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News - September 16, 2022

City View

A roundup of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Sept. 12)

Wastewater: The council discussed the city's partnership with Valley Water for construction of a salt-removal wastewater plant and a purification plant at the Los Altos Treatment Plant site at 1237 San Antonio Road. Action: None

Housing: The council held pre-screening hearings to discuss two "planned home zoning" proposals: a 70-condominium building proposed for 70 Encina Ave., and a development with 55 condominiums, six townhomes and six accessory dwelling units proposed for 4333 and 4345 El Camino Real. Action: None

Police: The council approved the Police Department's policy on military weapons. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (Sept. 13)

Special education: The board heard a presentation about special education organization and support services. Action: None

PAUSD Promise: The board heard a staff presentation about the district's literacy programs, including the Every Student Reads Initiative, and progress on the 2022 Early Literacy California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Action: None

Council Policy and Services Committee (Sept. 13)

Rental registry: The committee approved moving ahead with a rental registry to gather data on rents, eviction and rent increases. The council also requested that staff return with proposals on how the data will be used. Yes: Cormack, Stone No: Tanaka

Planning and Transportation Commission (Sept. 14)

1237 San Antonio Road: The commission recommended approving a change in the Comprehensive Plan to accommodate a transitional housing development funded by Project Homekey at 1237 San Antonio Road. Yes: Unanimous

Utilities Advisory Commission (Sept. 14)

Cross bore: The commission heard an update about the city's cross bore verification process. Action: None

Electric vehicles: The commission heard an update about the city's efforts to accommodate electric vehicles, including the charging program for multi-family homes. Action: None

Fiber: The commission agreed to refer to the City Council a memo from its Fiber Subcommittee pertaining to the proposed expansion of the municipal fiber system. The commission did not take a position on the memo. Yes: Unanimous

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