The City of Palo Alto
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE 02/25/2016
Mayor Burt Delivers State of the City Speech; Highlights Progress and Goals for 2016
Lisa Caracciolo, Communications Department 650-329-2473
Mayor Pat Burt outlined the City's accomplishments,
challenges and goals for 2016 in the State of the City address he delivered on
Feb. 24 at the Mitchell Park Community Center.|
Burt highlighted the City’s progress on meeting
aggressive sustainability goals (including a carbon-neutral electricity
portfolio), repairing aging infrastructure and streets, providing a new,
seismically sound public-safety building, and recent reforms to employee
benefits that will help the City stay fiscally sound.
The speech addressed the biggest issues and challenges: downtown
traffic and parking woes, housing costs and the prolonged drought.
Burt said the Council is currently working on ways to
protect downtown local retail and businesses while finding ways to balance the
traffic, parking and development concerns of its adjacent neighborhoods. The
newly formed non-profit Transportation Management Association (TMA), which aims
to reduce single car commutes, as well as more than a dozen bike projects are
among various programs launched to find solutions.
Burt acknowledged the Council adoption of an annual cap
on new office buildings in specific commercial areas as another way the City is
addressing traffic challenges, but he stressed the need to build new housing
near transit-rich areas to help minimize traffic.
The importance of planning for the City’s future is the
focus of both the Comprehensive Plan
and Sustainability and Climate Action Plan updates, and the long-term goal
of expanding ultra-high-speed Internet to nearly every home is also moving
closer to reality.
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Council’s upcoming agenda and issues the Council will be addressing.