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News - August 31, 2012

Around Town

ARRIVALS ... Palo Alto's newest high-level planner received a pleasant surprise at his first meeting of the city's Planning and Transportation Commission. Just minutes after Assistant Director Aaron Aknin was introduced to the commission Wednesday night, he received an unexpected visit from another planning body — the San Bruno Planning Commission. Aknin had spent 10 years in San Bruno's Planning Department, the past five as community-development director. The San Bruno commission came south to present Aknin with a special proclamation. "Aaron left very quickly," San Bruno Planning Commissioner Perry Petersen said. "As it turns out, there was not a planning commission meeting for us to make a presentation like this." Petersen said the commission has very much enjoyed working with Aknin and, in the proclamation, praised him for "exemplary service" and for acting "extremely professionally" in his decade in San Bruno. Aknin thanked his former commission for the recognition, calling the members' visit "one of the cooler surprises I've ever had." Aknin's wasn't the only new face at Wednesday's meeting. Its newest commissioner, Michael Alcheck, made his debut. The commission also unanimously elected Mark Michael as its a new vice chair, a post formerly held by Susan Fineberg. The City Council voted last month not to reappoint Fineberg to a fresh term. Commissioner Arthur Keller alluded to that decision and said he was voting for a new vice chair "with mixed emotions." Like his colleagues, he lauded Michael for his background in corporate governance, which members agreed could help him facilitate efficient operations. In its sole overture to tradition, the commission also voted unanimously to keep Eduardo Martinez as its chair for another year.

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