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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 05/04/2010
Subject :

City of Palo Alto Hosts May 15 Public Meeting on Proposed 2011 Budget
City Leaders Also Available to Attend Meetings Organized by Community Members
Contact : James Keene, City Manager    650-329-2563
Lalo Perez, Director of Administrative Services    650-329-2675

Palo Alto, CA – On May 15, the City of Palo Alto has scheduled a community-wide public meeting to gather input from residents on the City Manager’s Proposed 2011 Budget that includes program and service reductions as well as staffing cuts to close a projected $7.3 million budget deficit in the City’s General Fund. This public meeting is on Saturday, May 15 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA.

The City’s financial situation has continued to evolve and like other cities across California, the City is facing ongoing structural budget deficits. The City Council must make very difficult decisions about staffing and service level reductions in each department to address the ongoing structural budget deficit and achieve a balanced budget for 2011. Over the next month or so, City staff will meet with City Council, the City’s Design Teams, and the community to share information about the proposed 2011 budget.

“This year, we’re adding a new element to our budget outreach process to encourage community members to self-organize and to become more informed and invested in the City’s budget challenges,” said James Keene, City Manager. “We realize that people are busy, so instead of asking people to attend one large community meeting, we’ve also set aside four dates between now and the Council’s budget hearings in June where staff will attend smaller budget discussions, sponsored by members of the community who can get 20 or more people to attend.”

In addition to the public meeting on May 15, members of the public are encouraged to organize a group of at least 20 friends, neighbors and/or club members and invite the City Manager to attend. City Council Members may attend some of these smaller meetings, as their schedules permit. Community members can provide their own meeting room or use a room already reserved in a City facility, if needed. 

Here is a list of dates still available for City leaders to join these smaller hosted meetings:

  • Wednesday, May 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
  •  Saturday, May 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 26, 6-7:30 p.m.

To schedule one of these smaller presentations or attend one that may already be set up, please contact Cathy Brewer in the City Manager’s Office at 329-2105 or

In May and June, the Council Finance Committee will meet (view schedule) review and discuss the proposals before making a recommendation to the City Council. The Council will adopt a Final Budget by the end of June. If you are unable to attend one of the public meetings or Finance Committee hearings, email your comments or questions to: The Council will adopt a Final Budget by the end of June.

For more information on the proposed budget, visit and click on “Budget Proposal for 2011” in the What’s New section on the right side of the homepage.