Palo Alto Weekly

News - October 21, 2011

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Oct. 17)

Contract: The council approved a contract with the city's firefighter's union. Yes: Unanimous

California Avenue: The council directed staff to explore a "modified hybrid option" for the California Avenue streetscape-improvement project and asked that the new design does not result in a net decrease in parking. Yes: Unanimous.

California Avenue Plaza: The council also directed staff to consider a new central plaza and a parallel-parking design for California Avenue. Yes: Espinosa, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Yeh No: Burt, Holman, Klein, Shepherd

Board of Education (Oct. 18)

Land acquisition: The board met in closed session to discuss the school district's pending acquisition of 2.6 acres at 525 San Antonio Road. Action: None

Council Finance Committee (Oct. 18)

Letter: The committee discussed and accepted an actuarial report detailing an increase in medical costs for retirees. Yes: Unanimous

Finance: The committee discussed the Fiscal Year 2012 budget and considered ways to close the $4.3 million deficit in the budget. Action: None

Council Policy and Services Committee (Oct. 18)

Electric vehicles: The committee approved a staff proposal to establish a policy for electric vehicles, which includes new charging stations at city garages and incentives for developers to provide charging stations at new projects. Yes: Unanimous

Historic Resources Board (Oct. 19)

Edgewood Plaza: The board reviewed and recommended approval of the proposed plan for Edgewood Plaza at 2080 Channing Road. The plan includes building 10 homes, relocating one building and rehabilitating two retail buildings. Yes: Bernstein, Bower, Di Cicco, Kohler, Maikinen, Smithwick No: Bunnenberg

Planning and Transportation Commission (Oct. 19)

Density: The commission discussed the Residential Density Bonus Ordinance and its compatibility with Senate Bill 1818. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (Oct. 20)

Lockheed Martin: The board voted to approve a proposal by DGA Architects on behalf of Stanford and Lockheed Martin for a two-story building in an office park at 3251 Hanover St. The approval included conditions that the applicant provides more details about materials, parking, retaining wall and signage. Yes: Lew, Malone Prichard, Wasserman, Young Absent: Lee

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