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News - March 10, 2017

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (March 6)

Parking:The council approved changes to the downtown Residential Preferential Parking program and directed staff to reduce the number of employee permits sold to 1,500, with 100 reserved for the two most peripheral parking zones in Crescent Park.

Yes: DuBois, Filseth, Fine, Holman, Kniss, Kou, Wolbach No: Tanaka Recused: Scharff

Stanford:The council approved a comment letter for the Stanford University's application to the Santa Clara County for a new General Use Permit. Yes: Filseth, Fine, Holman, Kniss, Kou, Scharff, Tanaka, Wolbach Recused: DuBois

City Council (March 7)

Dewatering: The council modified its rules rules for groundwater pumping, including fill-station requirements and a requirement for geotechnical study. The council also supported making further changes in 2018, which may include requiring cutoff walls for groundwater pumping during basement construction. Yes: Unanimous

Accessory Dwelling Units: The council approved several modifications to the city's municipal code concerning accessory-dwelling units. These include eliminating the city's lot-size requirement; relaxed parking requirements and the inclusion of junior accessory dwelling units in the city's code. Yes: Filseth, Fine, Kniss, Scharff, Tanaka, Wolbach No: DuBois, Holman Abstained: Kou

Board of Education (March 7)

2017-18 budget: The school board discussed potential cuts for the 2017-18 budget to mitigate a tax shortfall.

Action: None

Renaming schools: The board discussed a committee's majority recommendation to rename Jordan and Terman middle schools.

Action: None

Escondido building contract: The board authorized staff to award a contract to build a modular building and building upgrades at Escondido Elementary School. Yes: Unanimous

Planning and Transportation Commission (March 8)

Castilleja: The commission held a scoping meeting for the Environmental Impact Report for the proposed expansion of Castilleja School. Action: None

3877 El Camino Real: The commission approved a proposal for a mixed-use development with 17 residential units at the former site of Compadres. Yes: Alcheck, Lauing, Rosenblum No: Summa Recused: Gardias Absent: Waldfogel

Historic Resources Board (March 9)

Governance: The board discussed the prioritization of potential projects regarding historic preservation. Action: None

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