Palo Alto Weekly

News - February 18, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Feb. 14)

Appreciation: The council passed resolutions of appreciation for Valerie Stinger, Vibhu Mittal and Shauna Mora. Yes: Unanimous

California Avenue: The council approved the negative declaration for the California Avenue Streetscape Improvement project, which includes reducing the number of lanes from four to two. Yes: Unanimous

Policy and Services Committee (Feb. 15)

Agenda: The committee saw a presentation on agenda automation. Action: None

Procedures: The committee discussed a series of changes to the City Council's procedures and protocols. The committee voted unanimously to further explore changing procedures for conducting study sessions and for submittal of materials directly to the council. The committee also voted 3-1 to modify the wording in the procedures relating to council conduct toward individual board or commission members. Yes: Burt, Holman, Price No: Klein

City-School Liaison Committee (Feb. 16)

School issues: The committee discussed demographic projections for school enrollment and heard an update on activities to address teen mental health. Action: None

City issues: The committee discussed the proposed expansion plan for Stanford University Medical Center and possible impacts on school traffic routes. Action: None

Historic Resources Board (Feb. 16)

Roth Building: The board approved a proposal to rehabilitate and expand the Roth Building at 300 Homer Ave. The building will house the Palo Alto Historical Museum. Yes: Bernstein, Bower, Bunnenberg, Di Cicco, Kohler, Loukianoff Absent: Makinen

Architectural Review Board (Feb. 17)

300 Homer Ave.: The board approved a proposal to rehabilitate and expand the Roth Building at 300 Homer Ave. with some conditions relating to public access to the restroom and to the café along Bryant Street. Yes: Lee, Lew, Malone Prichard, Young Absent: Wasserman

Stanford Hospital: The board discussed the proposed design for the new Stanford Hospital & Clinics building. The project is part of the Stanford University Medical Center expansion project. The board will vote on the project at a later date. Action: None

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