Palo Alto Weekly

News - May 10, 2013

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (May 6)

Salaries: The council discussed a proposal to align the salaries of managers and professionals with median salaries at benchmark cities. The council directed the Finance Committee to further study the proposal. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd No: Price Absent: Kniss

Stanford funds: The council discussed funds from the Stanford University Medical Center development agreement. The council directed its Policy and Services to establish guiding principles for using these funds. Yes: Berman, Burt, Holman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd Absent: Kniss

Board of Education (May 7)

Teacher pay: The board approved 3 percent pay raises for teachers, staff and most managers, retroactive to the start of the 2012-13 school year, as well as a one-time bonus of 1 percent. Yes: Unanimous

Mobile home park: The board heard testimony from residents of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park asking for help keeping the park's 100-plus children in Palo Alto schools pending closure of the park. Action: None

Finance Committee (May 7)

Budget: The committee tentatively approved the proposed fiscal year 2014 budgets for the offices of City Manager, City Clerk and the City Attorney; for the City Council and for the Human Resources Department. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (May 8)

California Avenue: The commission discussed the proposed area concept plan for the California Avenue/Fry's Electronics area. Commissioners expressed support for the idea of creating a "technology corridor" on Park Boulevard. Action: None

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