Stanford: The council discussed the Stanford University Medical Center hospital-expansion project and the status of negotiations between the city and Stanford on a development agreement. Action: None
City Council (Feb. 1)
Interviews: The council interviewed candidates for three positions on the Library Advisory Commission. Action: None
Finance Committee (Feb. 1)
Refuse rate: The committee discussed the city's ongoing study analyzing the rate structures for refuse collection and the compatibility of the city's conservation pricing with Proposition 218. Action: None
Finances: The committee discussed the city's long-term financial forecast. Action: None
Utilities Advisory Commission (Feb. 2)
Photovoltaic: The commission discussed the implementation of feed-in tariffs for solar photovoltaic customers. Action: None
Water rates: The commission recommended approval of staff proposal to raise water rates by an average of 12.5 percent this year, with the exact rate increase varying by customers. The commission made several amendments, including a recommendations that no customer class gets a rate reduction at the same time as other customer classes get rate increases. Yes: Eglash, Foster, Keller, Melton No: Berry, Waldfogel
Strategic Plan: The commission approved the Utilities Department's 2011 Strategic Plan. Yes: Unanimous
Smart Grid: The commission approved a pilot project focusing on Demand Response for commercial customers. The program aims to provide customers with information about peak electricity-usage days and give them financial incentive to reduce usage on those days. Yes: Berry, Foster, Kelly, Melton, Waldfogel Recused: Eglash
High-Speed Rail Committee (Feb. 3)
Rail: The committee heard updates on Caltrain and high-speed rail from the city's Sacramento lobbyist. Action: None
Letters: The committee approved sending four letters to rail officials and legislators expressing the city's concerns about high-speed rail. Action: None
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