City Council

September 18th, 2023


Call to Order

Special Orders of the Day

This meeting will be called to order in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, California Native American Day, and National Preparedness Month.

Special Orders of the Day

  1. Appointment of Candidates for the Architectural Review Board



Agenda Changes, Additions and Deletions

Public Comment






Consent Calendar

2. Approval of Minutes from September 5, 2023 Meeting

3. Approval of Amendment No. 1 to the Lease Agreement Between the City of Palo Alto and the County of Santa Clara (Contract No. 1557819) at 2000 Geng Road for Safe Parking to Extend the Term for Three Years; Prioritize Local Populations; and Clarify City’s Landscaping Duties; CEQA Status – categorically exempt.

Public Comment

4. Approval of Construction Contract C24187742 with OBS Engineering Inc., in the Amount Not-to-Exceed $383,400 for Cameron Park Improvements, Capital Improvement Project PG-14002; Authorization of Contract Contingency in an Amount Not-to-Exceed $38,340 for Related, Additional but Unforeseen Work Which May Develop During the Project; and Approval of a Budget Amendment in the Capital Improvement Fund; CEQA status – Categorically exempt per regulation 15301 (existing facilities).

5. Approve the Appointment of Caio A. Arellano to the Position of Chief Assistant City Attorney; CEQA Status- not a project.



City Manager Comments




Action Items

6. PUBLIC HEARING: Adoption of Resolution to Establish a New Priority Development Area (PDA) in South Palo Alto and Support for the Nomination of one Parcel as a Priority Site. Environmental Assessment: Not a ‘Project’ and Exempt from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Review.




7. LEGISLATIVE: Adopt an Ordinance Amending Planned Community 2343 zoning for 2901-2905 Middlefield Road and Adopt an Ordinance Establishing a new Planned Community Zoning Designation to Enable the Development of a new Single-Story, Single-Family Residence on 702 Ellsworth Place.

Public Comment

Applicant Presentation

Staff Presentation



8. Public Hearing: Adoption of a Resolution Approving Capped-Price Winter Natural Gas Purchases for Winter 2023-24 and Amending the FY 2024 Gas Fund Budget to Fund These Purchases; Amending the Gas Utility Long-term Plan Objectives, Strategies and Implementation Plan; and Amending Rate Schedules G-1 (Residential Gas Service), G-2 (Residential Master-Metered and Commercial Gas Service), G-3 (Large Commercial Gas Service), and G-10 (Compressed Natural Gas Service); CEQA status: not a project under Public Resources Code 15378(b)(5) and exempt under Public Resources Code 15273(a).