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News - January 22, 2021

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Jan. 19)

Housing: The council held a pre-screening meeting to discuss a proposed "planned housing" zone project at 2591 El Camino Real, which includes 113 apartments, 1,000 square feet of retail and 5,000 square feet of office space. Action: None

Race and equity: The council heard a presentation about the Human Relation Commission's report, "Black and Brown Palo Alto: History and Current Experience." Action: None

Foothills Park: The council voted to institute a $6 fee for entry to Foothills Park and to lower the cap on visitors to Foothills to 400 at any one time, while giving staff flexibility to raise it to 500. Yes: Burt, DuBois, Filseth, Kou, Stone, Tanaka

No: Cormack

Board of Education (Jan. 19)

PG&E eminent domain: In closed session, the board agreed to contract for temporary specialized legalized services without using a RFP process and appointed attorney Wendel Rosen to represent the district in a potential eminent domain case with PG&E. Yes: Unanimous

Draft budget: The board discussed the district's 2021-22 draft budget assumptions. Action: None

Summer school: The board discussed options for investing in expanding in-person summer school, if allowable under public health restrictions. Action: None

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