-dos" that trustees mention during meetings. Yes: Unanimous

Utilities Advisory Commission (Sept. 5)

Electric: The commission discussed the 2018 Electric Integrated Resource Plan. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (Sept. 6)

3241 Park Ave. The board discussed a proposal to build a 10,100-square-foot two-story commercial development at 3241 Park Ave.

Action: None

3223 Hanover St. The board approved a proposal to construct a new two-story, 67,200-square-foot office and research-and-development project at 3223 Hanover St.

Yes: Firth, Gooyer, Lew Absent: Baltay, Thompson


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