Community Check-In Meetings
The City Manager has monthly check-ins with the community, and that would be you… Palo Altan resident.
These informal community check-in meetings are held via Zoom and are open to the public to provide feedback on the program, will be on the following dates and times:
- February 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- March 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- April 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- May 18, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- June 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Click to join the webinar on Zoom.
Webinar ID: 995 9377 6067
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Please join City Council at our retreat on Saturday, January 30, 2021 starting at 9:00am virtually. Here is the link to join:
***BY VIRTUAL TELECONFERENCE ONLY***
Meeting ID: 362 027 238 Phone:1(669)900-6833
You can access the Agenda here. (Hovering your curser over an agenda item and clicking will provide access to the staff report).
This Council Retreat is a priority setting meeting and there is an opportunity for you to speak and provide your thoughts during Public Comments scheduled for 12:00noon.
The National Citizens Survey, missed in 2019, has returned as the Nation Community Survey and now coordinated and managed through the City Manager’s office (it used to be coordinated through the City Auditor’s office). Some of you may have received this survey and already submitted it. If you did not receive the survey, you can take the survey online.
Regional planning had gone completely out of whack and essentially their goal, the way I see it, is to ensure cities and counties fail in its housing goals and obstruct cities to plan land use in a practical, realistic, and balanced manner.
MTC/ABAG had previously assigned Palo Alto to build 10,500+ housing units between 2023-2031 (8 years), later ABAG reduces the obligation to 6,058 housing units. This number is unreasonable when compared to the 1,988 housing units allocated between the years 2015-2023. This MTC/ABAG action is purposefully setting up cities and counties fail so that state laws can take over jurisdiction's land use, zoning and permitting process. MTC/ABAG’s action is strategic to cause divisiveness and to pit cities against cities.
It has been my pleasure to represent Palo Alto at the Santa Clara/Santa Cruz Counties Airport/Community Roundtable (SCSC RT) and as liaison to the SFO Airport/Community Roundtable (SFO RT) for the last four years to address airplane/craft noise, which has not only has been excessive, but disruptive and has health and environmental impacts. Council Member Greer Stone is the new appointee to the SCSC Roundtable.
I would like to bring you up to date on the discussions:
The election has new incoming City Council Members and I am excited to welcome them and am looking forward to collaborating on policies using good governance to benefit Palo Altans. However, before the new Council is sworn in, it is Duck Season – Lame Duck season. It looks like the outgoing majority will try and push through as many irresponsible policies, developments and bad governance as possible.
On the Monday, November 16 City Council meeting, there are several items of interest.
On the Consent Calendar, item no. 7 is the second reading to adopt a revised ordinance that would open Foothills Park to non-residents. Go here for the settlement materials. In my opinion, in choosing to settle, the City of Palo Alto attorney has allowed to stand the lawsuit's claims that Palo Altans are racists and supported segregation.