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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Planning and Transportation Commission meetings are held on the second and last Wednesdays of the month at 6 p.m. Participate in person at City Hall (Council Chambers and Community Meeting Room) and virtually.

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