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

County urging community members to get the vaccine as soon as possible:

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.

COVID-19 Testing Continues to be Critical:

  • 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…


Spring is here! We continue to take solid steps toward recovery on many fronts. Many thanks to my council colleagues and City staff for the progress we’ve made this year. There’s a lot going on, so excuse the length of this letter.

PANDEMIC RECOVERY PROGRESS

We are now in the Orange Tier of COVID-19 recovery heading towards a state-wide reopening on June 15 if there is no resurgence of the virus. Vaccine supply is increasing, everyone 16 and older is now eligible to receive it and if you haven’t yet gotten your shots please do. By everyone getting vaccinated, we all help protect…


Learn about current community planning underway and ways the community can address climate change at home

Earth Day is today, April 22, and with the City Council’s recent action to continue its focus on sustainability as a Council priority in 2021, this blog is a way for the community to get caught up on the City’s sustainability and climate action efforts, learn about ways to take part in the Climate Action Plan community engagement efforts underway, and learn about every day sustainability planning available now for your home, work and neighborhood that can have a global impact. Join us as we think globally, and act locally by furthering sustainability and climate action efforts.

Palo Alto Sustainability Goals and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Development


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 April 19, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.

COUNTY PROGRESS CONTINUES

Santa Clara County continues in the State’s Orange Tier, though progress continues and if certain conditions are met, the County could move to the Yellow Tier soon.

Continued safe…


Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine as eligibility expands to all ages 16 and older

As of April 15, all California residents age 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This blog answers community questions about the vaccine, provides details on where to go to schedule your shot, and more.

Vaccine Supply Expanded & New Appointments Available Countywide


Recent Palo Alto Power Outages: Utilities Improvements Underway, Ways The Public Can Be Informed & How the Community Can Help During an Outage

By Palo Alto Utilities Director, Dean Batchelor

In a typical year, Palo Alto Utilities may see approximately 25 outages, most impacting a small number of customers. This is relatively low when compared to outages that occur in other cities. Unfortunately, we recently experienced three larger outages in rapid succession, and this requires immediate attention and visibility.

Our team takes pride in the legacy of Palo Alto Utilities, and we take personal responsibility for its reliability and maintaining a solid utility system. …


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 April 12, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.

STATE TO FULLY OPEN IN JUNE IF CERTAIN CONDITIONS MET

The Governor announced California’s economy will fully open on June 15 if vaccine supply is enough for all Californians ages 16+ and hospitalization rates are low and stable. Santa…


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 April 5, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.

COUNTY CONTINUES IN THE ORANGE TIER

Santa Clara County continues in the State’s Red Tier, along with 87% of the state. The County will move to the less restrictive Orange Tier as of Wednesday, March…

City of Palo Alto

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