City Council

February 5th, 2024


Call to Order

Special Orders of the Day

  1. Santa Clara County 2023 Synopsys Championship Science Fair 2023 STEM Winners from Palo Alto




AA1. CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS Authority: Government Code Section 54956.8 Property: 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto (Informally known as the Cubberley Site) Negotiating Party: Palo Alto Unified School District City Negotiators: (Ed Shikada, Chantal Cotton Gaines, Kristen O’Kane, Sunny Tong) Subject of Negotiations: Purchase, Exchange, and/or Lease Price and Terms of Payment New Item added.



Agenda Changes, Additions and Deletions

Public Comment






Consent Calendar

2. Approval of Minutes from January 16, 2024 Meeting

3. Review and Acceptance of Annual Report on Development Impact Fees for Fiscal Year 2023 and Adoption of a Resolution Making Statutory Findings for Certain Funds. CEQA status – Not a Project.

4. Approval of Amendment Number 1 to Contract Number S21180652 With Eric Gouldsberry Art Design (EGAD), in the Amount of $170,000 for Graphic Design Services to Extend the Term for Additional Two Years; for a Total Not-to-Exceed Amount of $410,000 over the Five-year Term; CEQA Status – Not a Project.

5. Approval of Amendment No. 2 to Contract S23184693 with Infosend, Inc. for Printing Services for the Utilities Department Programs and Projects to add $300,000 for a New Total Not to Exceed Amount of $555,000, and to Amend the Schedule of Rates. CEQA status: not a project.

6. Approval of Contract No. C23187298C with Hinderliter, de Llamas, and Associates (HdL) for Business Tax and Business Registry Certificate Program Fee Consulting Services in a Total Not-To-Exceed Amount of $860,555 Over a Three-Year Term; CEQA Status – Not a Project.

7. SECOND READING: Adopt Ordinances Amending Planned Community Ordinance 2343 for 2901-2905 Middlefield Road and Establishing a Separate Planned Community Zoning Designation for 702 Ellsworth Place to Enable the Development of a new Single-Story, Single-Family Residence. CEQA Status — Categorically Exempt Under CEQA Guidelines Sections 15061(b)(3), 15301, and 15303 (FIRST READING: December 11, 2023 PASSED 6-0-1, Veenker absent).

Consent Questions

Public Comment

8. 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).

Public Comment

9. SECOND READING: Adopt an Ordinance to Expand the Public Art Commission (PAC) from Five to Seven Members (FIRST READING: January 16, 2024 PASSED 7-0).

10. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Palo Alto Municipal Code Title 18 (Zoning) Chapters 18.14 (Housing Incentives), 18.76 (Permits and Approvals), and 18.77 (Processing of Permits and Approvals) to Implement Housing Element Program 1.3 Creating By‐Right Zoning Approval for Specific Housing Element Inventory Sites. CEQA Status: An Addendum to the City’s Comprehensive Plan Environmental Impact Report was Prepared for the 2023‐2031 Housing Element. (FIRST READING: January 22, 2024 PASSED 6-1, Kou no).

11. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Authorizing the Improvements to the Palo Alto Baylands as Part of the Horizontal Levee Pilot Project and Approval of a Cooperative Agreement with the Association of Bay Area Governments to Construct the Horizontal Levee Pilot Project (WQ‐22001); CEQA – exempt under Section 15133 (FIRST READING: January 22, 2024 PASSED 7-0).



City Manager Comments





Call To Order

Roll Call

Action Items

12. Approval of Fiscal Year 2023 Palo Alto Public Improvement Corporation’s Annual Financial Report. CEQA Status – Not a Project.

Palo Alto Public Improvement Corporation Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Financial Report



Action Items

13. Policy and Services Committee Recommendations for Changes to the City Council Procedures and Protocols Handbook based on Prior City Council Referrals (Continued from December 18, 2023). CEQA Status – Not a Project.




14. Policy and Services Committee Recommendation to the City Council to Approve a new Friendship Cities Program in Palo Alto. CEQA Status – Not a Project.