Palo Alto Weekly

News - June 22, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (June 18)

Budget: The council approved the fiscal year 2013 budget, which includes a restructuring of the Fire Department to add a full-time ambulance and $449,000 in expected savings from animal services. Yes: Unanimous

Council Finance Committee (June 19)

Human Services: The committee discussed the Human Services Needs Assessment and directed the Human Relations Commission to further explore a funding alternative that would trim funding by 3 percent to 5 percent from existing grant recipients with contracts $10,000 or greater and to make this funding available for new applicants. Yes: Unanimous

Roth Building: The committee discussed the proposed business plan by the Palo Alto History Museum for renovation of the historic Roth Building. The committee approved the group's proposal to participate in the federal historic tax-credit program and directed staff to further explore the group's proposal to allow a for-profit tenant to rent space in the Roth Building. Yes: Unanimous

Parks and Recreation Commission (June 20)

Rinconada: The commission discussed the long-range plan for Rinconada Park. The commission considered ways to improve connections around the park and between the park and adjacent amenities, including the Palo Alto Art Center and the Lucie Stern Community Center. Action: None

Historic Resources Board (June 20)

564 University Ave.: The board approved a request by Steve Schlossarech for reconstruction, rehabilitation and restoration of a 1904 Colonial Revival building at 564 University Ave. Yes: Bernstein, Bower, Bunnenberg, Kohler, Makinen, Smithwick Absent:Di Cicco

Architectural Review Board (June 21)

1701 Page Mill Road: The board discussed but did not vote on a proposal by Stanford University for a new two-story research-and-development building at 1701 Page Mill Road. Action: None

260 California Ave.: The board discussed but did not vote on a proposal for a new three-story building at the current site of Illusions Supper Club. Action: None

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