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News - December 7, 2012

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Dec. 3)

27 University Ave.: The council decided not to go forward with a June ballot measure on a proposed office-and-theater complex and directed staff to come up with two other alternatives for the site at 27 University Ave. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Price, Scharff, Shepherd, Schmid Recused: Klein, Yeh

pstyle:13head>Board of Education (Dec. 4)

New members: One newly elected member and two returning incumbents were sworn into office. The board also discussed a report on the school district's finances, indicating positive news due to the Nov. 6 passage of California Proposition 30 and a higher-than-budgeted increase in projected property-tax receipts. Action: None

Council Finance Committee (Dec. 4)

2012 Budget: The committee discussed and approved the financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. Yes: Unanimous

Historic Resources Board (Dec. 5)

27 University Ave.: The board discussed the potential relocation of the Hostess House at 27 University Ave. to make way for four office buildings and a theater. Board members criticized the proposal to move the historic building but did not vote on the proposal. Action: None

Utilities Advisory Commission (Dec. 5)

Rate schedules: The commission recommended modifying six electric-rate schedules covering medium and large commercial customers to include standby service charges. Yes: Chang, Cook, Eglash, Foster, Melton, Waldfogel Absent: Hall

Legislation: The commission recommended approval of the proposed Legislative Policy Guidelines for 2013. Yes: Chang, Cook, Eglash, Foster, Melton, Waldfogel Absent: Hall

Carbon neutrality: The commission recommended approving a carbon-neutral plan for the electric-supply portfolio. Yes: Chang, Cook, Eglash, Foster, Melton, Waldfogel Absent: Hall

Architectural Review Board (Dec. 6)

145 Hawthorne Ave.: The board reviewed a proposal to construct three detached residential units and requested various revisions to the design plans, including landscape drawings, fence details and removal of copper detailing. The board continued the item to Jan. 17. Yes: Unanimous

Council Rail Corridor Committee (Dec. 6)

Lobbyist: The committee recommended extending the city's contract with its high-speed-rail lobbyist, Professional Evaluation Group, to explore cost-sharing opportunities with other cities and to leave room in the scope of the contract for expanded representation relating to California Environmental Quality Act legislation. Yes: Burt, Klein, Shepherd Absent: Scharff

Guidelines: The committee approved the recently amended Rail Committee Guiding Principles. Yes: Burt, Klein, Shepherd Absent: Scharff

Task force: The committee recommended approving the Rail Corridor Task Force Report, a vision document that would provide guidance on rail-related matters. Yes: Burt, Klein, Shepherd Absent: Scharff


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