Intergovernmental Affairs


The City of Palo Alto engages in state and federal legislative and regulatory activities pursuant to our Council-approved Legislative Program Manual and Legislative Priorities. Additionally, City staff:

  • Tracks multiple bills that may impact or are of interest to the City
  • Directs legislative representatives in Sacramento and Washington D.C. who advocate on the City’s behalf
  • Collaborates with external partners whose interests align with our own
  • Supports the engagement of our local elected officials with state and federal policymakers

2019 items with City action

While staff tracks numerous bills and issues and engages with policy makers, the items noted below are those with formal written City action.

For items related to the FAA and airplane noise, please visit our separate web portal

State items

AB 533 (Holden):  Income taxes: exclusion: water conservation or efficiency programs: water runoff management improvement program. Provides an exclusion from gross income for any amount received as a rebate, voucher, or other financial incentive issued by a local water agency or supplier for any water conservation, water efficiency program, or water runoff management improvement program. The City supports this bill; a March support letter is here.

SB 38 (Hill): Flavored tobacco products. Prohibits the retail sale of flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in stores and vending machines as a way to stop the alarming increase in youth nicotine consumption. The City supports this bill.

SB 39 (Hill): Tobacco products. Imposes stricter age verification requirements for tobacco products sold online. The City supports this bill; our January letter supporting both SB 38 and 39 is here.

Regional items

CASA (MTC's Committee to House the Bay Area) Compact: Letter to the Association of Bay Area Governments in January

Federal items

"Small cell" wireless infrastructure issue and H.R. 530 (Eshoo) the Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019


2018 action items

Regional items

CASA compact: Letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in December


Federal items

"Small Cell" wireless infrastructure issue: Letter to the FCC regarding proposed rules related to infrastructure on city poles


Net neutrality: Letter to U.S. Senate leaders urging a vote to repeal the FCC's December 2017 action on net neutrality    

State items

AB 3014 (Quirk)Brake friction materials: copper limits: high performance road and track capable vehicle exemption.  City's May 21 opposition letter


SB 998 (Dodd)Discontinuation of residential water service: urban and community water systems. City's June 18 opposition letter; City's August veto letter


SB 212 (Jackson)Solid waste: pharmaceutical and sharps waste stewardship. City's June 21 support letter  


SB 328 (Portantino): Pupil attendance: start time.  City's August 28 letter of concern


SB 881 (Wieckowski): Flood control: County of Santa Clara: South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project. City's March 23 support letter ; City's September signature request letter


SB 827 (Wiener)Planning and zoning: transit-rich housing bonus. City's February 13 opposition letter 


AB 2308 (Stone)Single use filter cigarettes.  City's March 6 support letter 


 AB 2809 (Patterson): California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: hydroelectric generation facilities. City's March 22 support letter