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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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Palo Alto Looks to Renovate Roth Building and Cubberley Community Center

With its revenues on the rise, the city advances an ambitious infrastructure plan that would rehabilitate public buildings and complete streetscape improvements at the Charleston-Arastradero corridor.

(May 12, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Mountain View and Sunnyvale Line Up for Federal Rail Project Funds

When the Metropolitan Transportation Commission board of directors met last month to endorse rail projects for federal grants, one Peninsula city was left out. Palo Alto did not get any projects on the regional agency's list.

(April 28, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
Upcoming Meetings & Events
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Palo Alto City Council Meeting
Monday May 23 2022   6:00 PM

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Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
Tuesday May 24 2022   7:00 PM

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Sp. Finance Committee Meeting
Tuesday May 24 2022   12:00 PM

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Planning and Transportation Commission Meeting
Wednesday May 25 2022   6:00 PM

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Historic Resources Board Meeting
Thursday May 26 2022   8:30 AM

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Utilities Advisory Commission Meeting
Wednesday June 1 2022   4:00 PM

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Storm Water Management Oversight Committee Meeting
Thursday June 2 2022   1:00 PM

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Architectural Review Board Meeting
Thursday June 2 2022   8:30 AM

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