Palo Alto Weekly

News - October 19, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Oct. 15)

Pension reform: The council discussed the city's rising costs of employee benefits and the plan to recruit and retain staff. Members directed staff to do more research into the potential impact of the pension reforms recently passed by the state Legislature on the city's reform efforts. Action: None

Parking: The council passed an urgency ordinance that imposes a moratorium on parking exemptions granted to developers with new projects downtown and near California Avenue. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Schmid

Architectural Review Board (Oct. 18)

Rinconada Park:The board held a study session to consider the proposed design changes in the long-range plan for Rinconada Park. Action: None

1845 El Camino Real:The board discussed but did not vote on a proposal by The Hayes Group on behalf of Yeh Jen Fy for a three-story building with 2,663 square feet of commercial space and one residential unit at 1845 El Camino Real. Action: None

1701 Page Mill Road:The board approved a proposal by Stanford Real Estate to demolish 67,000 square feet of existing commercial floor area and to construct a 116,000-square-foot, two-story research-and-development building on an 8.5-acre site at 1701 Page Mill Road. Yes: Lew, Lippert, Malone Prichard, Popp Absent: Alizadeh

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