Palo Alto joined a select group of environmentally friendly cities last month by becoming completely “carbon neutral,” providing 100 percent of all electricity from carbon-free sources.
The Palo Alto City Council elected Councilman Greg Scharff as mayor of Palo Alto for the upcoming year on Jan. 7. The nine-member council selected Scharff, who has served on the council since 2010 and as outgoing Mayor Yiaway Yeh’s vice mayor during 2012, in a unanimous vote.
Palo Alto’s Utilities Advisory Commission and Finance Committee announced their unanimous approval of a 25-year contract with Brannon Solar LLC on Nov. 5.
The project, which will be voted upon at the Nov. 5 meeting, has received funding from John Arrillaga ’92 MBA ’98 and will house TheatreWorks, the third-largest theater company in the Bay Area.
After 42 years seeking a permanent home, local professional theater company TheatreWorks may finally find one, thanks to John Arrillaga’s proposal to build a theatre and office complex on University land in downtown Palo Alto.
Palo Alto councilman Yiaway Yeh was unanimously elected the city’s mayor for this year, making him Palo Alto’s first Chinese-American mayor and the city’s first mayor to have graduated from Gunn High School.
Palo Alto citizens will vote today not on national, state or local officials, but on two community issues that have inspired similar amounts of political debate. Measures D and E will take center stage on the Palo Alto ballot, after a recent decision by the local legislature to move city council elections to even numbered years to save money.
The Palo Alto City Council may pass nearly $10 million worth of budget cuts for fiscal year 2011 in response to what City Manager James Keene described as unprecedented financial hardships for the city.