Palo Alto Weekly

News - November 16, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Nov. 13)

Parking: The council voted to support most of the strategies proposed by staff for dealing with downtown's parking shortage, including a new study of city garages, a "downtown cap" study and installation of new bike-parking spots and electric-vehicle charging stations. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh No: Holman

Creek: The council voted to support the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority's proposed flood-control project, which targets the area between San Francisco Bay and U.S. Highway 101. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh No: Holman

Board of Education (Nov. 13)

New elementary school: The board adopted a timeline calling for a recommendation by May 2013 on a location for the opening of a 13th elementary school, likely by the fall of 2017. Yes: Unanimous

College readiness: The board reviewed statistics on the percentage of 2012 high school graduates who completed entrance requirements for California's public, four-year universities. Action: None

Council Finance Committee (Nov. 14)

Palo Alto CLEAN: The committee voted to continue the Utility Department's solar feed-in tariff program, Palo Alto Clean Local Energy Available Now (CLEAN). The committee decided to increase the price from 14 cents per kilowatt hour to 16.5 cents and to lower the program's capacity from 4 megawatts to 2 megawatts. Yes: Unanimous

Goals: The committee approved the proposed update of the city's 10-year energy-efficiency goals for gas and electric utilities. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (Nov. 14)

827 Chimalus Drive: The commission voted to support a proposal by Samir Tuma and Kriss Deiglemeier for an exception to create a two-lot subdivision on their property at 827 Chimalus Drive. Yes: Unanimous

50 El Camino Real: The commission supported the proposed zone changes and design for the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House, which looks to add 70 rooms to accommodate demand. Yes: Unanimous

Architectural Review Board (Nov. 15)

135 Hamilton Ave.: The board held a study session to discuss the later changes to 135 Hamilton Ave., a proposal by Charles "Chop" Keenan for a new four-story building at a site currently occupied by a parking lot. Action: None

636 Waverley St.:The board held a preliminary review for a proposed four-story office building at 636 Waverley St., which would include two stories of office space and two stories of residential units. Action: None

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