Palo Alto Weekly

News - June 24, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (June 20)

Budget: The council approved the fiscal year 2012 budget. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh Absent: Shepherd

Water rates: The council directed Utilities Department staff to return with a revised proposal for water-rate increases. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh No: Price Absent: Shepherd

Binding arbitration: The council directed its Policy and Services Committee to draft a measure that would amend the binding-arbitration provision in the City Charter. The council would then decide in late July whether to place this measure, or a repeal of the provision, on the ballot. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh Absent: Shepherd

Parks and Recreation Commission (June 21 )

El Camino Park: The commission discussed proposed improvements to El Camino Park, including synthetic turf, a new pathway and a dog exercising area. The commission will continue the discussion at its next meeting. Action: None

Planning and Transportation Commission (June 22)

East Meadow Circle: The commission discussed the draft concept plan for the East Meadow Circle and Fabian Way area in south Palo Alto. The discussion was continued to a later date. Action: None

Rail Committee (June 23)

Economic impact: The committee heard a report about the economic impacts of Caltrain's electrification and the proposed high-speed rail project. Action: None

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