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Address:   250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301


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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City Council

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: At an Oct. 11 discussion (available on YouTube), the LWV dissects issues on the ballot in Palo Alto.
League of Women Voters Analyze Props and Measures

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

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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New Council, Same Priorities in Palo Alto

Jan. 27, 2023, 4 p.m.

Housing, climate change, economic recovery and community safety will continue to dominate City Council discussions in the coming year after members voted to adopt these official priorities.

Palo Alto Set to Approve New Contracts for SEIU Workers, Firefighters

Jan. 25, 2023, 4 p.m.

The city is preparing to approve multiyear contracts that would include raises and new benefits for its largest employee union, Service Employees International Union, and its main firefighter union.

Upcoming Meetings & Events
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Storm Water Management Oversight Committee Meeting
Thursday February 2 2023   1:00 PM

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SPECIAL MEETING: Palo Alto City Council Meeting
Monday February 6 2023   5:00 PM

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Sp. Finance Committee Meeting
Tuesday February 7 2023   5:30 PM

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SPECIAL MEETING: Palo Alto City Council Meeting
Monday February 13 2023   5:00 PM

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Policy and Services Committee
Tuesday February 14 2023   7:00 PM

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Rail Committee Meeting
Wednesday February 15 2023   1:00 PM

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