Learn about recent City of Palo Alto updates and news.

Each Council meeting, City Manager Ed Shikada provides “City Manager Comments” sharing recent City news, and updates for the community to stay informed on important issues facing the community. This blog series summarizes these weekly updates.

If you’d prefer to watch the City Manager share this week’s updates and news at the June 1, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — June 1, 2021

• June 1, June 7 and June 22, staff will be before the City Council to provide updates on a series of changes being proposed from how…


Solar Permitting In Palo Alto

Learn more about recent changes made and what’s in the works to streamline the process and increase customer service

By Jonathan Lait, Palo Alto Planning and Development Services Director

I take the recent concerns raised about the City of Palo Alto’s solar permitting processes seriously and through this communication, would like to both acknowledge several issues raised through a recent article and also directly to me, and share my commitment to customer service and safety as key areas of focus looking forward.

Solar installations are an important aspect of the City’s overall focus on sustainability and addressing climate change. The…


Learn about recent City of Palo Alto updates and news.

Each Council meeting, City Manager Ed Shikada provides “City Manager Comments” sharing recent City news, and updates for the community to stay informed on important issues facing the community. This blog series summarizes these weekly updates.

If you’d prefer to watch the City Manager share this week’s updates and news at the May 24, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.

COUNTY MOVE TO YELLOW TIER

  • Hair and nail salons, retail & malls, personal care: indoors allowed with modifications
  • Museums: indoors allowed with modifications
  • Places of worship: indoors at 50% capacity
  • Hotels: open with modifications…

Answering community questions on police department procedures and related topics

By Chief Robert Jonsen, Palo Alto Police Department

I wanted to take a moment to address some community questions on police department procedures and related items. This communication answers questions on a few topics of community interest that were discussed at the April 5 Council Study Session.

Over the past year, nationally, there has been an increased focus on law enforcement and the actions of police officers and police departments. Here in Palo Alto, that has been no different, and we have welcomed that increased attention. My staff and I have participated in many City Council meetings, Human Relations Commission…


Learn about recent City of Palo Alto updates and news.

Each Council meeting, City Manager Ed Shikada provides “City Manager Comments” sharing recent City news, and updates for the community to stay informed on important issues facing the community. This blog series summarizes these weekly updates.

If you’d prefer to watch the City Manager share this week’s updates and news at the May 17, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.

PROGRESS TO YELLOW TIER, VACCINE UPDATE

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available to Youth Ages 12–15:

Last week the Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced that COVID-19 vaccination is now available for youth ages 12 to…


Learn about the City’s proposed budget, service impacts, and ways the community can be involved in the budget deliberations underway

City Budget conversations began last week, moving forward FY 2021–22 budget deliberations including a budget overview at the City Council meeting on May 3, a Finance Committee budget review on May 4 and a community Town Hall meeting on May 6. Budget deliberations and public hearings continue for several weeks ahead. This blog provides answers to some community questions on the City’s budget, shares more details about service level impacts and lists ways the community can be involved in the discussions underway.

BUDGET TOWN HALL

On May 6, the City hosted a Town Hall on the budget, sharing details about the City’s financial…


Learn about recent City of Palo Alto updates and news.

Each Council meeting, City Manager Ed Shikada provides “City Manager Comments” sharing recent City news, and updates for the community to stay informed on important issues facing the community. This blog series summarizes these weekly updates.

If you’d prefer to watch the City Manager share this week’s updates and news at the May 10, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.

COMMUNITY URGED TO GET VACCINE

Vaccination eligibility is available for everyone 16 and older, as supplies have increased. A recent blog answers community questions about the vaccine, you can read more here.

Testing through…


Learn about recent City of Palo Alto updates and news.

Each Council meeting, City Manager Ed Shikada provides “City Manager Comments” sharing recent City news, and updates for the community to stay informed on important issues facing the community. This blog series summarizes these weekly updates.

If you’d prefer to watch the City Manager share this week’s updates and news at the May 3, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.

COMMUNITY URGED TO GET VACCINE

Vaccination eligibility is available for everyone 16 and older, as supplies have increased. A recent blog answers community questions about the vaccine, you can read more here.

  • Testing through…

Release of the Proposed FY 2021–22 Operating & Capital Budget

By Ed Shikada, Palo Alto City Manager

Today, in accordance with the City Charter, I released the City of Palo Alto’s Fiscal Year 2022 Proposed Operating Budget and Fiscal Year 2022 Proposed Capital Budget along with the 2022–2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The following blog post summarizes aspects of my Budget Message, which shares details about the upcoming budget process, provides more on the recommended balancing strategies and service reductions, and other fiscal elements associated with another year of challenging budget deliberations ahead.

The Proposed Budget balancing strategy addresses the community’s immediate service needs, while positioning Palo Alto to restore…


Learn about upcoming events helping to build community connections and furthering race and equity conversations

As a community we’ve begun the slow process of recovering from a year of tragedy and uncertainty. As the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring signs of hope and recovery every day, we continue the important work of coming together and rebuilding as a community. This blog offers ways to connect together through fostering healing, celebrating our diverse cultures, promoting race and equity, and focusing on community wellness and well-being.

This May, June and beyond, Palo Alto is continuing race and equity conversations and initiatives launched last year, adding new events to come together on this important City…

City of Palo Alto

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