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A prosperous economy, an educated populace and a scenic backdrop make Palo Alto a desirable place to live—so much so that housing and growth are hot-button issues on the Palo Alto City Council, where “residentialist” candidates square off against pro-growth candidates—both those who support commercial development and those who are pushing for more middle- and low-income housing. With passions running high, Palo Alto has become one of the most expensive cities to run for council, as demonstrated in a report by MapLight, a nonpartisan group that studies the influence of money in politics.

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Councilmembers serve the city at large rather than representing a geographic district. Meetings are cablecast live on Government Channel 26 or 29 and broadcast via KZSU Radio, 90.1 FM.

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Image caption: The city of Palo Alto must build more than 6,000 housing units by 2031. But where to put them?
Lots to Consider

Palo Alto needs more housing, but neighborhood NIMBYs loathe high density. Two architects say, why not build apartments on parking lots?


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Palo Alto Bans Short-Term Rent Gouging

On its third try, the Palo Alto City Council passed an urgency measure prohibiting evictions without just cause.


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Pod House Experiment Fails Building Code

A much-touted Palo Alto pod house where tenants rent sleeping cubicles fails code inspection for wiring, unsafe exits and entrances.

(Sept. 22, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Where the PA City Council Candidates Stand On Climate Change

This year's seven candidates explain what specific next steps Palo Alto should take.

(Sept. 16, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Upcoming Meetings & Events
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SPECIAL MEETING: Palo Alto City Council Meeting
Monday October 3 2022   5:00 PM

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Sp. Finance Committee Meeting
Tuesday October 4 2022   7:00 PM

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Utilities Advisory Commission Meeting
Wednesday October 5 2022   4:00 PM

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Storm Water Management Oversight Committee Meeting
Thursday October 6 2022   1:00 PM

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Architectural Review Board Meeting
Thursday October 6 2022   8:30 AM

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SPECIAL MEETING: Palo Alto City Council Meeting
Monday October 10 2022   5:00 PM

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Policy and Services Committee
Tuesday October 11 2022   7:00 PM

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Planning and Transportation Commission Meeting
Wednesday October 12 2022   6:00 PM

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