City Council


February 26th, 2024

 

Call to Order

CLOSED SESSION

  1. CONFERENCE WITH CITY ATTORNEY- EXISTING LITIGATION Subject: Reinert v. City of Palo Alto Santa Clara County Superior Court Case No. 21-CV-391286 (One Case, as Defendant) Authority: Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1)

 

 

Agenda Changes, Additions and Deletions

 

 

Public Comment

 

 

COUNCIL MEMBER QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

Consent Calendar

2. Approval of Minutes from February 5, 2024 and February 12, 2024 meetings.

3. Appointment of 2024 Emergency Standby Council

4. City Councilmember Appointment to the Santa Clara County Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee (HCDAC).

5. Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager or Their Designee to Execute a Third Phase Agreement with Northern California Power Agency for the Purchase of up to 2,800 Megawatt-Hours per Year of Biogas Energy from Zero Waste Energy Development Company, LLC over a Term of up to 10 Years for a Total Not to Exceed Amount of $5.7 Million; CEQA Status: Not a Project under CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(b)(5).

6. Approval of Amendment No. 6 to Contract No. C16163034A with Nova Partners, Inc. to Add $766,919, Increasing the Not to Exceed Amount to $9,647,825, for Additional Construction Management Services for the New Public Safety Building Capital Improvement Program Project (PE- 15001) and Extend the Contract Term; and Approval of Amendment No. 2 to Contract No. S20177452 with Schaaf & Wheeler Consulting Civil Engineers to Add $9,600, Increasing the Not to Exceed Amount to $20,200, for Additional Professional Services and Extend the Contract Term for the New Public Safety Building Capital Improvement Program project (PE- 15001); CEQA: Environmental Impact Report for the New Public Safety Building and New California Avenue Area Parking Garage (Resolution No. 9772).

7. Approval of Amendment No. 1 to Professional Services Agreement S21180224 with Matrix Consulting Group for a Planning and Development Services Fee Study in the Amount of $56,500 for a total Not to Exceed of $138,000 and Extension of the Contract Term through January 31, 2026. Environmental Assessment: Exempt in Accordance with CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(3)(b).

8. Approve and Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Funding Agreement with the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to Accept a $250,000 Grant as part of the 2010 Measure B Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) Countywide Program Cycle Four; CEQA status – Statutorily Exempt.

9. Approve Two Contracts for Consultant Services for the Downtown Housing Plan: Contract Number C24187236 with Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC (WRT) for a Not-to Exceed Amount of $1,508,254 to Provide Planning and Consulting Services to Develop the City’s Downtown Housing Plan for a Term of Two-years with an Optional One-year Extension; and Contract Number C24187237 with Good City Company (Good City) for a Not-to Exceed Amount of $375,522 to Provide Project Management and Consulting Services for the City’s Downtown Housing Plan for a Term of Two-years with an Optional One-year Extension. CEQA Action: Agreements are not subject to CEQA.

Public Comment

10. Approval of Professional Services Contract with Ecology Action for a Not-to-Exceed Amount of $139,968 for City of Palo Alto Safe Routes to School Spring/Fall Programming; CEQA status – categorically exempt (educational program).

11. SECOND READING: Ordinance of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Amending Chapter 8.04 (Street, Trees, Shrubs, and Plants) and Chapter 8.10 (Tree Preservation and Management Regulations) (FIRST READING: January 16, 2024 PASSED 5-2, Lythcott-Haims, Tanaka no). – MOVED TO MARCH 18, 2024

12. Approval of the Appointment of Lauren Lai as the Administrative Services Director/ Chief Financial Officer.

 

 

City Manager Comments

Presentation

 

 

Action Items

13. PUBLIC HEARING: Objections to Weed Abatement at Affected Properties and Approval of Affected Property List for Commencing Weed Abatement in 2024; CEQA status – exempt.

 

 

14. Adoption of a Resolution Suspending Enforcement of Municipal Code Sections 16.14.090, 16.14.110 and 16.14.300 Requiring All-electric Construction and Direction to Staff to Commence Work on Local Amendments to the California Energy Code Establishing a One Margin Standard. CEQA Status – Not a Project.

Attachment A – Resolution Suspending Enforcement of Municipal Code sections 16.14.090, 16.14.110 and 16.14.300.

Staff Presentation

Public Comments

 

 

16. Discussion on the 2024 Boards and Commissions Recruitment. CEQA Status – Not a Project.

Presentation

 

 

15. Policy and Services Committee Recommendations for Changes to the City Council Procedures and Protocols Handbook based on Prior City Council Referrals (Review of Censure Language). CEQA Status – Not a Project.

Attachment A – Draft Updated Procedures and Protocols Handbook with Committee Recommendations November 2023

Adjournment