Palo Alto Weekly

News - May 25, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (May 21)

Gardens: The council approved building a new plaza and a driveway between the Main Library and the Palo Alto Art Center. Yes: Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh No: Holman Absent: Burt

Infrastructure: The council directed staff to begin planning for a 2014 ballot measure that would help fund infrastructure repairs. Yes: Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Burt

Electricity: The council directed staff to come up with a plan for a carbon-neutral electric portfolio. Yes: Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Burt

Board of Education (May 22)

Graduation requirements: The board voted to stiffen high school graduation requirements to align with entrance criteria for California's public, four-year universities starting with the Class of 2016, with a provision for customized "alternative graduation requirements" for students who cannot or prefer not to complete the four-year college-prep curriculum. Yes: Unanimous

Property lease: The board approved a plan to lease district property at 525 San Antonio Road for two years to Athena Academy, a startup school for dyslexic learners, which plans to sublease part of the space to Champion Kinder International School. Yes: Caswell, Klausner, Mitchell, Tom Absent: Townsend

Council Finance Committee (May 22)

Public Works: The council approved the proposed budget for the Public Works Department. Yes: Price, Scharff, Shepherd Absent: Burt

Parks and Recreation Commission (May 22)

Budget: The commission discussed the proposed budget for the Community Services Department and recommended fewer cuts and more modest fee increases for community gardens, artists at Cubberley Community Center and lawn bowling. Yes: Ashlund, Crommie, Hetterly, Lauing, Markevitch, Walsh Absent: Losch

Council Rail Committee (May 24)

High-speed rail: The committee heard an update on Caltrain electrification and on the proposed state budget, as it relates to high-speed rail. Action: None

Architectural Review Board (May 24)

711 El Camino Real: The board discussed a proposal by Clement Chen for a new four-story 23-room hotel with one level of partially below-grade parking at 711 El Camino Real. Action: None

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