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CityView A round-up of

Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Feb. 6)

Compost: The council authorized a study to create a process and timeline for evaluation of a waste-to-energy facility in the Baylands and approved a contract for design work relating to the capping of the landfill at Byxbee Park. Yes: Burt, Espinosa, Holman, Klein, Scharff, Schmid, Shepherd, Yeh Absent: Price

Council Finance Committee (Feb. 7)

Feed-in tariff: The committee recommended approval of a new feed-in tariff program for renewable energy. The program would be called Palo Alto Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN). Yes: Burt, Scharff, Shepherd Absent: Price

Planning and Transportation Commission (Feb. 8)

2585 East Bayshore Road: The commission approved a proposal to convert a research-and-development building at 2585 East Bayshore Road into a daycare center. Yes: Fineberg, Garber, Keller, Martinez, Michael, Tuma Absent: Tanaka

Council Rail Committee (Feb. 9)

Legislation: The committee directed staff to draft a letter in support of Senate Bill 985, which would bar the state from spending any more bond money on high-speed rail. Yes: Unanimous Revised EIR: The committee discussed the revised program-level Environmental Impact Report for the Bay Area-to-Central Valley segment of the rail line with its environmental consultant and Sacramento lobbyist. Action: None

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Palo Alto Weekly 02.10.2012 - section 1  

Section 1 of the February 10, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

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