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News - November 18, 2022

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Nov. 14)

Police: The council heard a presentation from the city's independent police auditor about recent trends in the police department.

Action: None

Ventura: The council approved several refinements to the preferred alternative of the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan. These included a 5-2 vote to pursue zoning changes that would facilitate housing on commercially zoned sites on Page Mill Road and Park Boulevard. Yes: Burt, Cormack, Filseth, Stone, Tanaka No: DuBois, Kou

Council Finance Committee (Nov. 14)

Wastewater: The committee recommended approving a $161-million contract with Anderson Pacific Engineering Construction and other contracts associated with upgrades to secondary treatment at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (Nov. 15)

Choice School: The board unanimously approved plans for Ellen Fletcher Middle School to adopt an environmental sustainability theme starting next school year and allow students from throughout the district to apply to attend. Yes: Unanimous

Public Comment: The board voted to reduce the maximum time allowed for each public commenter from three minutes down to two minutes. Yes: Collins, Dauber, Dharap No: DiBrienza, Ladomirak

Construction:The board unanimously approved awarding a contract for the Escondido Elementary School administration and multipurpose building to Sausal Corporation for $20.56 million and to increase the total project budget by $6.94 million to a total of $27.81 million. One of the unsuccessful contractors who bid on the project filed a bid protest, but the district's attorney determined that the district had no legal basis to reject Sausal's lower bid, Director of Facilities Eric Holm said. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (Nov. 16)

660 University Ave.: The commission recommended advancing the proposed mixed-use development at 660 University Ave. and modifying elements of the project pertaining to setback, parking and affordability of units. Yes: Chang, Hechtman, Reckdahl, Roohparvar, Templeton

No: Summa Absent: Lauing

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