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 - 5:15 p.m.

  1. Presentation by La Comida

Study Session

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

  1. Presentation by Polco/NRC of the City of Palo Alto Community Survey Report Results

Agenda Changes, Additions and Deletions 


Oral Communications

 6:15 - 6:30 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

6:30 - 6:35 p.m.

  1. Approval of Action Minutes for the April 26 and May 3, 2021 City Council Meetings

 Consent Calendar

6:35 - 6:40 p.m.

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

  1. Approval of Amendment Number 4 to Contract Number C18172676 With Dixon Resources to Extend the Term to June 2022 With no Additional Costs for the Downtown Parking Study
  2. Approval of a Professional Services Agreement With CAD Masters, Inc. for Ongoing Support, Maintenance, Development, and Enhancement of the Geospatial Design and Asset Management System for the Utilities Department in an Amount of $390,000 per Year, for a Total Not-to-Exceed Amount of $1,950,000 for up to Five Years
  3.  Adoption of a Resolution Making Required Findings in Support of the City's Grant Application for the State Transportation Development Act Article 3 Funds to Update the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Plan
  4. Adoption of a: 1) Resolution Waiving the Business Registration Fee for Fiscal Year 2022, if Completed on Time, and Extending the due Date to July 15, 2021; 2) Resolution Declaring an Intention to Temporarily Suspend the Levy of Assessment Against Businesses Within the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) for Fiscal Year 2022, and Setting a Public Hearing on the Proposed Temporary Suspension for June 1, 2021; and 3) Approval of the Reimbursement of any Business Registration Fees and BID Assessments Already Paid in 2021
  5. SECOND READING: Finance Committee Recommends City Council Approve Park, Community Center, and Library Development Impact Fee Justification Study; Adjustments to Park, Community Center, and Library Development Impact Fees; Adopt the Ordinance Updating Park Land In Lieu fee; and Direct Staff to Implement the Impact Fee Updates With the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (Continued From March 8, 2021) (FIRST READING: April 12, 2021 PASSED: 6-1 Tanaka no)

City Manager Comments

6:40 - 6:50 p.m.


Action Items

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

  1. 7 - 7:15 p.m.

    PUBLIC HEARING: Adoption of a Resolution Confirming the Weed Abatement Report and Ordering the Cost of Abatement to be a Special Assessment on the Respective Properties Described Therein

  2. 7:15 - 7:30 p.m.
    Approval of a Construction Contract With C. Overaa & Co. in the Total Amount of $15,123,900, and Three Amendments to Existing Agreements With: 1) Stanford University, 2) East Palo Alto Sanitary District, and 3) Mountain View and Los Altos, for the Primary Sedimentation Tanks Rehabilitation and Equipment Room Electrical Upgrade Project (WQ-14003) at the Regional Water Quality Control Plant; Adoption of a Resolution Revising and Superseding Resolution Number 9667, Establishing Pledged Sources of Revenue for Repayment of State Revolving Fund Loan; and Adoption of a Resolution Authorizing an Installment Sale Agreement With the California State Water Resources Control Board for Financing the Design and Construction of the Primary Sedimentation Tanks Rehabilitation and Equipment Room Electrical Upgrade Project

  3. 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
    Continued Discussion of the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

Council Member Questions, Comments and Announcements

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

Closed Session

  1. 9 - 10 p.m.

    City Designated Representatives: City Manager and his designees Pursuant to Merit System Rules and Regulations (Ed Shikada, Rumi Portillo, Molly Stump, Kiely Nose, Bob Jonsen, Geo Blackshire, Dean Batchelor, Nick Raisch)
    Employee Organizations: Service Employees International Union, (SEIU) Local 521; Service Employees International Union, (SEIU) Local 521, Hourly Unit; Palo Alto Police Officers Association (PAPOA); Palo Alto Fire Chiefs’ Association (FCA) and Employee Organization: International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 1319; Palo Alto Police Manager’s Association (PAPMA); Utilities Management and Professional Association of Palo Alto (UMPAPA); Authority: Government Code Section 54957.6(a)




  • Monday, May 17, 2021 | 05:00 PM


Virtual meeting held on Zoom