Board of Education (June 12)
Facilities bond tax rate: The board set the 2012-13 tax rate on facilities bonds passed in 1995 and 2008 at $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, the maximum permitted under California's Proposition 39. Yes: Caswell, Klausner, Tom, Townsend
Budget: The board discussed a proposed 2012-13 district operating budget of $163.2 million, using reserve funds to make up a $5.5 million shortfall in revenue. Action: None
Homework policy: The board approved a new homework policy, specifying suggested amounts of time students should spend on homework, with implementation up to principals. Yes: Unanimous
High school counseling: The board heard reports from high school principals on their efforts to improve guidance-counseling programs. Action: None
Council Finance Committee (June 12)
Massage: The committee discussed proposed revisions to the city's massage ordinance and recommended approving the latest staff proposal, which excludes reflexology practitioners and does not include a logbook requirement for local massage establishments. Yes: Unanimous
Hotline: The committee discussed and approved proposed policies for the city's new Fraud, Waste and Abuse Hotline for city employees. Yes: Unanimous
City Council Rail Committee (June 13)
High-Speed Rail: The committee discussed appropriation language for California's high-speed rail project. The committee did not vote but agreed to call another meeting at a later date to consider the city's position on the appropriation.
Planning and Transportation Commission (June 13)
1095 Channing Ave.: The commission discussed a request for conditional use permit to allow operation of a new pre-kindergarten program and day-care program at an existing private school. The commission continued the item to a later date. Yes: Keller, Michael, Tanaka, Tuma Absent: Fineberg, Martinez
City Council (June 13)
Infrastructure: The council held a retreat to discuss the city's infrastructure needs, including a new public-safety building. The council discussed a proposal by developer Jay Paul to partner with the city on the new facility and tentatively scheduled a pre-screening session for Sept. 4 to discuss the proposal further. Action: None
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