City Council

June 3rd, 2024


Call to Order

Special Orders of the Day

1. Proclamation Recognizing C-SPAN StudentCam 2024 Palo Alto Winners.

Ethan Lee C-SPAN Proclamation

An Nguyen, Liam Johnson, Annelise Sailer C-SPAN Proclamation

Brendan Giang, Emily Tang, Max Reiter C-SPAN Proclamation



Closed Session

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 May 13, 2024 Meeting

3. QUASI-JUDICIAL. 810 Los Trancos Road [23PLN-00147]: Request for Site and Design Review to allow removal of an existing pool and construction of a new lap pool, removal of three (3) and planting of ten (10) new 24-inch box trees, and associated site improvements. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of CEQA per Section 15303.

4. Approval of Contract Amendment No. 4 to Contract No. C15159248 with Geodesy in the Amount of $495,000 (for a new not-to-exceed of $2,425,00) and Extend the Term for Three Years for Encompass GIS Software Maintenance and Support. CEQA status – not a project.

Consent Questions

5. Approval of Contract Amendment No. 3 to Contract No. C15152204A with Questica to Increase Compensation by $168,635 (for a new not-to-exceed of $1,227,659) and Extend the Term for Two years for a total term of 12 years for the Budget Software System, Support and Maintenance. CEQA status – not a project.

Consent Questions

6. Approval of Cost-Sharing Agreement with Santa Clara Valley Water District for Guiding Principle 5 Program funding for Future Projects at the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant; CEQA Status – Not a project.

7. Approval of General Services Contract No. C24190163 with Musson Theatrical in a Total Not-to Exceed Amount for $101,927 for the Refurbishing of the Stage Rigging System at Lucie Stern Community Theatre; CEQA status – categorically exempt (Regulation 15301).

8. Recommendation to Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager or Their Designee to Execute the Transmission Owner Rate Case Program Agreement With Northern California Power Agency; CEQA Status: Not a Project Under CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(a).

9. Approval of Construction Contract Number C24189247 with Bear Electrical Solutions, Inc. in the amount Not to Exceed $600,000 to provide On-Call Services for Traffic Signal and Electrical Services; CEQA status – categorically exempt (CEQA Guidelines Section 15301).

Consent Questions

10. Approval of Professional Services Contract Number C24188409 with ACME Technologies in the Total Amount Not-to Exceed $838,623 for a New Software Ticketing System for the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo for a Term of Five Years; CEQA Status – Not a Project.

Consent Questions

11. Approve New Pre-Approved Parklet Designs; Approve Amendments to the Ongoing Parklet Regulations; and Adopt an Ordinance and Resolution Extending the Interim Parklet Program to the Car-Free Portion of Ramona Avenue through March 2025; CEQA Status – Categorically Exempt.

12. CONSENT: Adoption of an Ordinance extending the Term of Ordinance No. 5517 by an Additional 12 Months from June 16, 2024 to June 30, 2025. Ordinance 5517 Amends Title 18 (Zoning) of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Update Definitions, Broaden Permitted Uses and Provide Limits on Certain Uses through Updates to the Conditional Use Permit Thresholds. Environmental Review: CEQA Exemption 15061(b)(3).

13. SECOND READING: PUBLIC HEARING / QUASI-JUDICIAL. 800 San Antonio Road [23PLN 00010]: Recommendation on Applicant’s Request for a Rezone from Service Commercial to Planned Community/Planned Home Zoning (PC/PHZ). The Project Includes Construction of 75 Residential Condominium Ownership Units Including 15 Below-Market Rate Units (20% of the Units) in a Five Story Building with Two Levels of Subterranean Parking. A Subdivision Map will be Required. An Addendum to the Previously Certified Environmental Impact Report for the Housing Incentive Program Expansion and 788 San Antonio Mixed Use Project (SCH # 2019090070) was Prepared. Zoning District: CS (Commercial Service). (FIRST READING: May 6, 2024 PASSED 6-1, Kou no).

14. SECOND READING: Adoption of an Ordinance Updating Chapter 18.15 (Density Bonus) of Title 18 (Zoning) to Reflect Recent Changes in State Density Bonus Law and Revising Regulations for Provision of On‐Site Affordable Rental Units Under the City’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance; Recommended by the Planning and Transportation Commission March 13, 2024. CEQA Status: Exempt under CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3). (FIRST READING: May 6, 2024 PASSED 7-0).

15. SECOND READING: Amendments to Palo Alto Municipal Code (PAMC) Chapter 2.27, Historic Resources Board, Section 2.27.010 to Reduce Required Members from Seven to Five, Reduce the Required Number of Professionals from Three to Two, and Expand the Professional Fields Consistent with Certified Local Government (CLG) Requirements for Historic Resources Boards; and  o PAMC Section 2.27.030 (a) and (b) to Reduce Regular Meetings to Once per Month and Reduce the Size of a Local Quorum to Three Members (FIRST READING: May 13, 2024 PASSED 6 1, Kou no).



City Manager Comments



Action Items

16. Receive an Update and Provide Direction on University Avenue Streetscape Improvements Project Vision, Design, and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.

Supplemental Report

Public Comment




17. PUBLIC HEARING: FIRST READING: Ordinance Amending Chapter 16.14 (California Green Building Standards, California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 11) of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Adopt the 2022 Green Building Standards Code, Along With Local Modifications Related to Electrical Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Requirements and Building Electrification Requirements and an Ordinance Amending Chapter 16.17 (California Energy Code, California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6) of the Palo Alto Municipal Code to Adopt the 2022 California Energy Code, Along with Local Modifications to Increase Energy Efficiency Standards for Buildings, Mandate Electric Ready Requirements and Incentivize All-Electric New Construction. CEQA Status: Exempt under CEQA Guidelines Sections 15308 and 15061(b)(3).




18. Approval to Operate the City-owned Building at 445 Bryant Street as a Community Center with Part-Time Use by La Comida de California for a Senior Nutrition Program; CEQA Status – Not a Project.

Late Packet Report

Public Comment