City Council

January 27th, 2020


Call to Order

Closed Session

1. CONFERENCE WITH CITY ATTORNEY-POTENTIAL LITIGATION Subject: Implementation of California Assembly Bill 5 Effective January 1, 2020, Regarding Worker Classification Authority: Potential Exposure to Litigation Under Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) (Multiple Potential Cases, as Defendant).



Agenda Changes, Additions and Deletions

Oral Communications



Minutes Approval 

2. Approval of Action Minutes for the January 13, 2020 Council Meeting

Consent Calendar

3. QUASI-JUDICIAL: Deny Appeal by Crown Castle and Uphold the Director’s Decisions to Deny Wireless Communication Facilities on Wood Utility Poles in the Public Right of Way (For Lease to Verizon, Known as Crown Castle Cluster 3) in six Locations Within the Downtown North Neighborhood [File 17PLN-00450], Zoned Public Facilities. Locations are Adjacent to These Zones/Addresses: RM-30 (205 Everett/251 Emerson, 243 Hawthorne, and 258 Waverley); RM-D (NP) (482 Everett and 301 Bryant); RM-15 (201 High). The Project is Exempt From the Provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in Accordance With Public Resources Code Section 21080.

4. Review and Acceptance of the Annual Status Report on Development Impact Fees for Fiscal Year 2019.

5. Finance Committee Recommends the City Council: 1) Approve the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR); 2) Approve Amendments to the FY 2019 Budget in Various Funds; 3) Approve Recommended use of Excess General Fund Budget Stabilization Reserve Funds; and 4) Accept Macias Gini and O’Connell’s Audit of the City of Palo Alto’s Financial Statements as of June 30, 2019, and Management Letter.

6. Adoption of a Resolution for the City of Palo Alto to Participate With the City of Sunnyvale in the Planning and Development of Cost Estimates for Potential Future use of the Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer Station (SMaRT Station) for Processing Solid Waste.

7. Policy and Services Committee and Staff Recommend the City Council Accept the Status Updates of the Audits of: 1) Citywide Cash Handling and Travel Expense; 2) Cable Franchise and Public Education and Government (PEG) Access Fees; 3) Continuous Monitoring: Overtime; and 4) Continuous Monitoring: Payments.

8. Authorization to Amend the Existing Legal Service Agreement With the Law Firm of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC (Contract S17167696) to Increase the Contract Amount by an Additional $125,000, Bringing the new Not-to-Exceed Amount of the Contract to $295,000, and Increase the Term by one Year; and to Approve a Budget Amendment in the General Fund. Q&A

9. Authorization to Increase the Existing Legal Services Agreement (Contract S18170470) With Meyers Nave, a Professional Law Corporation by an Additional $15,000 for a Total Not-to-Exceed Amount of $205,000 and to Extend the Term to March 30, 2020.

10. Authorization to Amend the Existing Agreement for Litigation Defense Services With the Law Firm of Jarvis, Fay & Gibson (Contract S15159508) to Increase the Contract Amount by an Additional $125,000 for a Total Not-to-Exceed Amount of $820,000; and Approve a Budget Amendment in the General Fund. Q&A



City Manager Comments

11. City Manager’s Year in Review



Action Item

12. Staff Update and Council Consideration Regarding Polling Results, Analysis, and Public Outreach and Potential Direction Regarding a Possible Local Tax Ballot Measure for the 2020 Election.



13. Approval of: 1) Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto Representing the Cable Joint Powers and Midpeninsula Community Media Center, Inc. for Public, Education, and Government Access (PEG) Channel Support Services; 2) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the Cable Joint Powers Covering the use of PEG Fees; 3) Contribution Agreement With Midpeninsula Community Media Center, Inc. in the Amount of $511,536, Equivalent to PEG Fees Used for Council Chambers Upgrade Project; and 4) Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Appropriation in the Technology Fund.



Council Member Questions, Comments and Announcements


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