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.
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.
CASA (MTC's Committee to House the Bay Area) Compact: Letter to the Association of Bay Area Governments in January
"Small cell" wireless infrastructure issue and H.R. 530 (Eshoo) the Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019
- Letter to Congresswoman Eshoo supporting H.R. 530 in February
- Letter from Palo Alto Mayor Filseth and over 75 other Mayors and County Executives in February
- Letter from Palo Alto, over 120 local governments, and more than 125 public utilities in support of H.R. 530 in March
2018 action items
CASA compact: Letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in December
"Small Cell" wireless infrastructure issue: Letter to the FCC regarding proposed rules related to infrastructure on city poles
AB 2809 (Patterson): California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: hydroelectric generation facilities. City's March 22 support letter