Accelerate Fiber-to-the-Home and pursue expanded community engagement
As a result of the pandemic, the importance of affordable, fast, and reliable broadband service at homes and businesses became more apparent for telework, remote learning, telemedicine, and E-commerce. City Council is looking to accelerate the Fiber-to-the-Home project in order to bring faster broadband internet to more people in Palo Alto. Phases one and three of this project will be discussed with the Utilities Advisory Commission on April 21 and then with the City Council in May. More information can be found in CMR 12118 - Fiber Network Expansion Project(PDF, 3MB). Council has approved $200k for this work task.
Create a Downtown redesign to allow for flexible closures
The City is developing potential street configurations and improvements that would allow for flexible closures of blocks along University Avenue and provide additional outdoor space for businesses. Council has allocated $150k to this project for design work only.
Explore potential ballot measures
The City anticipates discussing potential ballot measures with the Finance Committee before the end of the current fiscal year (June 2021). Potential ballot measures include options ranging from a business tax, previously discussed with the City Council prior to COVID-19, options for raising revenue to allocate to housing, to exploring revenues for services.
Create a Foothills Fire Protection Plan
At the direction of Council, staff will initiate and return with recommendations for a new Foothills Fire Protection Plan and the required resources. Staff from various departments will continue internal coordination efforts with a focus on mitigation, planning, detection and warning, coordination, and communication.