Despite budget cuts, reduction in staff and business hours, Library looks for innovative ways to continue reopening its locations and services.

Due to the pandemic, the Library system was recently challenged with cutting $1.6 million from its $10.3 million budget to help the City address a $39 million citywide deficit. While this cut to the budget was achieved by a reduction in staff, collections, and business hours, the team has been looking for innovative ways to continue reopening its locations and services on a leaner budget.

When the City Council adopted the fiscal year budget in June, staff reported that we expect it to take 3–6 months before College Terrace and Downtown libraries can be reopened. Understanding the community’s desire to…


One year after the launch of Palo Alto’s Race and Equity work, learn about the city’s progress and upcoming race and equity initiatives and events.

The City of Palo Alto adopted a Race and Equity Framework one year ago, affirming the City’s commitment to anti-racism that launched the City’s race and equity efforts. A previous blog details efforts that the City completed last summer, and another blog summarizes actions taken during the latter part of 2020.

On this one-year anniversary of the Race and Equity Framework — and the summer 2020 Black Lives Matter protests — it’s important to check…


Although wildfires can happen any time of year in California, they are more active during “fire season,” which is typically June through October.

The City of Palo Alto works every year to minimize the risk, with a multi-functional team that works on wildfire risk reduction programs. These programs help a lot, but they can only go so far. Every property owner must be proactive as well and take important steps to prepare for wildfires.

To help make sure our residents and businesses are prepared, we’re sharing an update on great resources to help you plan for, and mitigate your risks, around wildfires.

Planning Resources

Wildfire Preparedness Community Meeting — August 19

Join us for a review of the basic steps to reduce the impacts of wildfires to your property, and how to…


Sharing ways to reconnect as a community this summer

Now that the kids are out of school, and California is recovering from the pandemic and has opened up for most activities, community members are looking forward to a fun summer and reconnecting with the community. This blog provides a few key activities and events coming soon to Palo Alto, as well as opportunities to give back through volunteering. From art offerings to family friendly events, stay cool, reconnect, and enjoy summer in Palo Alto!

Make sure to share your summer fun and photo memories on social media and don’t forget to tag #PaloAlto on Instagram!

July 4th Festivities


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. This blog series summarizes these weekly updates.

If you’d prefer, watch the City Manager share this week’s updates and news at the June 21, 2021 Council meeting.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — June 21, 2021

RECOVERY PROCESS & REOPENING

New public health order effective June 15, 2021


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 14, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.

Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — June 14, 2021

RECOVERY PROCESS & REOPENING


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

RECOVERY PROCESS & REOPENING

• 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

Yellow Tier Eases Several Indoor and Outdoor Activities

  • 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.

LOOK BACK ON THE PAST YEAR

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…

City of Palo Alto

Official communications from the City of Palo Alto. Connect about issues of interest to our community. Follow us on social media-www.cityofpaloalto.org/connect

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