City and Government
City Council and Mayor
MAYOR'S OFFICE HOURS : Please contact the City Clerk's office at (650) 329-2571 for a current schedule.
The terms of the Mayor and Vice-Mayor are for one year and expire at the first meeting in January. The General Municipal Election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, in even-numbered years. Council terms are for four years.
Regular Council meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the first three Mondays of each month. Meetings are cablecast live in most cases (and replayed) on Government Channel 26 or 29 and broadcast via KZSU Radio, 90.1 FM. Video streaming of Council meetings may be accessed at http://www.midpenmedia.org/watch/pacc_webcast/pacc_ondemand2.html . Call Community Media Center at 650-494-8686 for exact times of replays. See Tentative Council Agenda in the Palo Alto Weekly on the Fridays preceding the City Council meetings.
Email the City Council
The City Council appreciates hearing from citizens. Thank you in advance for your comments and concerns. Your email will be forwarded to all nine Council Members and a printed copy will be included in the next available Council packet.
Correspondence received before noon on Wednesday will be included in that week's Council packet. Any correspondence received after noon on Wednesday, relating to an item on the agenda, will be put at the Council Members places at the next Council meeting.
When you email the City Council, your email becomes a public record . You should not include any private information (such as your phone number, home address, or minor children's names) in your correspondence to Council.
The City Council Adopted the Form 806 on November 05, 2012 as required by the
Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for the purpose of reporting appointments
of Council Members to stipended positions such as Mayor and Vice Mayor
Welcome from the City Manager
Hi, I am Jim Keene and I am pleased to welcome you to our City of Palo Alto website . Our City is truly a special place! With our rich history of entrepreneurship, some of the world's smartest and most creative people, and an unparalleled quality of life, there is no better place than Palo Alto to live, work, raise a family, grow a business , or just visit. For decades, Palo Alto has been a driving force in the global economy and the innovations that are developed here continue to change the world.
At City Hall, as we go about our daily work in our great City, we strive to mirror such innovation and to build a culture of excellence and service that enriches the lives of people in our community and builds strong social bonds.
Thank you for visiting our website. If you have any feedback or ideas on how to improve the site, please feel free to send any comments or questions you may have by using our website feedback form . We do want to hear from you!
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Boards and Commissions
- Architectural Review Board
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- Human Relations Commission
- Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission
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- Parks and Recreation Commission
- Planning and Transportation Commission The Planning and Transportation Commission is composed of seven members who are not Council Members, officers, or employees of the City, and who are residents of the City of Palo Alto.
- Public Arts Commission
- Utilities Advisory Commission