City Council Special Meeting

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City Council holds regular meetings on the first three Mondays of each month at 6 p.m. Occasionally City Council will hold special meetings to accommodate further discussions or scheduling conflicts.

Zoom Information

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Meeting ID: 362 027 238

Phone Number: 1 (669) 900-6833

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Meeting Procedures and Resources

COVID-19 Notice

Pursuant to the provisions of California Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20, issued on March 17, 2020, to prevent the spread of Covid-19, this meeting will be held by virtual teleconference only, with no physical location. The meeting will be broadcast on Cable TV Channel 26, live on the City's YouTube Channel, and the Midpen Media Center's website. Members of the public who wish to participate by computer or phone can find the instructions at the end of this agenda. To ensure participation in a particular item, we suggest calling in or connecting online 15 minutes before the item you wish to speak on.

Public Comment

Members of the public may speak to agendized items; up to three minutes per speaker, to be determined by the presiding officer. If you wish to address the Council on any issue that is on this agenda, please complete a speaker request card located on the table at the entrance to the Council Chambers, and deliver it to the City Clerk prior to discussion of the item. You are not required to give your name on the speaker card in order to speak to the Council, but it is very helpful. Public comment may be addressed to the full City Council via email at

Time Estimates

Time estimates are provided as part of the Council's effort to manage its time at Council meetings. Listed times are estimates only and are subject to change at any time, including while the meeting is in progress. The Council reserves the right to use more or less time on any item, to change the order of items and/or to continue items to another meeting. Particular items may be heard before or after the time estimated on the agenda. This may occur in order to best manage the time at a meeting or to adapt to the participation of the public.     

Hearings Required by Law

Applicants and/or appellants may have up to ten minutes at the outset of the public discussion to make their remarks and up to three minutes for concluding remarks after other members of the public have spoken.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Persons with disabilities who require auxiliary aids or services in using City facilities, services or programs or who would like information on the City’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, may contact (650) 329-2550 (Voice) 24 hours in advance. 

How to Participate in a Virtual Public Meeting

Members of the Public may provide public comments to teleconference meetings via email, teleconference, or by phone.

  1. Written public comments may be submitted by email to
  2. Spoken public comments using a computer will be accepted through the teleconference meeting. To address the Council, click on the link below to access a Zoom-based meeting. Please read the following instructions carefully.
    1. You may download the Zoom client or connect to the meeting in- browser. If using your browser, make sure you are using a current, up-to-date browser: Chrome 30 , Firefox 27 , Microsoft Edge 12 , Safari 7 . Certain functionality may be disabled in older browsers including Internet Explorer.
    2. You may be asked to enter an email address and name. We request that you identify yourself by name as this will be visible online and will be used to notify you that it is your turn to speak.
    3. When you wish to speak on an Agenda Item, click on “raise hand.” The Clerk will activate and unmute speakers in turn. Speakers will be notified shortly before they are called to speak.
    4. When called, please limit your remarks to the time limit allotted.
    5. A timer will be shown on the computer to help keep track of your comments.
  3. Spoken public comments using a smart phone will be accepted through the teleconference meeting. To address the Council, download the Zoom application onto your phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and enter the Meeting ID below. Please follow the instructions 2.1-2.5 above.
  4. Spoken public comments using a phone use the telephone number listed below. When you wish to speak on an agenda item hit *9 on your phone so we know that you wish to speak. You will be asked to provide your first and last name before addressing the Council. You will be advised how long you have to speak. When called please limit your remarks to the agenda item and time limit allotted.

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Meeting ID: 362-027-238

Phone number: 1(669) 900-6833


Listed times are estimates only and are subject to change at any time, including while the meeting is in progress.

Call to Order


Special Orders of the Day

5 - 5:30 p.m.

  1. Adoption of a Resolution Expressing Appreciation to Margaret Zittle Upon Her Retirement
  2. Adoption of a Resolution Expressing Appreciation to Phil Bobel Upon His Retirement

Agenda Changes, Additions and Deletions 

Oral Communications

 5:30 - 5:45 p.m.

Members of the public may speak to any item NOT on the agenda. Council reserves the right to limit the duration of Oral Communications period to 30 minutes.

Minutes Approval

5:45 - 5:50 p.m.

  1. Approval of Action Minutes for the April 12, 2021 City Council Meeting

 Consent Calendar

5:50 - 5:55 p.m.

Items will be voted on in one motion unless removed from the calendar by three Council Members.

  1. Approval of Amendment Number 3 to Contract Number C16162262 With Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. to Extend the Term of the Contract Through December 31, 2021, at no Added Cost to the City, for Continued Construction Support Services for the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass Project (PE-11011)
  2. Staff and the Utilities Advisory Commission Recommend the City Council Approve the City's 10 Year Energy Efficiency Goals for      2022-2031
  3. Approval of Contract Number C21180722 With Brad Horak Consulting in an Amount Not-to-Exceed $250,000 to Provide Wireless Consulting Services in Support of Palo Alto Public Safety for a Five-year Term Through April 11, 2026
  4. Adoption of an Updated Salary Schedule for Water, Gas, and Wastewater Inspectors Represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 521 in Compliance With the Arbitration Award
  5. Review and Approve Fiscal Year 2021 Capital Project Budget Reductions of $2.5 Million; and Approve a Budget Amendment in the Capital Improvement Fund
  6. Request for Authorization to Amend the Existing Legal Service Agreement With the Law Firm of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC (Contract S17167696) to Increase the Contract Amount by an Additional $45,000, for a new Not-to-Exceed Amount of $385,000

City Manager Comments

5:55 - 6:15 p.m.


Action Items

Include: Reports of Committees/Commissions, Ordinances and Resolutions, Public Hearings, Reports of Officials, Unfinished Business and Council Matters.

  1. 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
    Planning and Transportation Commission Recommend Review of two Concept Plan Alternatives for Improvements to the Alma Street and Churchill Avenue Intersection; and Direct Staff to Complete Final Design Plans, Environmental Analysis, Specifications, and Estimates for Construction for Alternative 2
  2. 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
    Connecting Palo Alto Rail Grade Separation: Discuss Final Report and Recommendations From the Expanded Community Advisory Panel (XCAP); Removal of two Rail Grade Separation Alternatives From Further Consideration; and Review of the Draft Work Plan (Continued From March 23, 2021)

Council Member Questions, Comments and Announcements

Members of the public may not speak to the item(s).



  • Monday, May 03, 2021 | 05:00 PM


Virtual meeting held on Zoom