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Mayor's Office Hours
Please contact the City Clerk's office at (650) 329-2571 to schedule an appointment with the Mayor.
Mayor Liz Kniss' Office
Palo Alto City Hall, 7th floor
250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
The Council encourages citizen participation. The Council agenda includes a period of Oral Communications, at which time the public may comment on any subject within the subject matter jurisdiction of the City that is not included on the agenda. Council Members do not enter into discussion or debate with speakers under Oral Communications. The presiding officer may ask the City Manager to respond at a later date. Citizens' comments on an agenda item are heard at the time Council is considering the item. Lengthy testimony should be submitted in writing prior to the meeting.
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Council Correspondence (in any format, e.g., e-mail, fax) addressed to the Council is acknowledged, and reproduced for all packets assembled for Council meetings. The City Council's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Correspondence received before noon on Wednesday will be included in that week's Council packet. Any correspondence received after noon on Wednesday, relating to an item on the agenda, will be put at the Council Members places at the next Council meeting. Letters addressed to the Council are not automatically agendized; Council Members may choose to place any subject on a future agenda. Any correspondence or other written material delivered to a majority of the Council becomes public record. Please be aware when you email the City Council, your email address becomes a public record. If you do not wish your email address to be a public record, send your correspondence via postal mail to:
City of Palo Alto, Office of the City Clerk
250 Hamilton Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
The Council Packet
Effective January 1, 2015, the Council packet is produced and published 11 days prior to the meeting, It is delivered to Council Members on Thursday evenings and contains the Agenda, Staff Reports, Minutes, Schedule of Meetings, tentative agenda, correspondence, and supporting material for each agenda item. The City Council Agenda, including the Schedule of Meetings on the last page are posted to the City's web pages after 5:30 p.m. on the Thursday. Council packet is available for public perusal in the Council Chambers by 8:00 a.m. the next day and at the Rinconada Library on Friday.