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News - March 3, 2023

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Feb. 27)

E-Bikes: The commission voted 5-2 to ban e-bikes on unpaved trails in open space preserves, including the Baylands. They also voted unanimously to have staff explore new rules to reduce speed limits for all bikes in open space preserves and to ban bikes on single-track trails in Arastradero.

Yes: Burt, Kou, Lauing, Stone, Veenker

No: Lythcott-Haims, Tanaka

Board of Education (Feb. 28)

Employment: The board voted unanimously in closed session to reassign an unnamed employee to a teaching position for next school year, board President Jennifer DiBrienza announced when the board reconvened into open session.

Yes: Unanimous

Finance: The board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing district staff to refinance previously issued general obligation bonds. The authorization will be active for 90 days. Whether the bonds are actually refinanced will depend on whether interest rates are favorable during that time period, district administrators said.

Yes: Unanimous

Election: The board unanimously approved voting for six candidates for the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly.

Yes: Unanimous

Utilities Advisory Commission (March 1)

Financial plans: The commission recommended approval of the water, wastewater and electricity financial plans.

Yes: Unanimous

Gas: The commission recommended approval of the financial plan for the gas utility and supported the alternative that would transfer 15.5% of the utility's gross revenue to the general fund.

Yes: Bowie, Forssell, Johnston, Scharff, Segal, Smith

No: Metz


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