City Council


January 16th, 2024

 

Call to Order

Agenda Changes, Additions and Deletions

 

 

Public Comment

 

 

COUNCIL MEMBER QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Consent Calendar

  1. Approval of Minutes from December 11, 2023, December 18, 2023, and December 19, 2023 Meetings.

2. Adopt an Ordinance to Expand the Public Art Commission (PAC) from Five to Seven Members; CEQA status – not a project.

3. Approval of Contract Amendment Number 1 to Contract Number C24189060 with US Bank and its Wholly owned Subsidiary Elavon for General Banking and Merchant Services and Approval of Contract Amendment Number C24189061 with Wells Fargo for Lockbox Services; CEQA Status – Not a Project.

4. Approval of Professional Services Contract with Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3) for a Not-to-Exceed Amount of $945,286 for the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Funding Study; Amendment to Professional Services Contract with Sterling Communications, Inc. to Amend the Scope, Extend the Timeline, and Increase Total Not-to-Exceed Compensation by $75,000 (from $85,000 to $160,000); and a Budget Amendment in the Electric Fund for Acceptance of $75,000 DEED grant for S/CAP Funding Study; CEQA Status – Not a Project.

Consent Questions

5. Accept the City of Palo Alto’s Audited Financial Statements as of June 30, 2023 and the Macias, Gini & O’Connell Management Letter; Approve the FY 2023 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR)and Amendments to the FY 2023 Budget in Various Funds; and Adopt a Resolution to Extend and Amend the Development Services Reserve Fund Policy, as Recommended by the Finance Committee; CEQA Status – Not a Project.

Consent Questions

6. Approval of Amendment No. 2 with Pets in Need Contract (C19174493) to extend the term through March 2024 and increase the compensation by $342,501 for operations of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter, for a Not-to-Exceed Amount of $4,431,872; CEQA status – not a project.

Consent Questions

7. Adopt a Resolution Approving an Amendment to the City’s 2009 California-Oregon Transmission Project Long-Term Layoff Agreement to Extend the City’s Layoff of its Share of the California Oregon Transmission Project (COTP) until 2034 and to Receive Annual Market Payments as Recommended by the Utilities Advisory Commission (UAC); CEQA Status – Not a Project.

8. Approval of Recommendations on Process for 2024 Council Priority Setting Retreat as Recommended by Policy & Services Committee (CEQA Status – Not a Project).

9. Approval of the Office of the City Auditor’s Investment Management Audit Report as Recommended by the Policy & Services Committee (CEQA Status – Not a Project).

10. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Section 18.42.160 (Safe Parking) to Permanently Establish the Congregation-Based Safe Parking Program and Establishing Regulations Related to Safe Parking, Including a Maximum Number of Vehicles Per Night on Each Site (FIRST READING: December 4, 2023 PASSED 6-1, Tanaka no).

Attachment A – Ordinance Adopting Permanent Regulations for Safe Overnight Parking Programs

11. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapters 4.10 (Licenses Obtained by Application to Chief of Police), 4.30 (Soliciting Funds), and Chapter 4.32 (Soliciting Information for Commercial Purposes); and Adding Chapter 4.12 to Title 4 (Business Licenses and Regulations) of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Comply With Updates to the Law, Including 2018 Senate Bill 946 (Sidewalk Vendors). CEQA status – categorically exempt. (FIRST READING: December 11, 2023 PASSED 5-1-1, Kou no, Veenker absent).

12. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Urgency Ordinance and an Interim Ordinance That Allows the Director of Planning and Development Services to Extend Planning Entitlements for Housing Development Projects up to an Additional 18 Months. Environmental Review: Exempt from CEQA in Accordance with CEQA Guidelines 15061(b)(3). (FIRST READING: December 11, 2023 PASSED 5-1-1, Kou no, Veenker absent).

 

 

City Manager Comments

Presentation

 

 

Action Items

13. Tree Protection Ordinance Year One Review and Recommendations; Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Chapter 8.04 (Street Trees, Shrubs, and Plants) and Chapter 8.10 (Tree Preservation and Management Regulations of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Update the Allowable Reasons for Removal of Protected Trees, Make Clarifying Changes, and to Make Clerical Updates; and Adoption of a Resolution amending the Administrative Penalty Schedule to Increase the Penalties for Violations of Title 8 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code; CEQA Status – Not a Projects.

Public Comment

Presentation

 

 

14. Approval of a Substation Improvement Agreement With Tesla Inc. to Install Improvements and Reserve Capacity at Hanover Substation, and Approval of a Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Amendment in the Electric Fund to Establish the Hanover Substation Upgrade Project (EL-24001); CEQA Status – Exempt under CEQA Guideline Sections 15301 and 15302.

Public Comment

Staff Presentation

Adjournment