City Council Committees

The City Council participates in meeting groups to develop discussion on City matters. The Mayor assigns Council Members to Standing Committees annually. The City Council can also create Ad Hoc Committees based on need. Ad Hocs are short-term Committees for very specific discussions. City Council can appoint up to three members to an Ad Hoc Committee.

Standing Committees

The City of Palo Alto has five standing committees that focus on varied topics within the City. City Council Members are appointed to a standing committee to view and discuss items referred by the City Council. They then recommend to the City Council the best course of action to take. Standing committees have discussions on continuing topics, which are fixed in a meeting schedule.

  • City/School Liaison Committee meets monthly on the third Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
    Council assignments and Committee members: 
    • Vice Mayor Burt (Chair)
    • Council Member Tanaka
    • Board President Dharap
    • Board Member DiBrienza
  • Council Appointed Officers Committee meets on an as-needed basis.
    Council assignments:
    • Mayor DuBois (Chair)
    • Council Member Filseth
    • Council Member Kou
  • Finance Committee meets monthly on the first and third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
    Council assignments:
    • Vice Mayor Burt
    • Council Member Cormack (Chair)
    • Council Member Filseth
  • Policy and Services Committee meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
    Council assignments:
    • Council Member Kou (Chair)
    • Council Member Stone
    • Council Member Tanaka
  • Rail Committee meets on an as-needed basis

Ad Hoc Committees

The City Council can appoint Ad Hoc Committees to add Council leadership to specific focus areas. These Ad Hoc Committees are created for a set period of time, unless reappointed by the new Mayor in the following year. You can read more about Ad Hoc Committees in the City Council Protocols and Procedures Handbook(PDF, 288KB).

  • Housing Element Ad Hoc Committee
    Council assignments:
    • Mayor DuBois
    • Council Member Filseth
    • Council Member Stone
  • Cubberley Ad Hoc Committee
    Council assignments and Committee members:
    • Mayor DuBois 
    • Council Member Cormack
    • Council Member Kou
    • Board Member Collins
    • Board President Dharap  
  • Cubberley Planning Ad Hoc Committee
    Council assignments:
    • Vice Mayor Burt
    • Council Member Cormack
  • Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Ad Hoc Committee meets on a monthly basis.
    Council assignments:
    • Vice Mayor Burt
    • Council Member Cormack