News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 08/11/2009
Subject :

City Hall Opens its Doors on August 18 to Demonstrate New Accountability and Transparency Website
Contact : James Keene, City Manager    650-329-2563
Palo Alto, CA – Last month, the City Council approved the City's new "Palo Alto See-It" website to track progress on the 2009 Council priorities of Environmental Protection, Civic Engagement for the Common Good and Economic Health. On August 18, in the City Hall Lobby, members of the public will have the opportunity to stop in and try out the new site, learn more about the process used to develop it, ask questions and give feedback to staff. The City of Palo Alto is one of the first 10 cities in the United States to create a website like this.     

The new Palo Alto See-It site, specifically designed to track progress towards achieving Council-set priorities, will initiate stronger performance management and transform how staff communicates effectively with the community. While the goals depicted are targeted specifically to City Council priorities for 2009, the See-It site will grow and change as the City and community become more familiar with its functionality. The site provides valuable quantitative information on City operations along with a forward looking plan that charts the course for the long-term vision of the City.

“We want our community to feel comfortable using this exciting and simple to use new tool so we are providing an informal opportunity for people stop by and try it out for themselves,” said City Manager Jim Keene. 

On Tuesday, August 18, from 7-9 p.m., members of the public will be able to “test drive” the new site in the City Hall lobby during an informal Open House. Several computers with the live site up will be available. City staff who played key roles in the site development will be on hand to answer questions and receive feedback. Light refreshments will be served.

“This will be an important evening as we open our doors both literally and electronically to the public. The Palo Alto See-It site is one more step in our effort to ensure accountability and transparency in government” says Keene. 

To accommodate those who may not be able to attend, the City will host two on-line webinars, one on Wednesday, August 19, from 6-7 p.m., and one on Thursday, August 20, from 7-8 p.m. Click here ( to register for the webinars or contact Greg Hermann at (650) 329-2623 or   Webinars will be limited to 100 participants per session; sessions will be archived and available on the City website at a later date.

Creation of the Palo Alto See-It site provides a visual tool for the Council, community and staff to improve the transparency of City government, define specific actions to support Council priorities, initiate stronger performance management and transform how the City monitors progress on the Council priorities and communicates this progress effectively with the community.

For more information about the Palo Alto See-It site, please visit