Palo Alto Weekly

News - March 11, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (March 7)

Palo Alto Commons: The council approved a request to add 0.8 acres to an existing planned-community (PC) zone to enable the construction of a 44-unit addition to Palo Alto Commons, a senior-housing complex at 4041 El Camino Way. Yes: Unanimous Utilities: The council approved long-term strategic plans proposed by the Utilities Department for electricity and gas acquisition. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (March 8)

Math Task Force: The board approved formation of a parent-teacher task force to explore and recommend to the superintendent "exemplary practices" in elementary school mathematics. Yes: Baten Caswell, Mitchell, Tom, Townsend

Absent: Klausner

Longer-day kindergarten: The board approved the trial of an optional longer-day kindergarten at Barron Park School starting this November, in which kindergartners will stay at school until 2:40 p.m. Yes: Baten Caswell, Mitchell, Tom, Townsend

Absent: Klausner

City Council Policy and Services Committee (March 8)

Economic development: The committee discussed the city's strategy for economic development, including a proposal to create partnerships with clean-tech companies to test emerging technology. Action: None

Procedures: The committee discussed the City Council's policy and procedures, including its process for study sessions. The committee asked to return with various revisions. Yes: Burt, Price, Yeh Absent: Klein

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 9)

Stanford Hospital: The commission discussed the Final Environmental Impact Report for Stanford University Medical Center's proposed expansion of its hospital facilities. The commission continued its discussion until March 23. Yes: Unanimous

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