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.
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.
Palo Alto voters will vote on seven statewide props and two local measures this election.