City Council

November 27th, 2023


Call to Order

This meeting will be called to order in honor of National Native American Heritage Month.

Special Orders of the Day

  1. Presentation on 2023 Palo Alto Community Health Fair Gratitude & Better Health.



2. Proclamation Honoring iSing’s Performance at the 2023 World Choir Games




Authority: Cal. Gov. Code section 54957.6;
Agency representative: Jeremy Dennis, MRG;
Unrepresented Employees: City Manager and City Attorney



Agenda Changes, Additions and Deletions



Public Comment






Consent Calendar

4. Approval of Minutes from November 6, 2023 Meeting

5. Approval of Professional Services Contract Number C24185875 With Woodard & Curran in an Amount Not to Exceed $498,866 for the Sewer Master Plan Study Services for a Period of two Years.

6. Adoption of a Resolution Approving a Consent and Direct Agreement With HA RNG 1 Lender LLC and Ameresco Half Moon Bay LLC Consenting to Ameresco Half Moon Bay LLC’s Assignment of its Rights in its 2005 Power Purchase Agreement With the City to HA RNG 1 Lender LLC​ , and Authorizing the City Manager or Designee to Execute any Documents Necessary to Administer Six Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreements Approved From 2004-2010 in a Manner Consistent with the City Council‘s Prior Funding Authorization, the Palo Alto Municipal Code and City Council Approved Policies. CEQA Status – Not a Project under Public Resources Code 21065.

7. Approval of Budget Amendments in the Residential Housing In-Lieu Fund and the General Fund to Reflect Prior City Council Funding Commitments for the Development of 525 East Charleston Road/Mitchell Park Place and Authorization of 525 East Charleston Road/Mitchell Park Place Loan Preparation and Execution.

8. Approval of Amendment No. 5 to Contract No. C12142825 with NV5, Inc. to add $295,083, increasing the not-to-exceed amount to $2,176,406, for Right-of-Way Appraisal and Acquisition Support for the Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project, Capital Improvement Program Project PE-12011. CEQA: Environmental Impact Report for Newell Road/San Francisquito Creek Bridge (Resolution No.9889).

9. Approval of a License Agreement with Equinix, LLC for a Three-Year Term in an Amount Not-to-Exceed $536,528, and Authorization of a Contingency Amount Not-To-Exceed $106,900 for Related, Additional but Unforeseen Services Which may Develop During the Project; CEQA Status – Not a Project.

Public Comment

10. Approval of Amendment Number 2 of Six Development Services On-Call Consulting Contracts to Increase the Not-to-Exceed amount by $3.40 million for a Total Not to Exceed $9.75 Million Through December 2024 to Provide Expertise for Plan Review and Inspection Services With all Work Subject to Assigned Task Order and Availability of Funds; Environmental Assessment: Exempt in Accordance with CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3).

11. Approval of Two Sublease Agreements with Palo Alto Community Child Care and Kids Choice for an Initial 12-Month Term.

12. Approval of Purchase Orders with WESCO (Representative of EATON/COOPER) and Anixter (Representative of S&C) to Purchase Dielectric Switches for Electric Grid Modernization in an Annual amount of $2,000,000 for Five Years for a Total-Not-to-Exceed Amount of $10,000,000.

13. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending the Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC) Development Agreement Adjusting the Timeline for Achieving the SUMC Alternative Mode Share Targets. Zoning District: HD (Hospital District). Environmental Review: Project is Consistent with the 2011 Certified Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the SUMC Facilities Renewal and Replacement Project. (FIRST READING: October 23, 2023 PASSED 4-2-1, Lythcott-Haims and Tanaka No, Veenker Recused).

14. SECOND READING: Interim Ordinance Temporarily Continuing Expansion of Outdoor Dining Retail and Other Activities until December 31, 2024 (FIRST READING: November 7, 2023 PASSED 5-2, Kou, Veenker no).

15. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Renewing the Police Department’s Military Equipment Use Policy Under AB 481 (FIRST READING: November 13, 2023 PASSED 7-0).

Public Comment



City Manager Comments




Action Items

16. PUBLIC HEARING: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Add Chapter 9.65 and Amend Chapter 9.72 to Establish a Mandatory Registry Program of Residential Rental Units in the City of Palo Alto; Provide Direction to Staff on the Rental Registry Program Implementation. CEQA Status – Exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3).

Public Comments


17. Policy and Services Committee Recommendations for Changes to the City Council Procedures and Protocols Handbook based on Prior City Council Referrals. THIS ITEM HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE.


Public Comment