City Manager Weekly Update Blog Series: June 1, 2021
Learn about recent City of Palo Alto updates and news.
Each Council meeting, City Manager Ed Shikada provides “City Manager Comments” sharing recent City news, and updates for the community to stay informed on important issues facing the community. This blog series summarizes these weekly updates.
If you’d prefer to watch the City Manager share this week’s updates and news at the June 1, 2021 Council meeting, click the video below.
Timestamped City Council Video: City Council Meeting — June 1, 2021
RECOVERY PROCESS & REOPENING
• June 1, June 7 and June 22, staff will be before the City Council to provide updates on a series of changes being proposed from how to approach hybrid meetings, and how Cal/OSHA changes will impact walk-in services to parklets and street closures.
• Cal/OSHA review of new protocols is set for this Thursday and will likely impact workplace safety measures
City service changes as a result of the shift to the Yellow Tier include:
- At Baylands Golf Links the golf shop is open and the Baylands Café is open for indoor and outdoor dining.
- At our open space preserves one way-trails will be converted back to two-way tomorrow.
- Magical Bridge has lifted the capacity limitations that existed under the Orange Tier
- Mitchell Park Library, Rinconada Library, and Children’s Library have reopened and computer use is now available.
For more details, go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/coronavirus
BIKE BRIDGE INSTALLATION POSTPONED*
On June 1, the City Manager shared that the install would occur this weekend, June 5 through June 6. Unfortunately, the planned installation of the final Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge section over Highway 101 this weekend has been postponed again due to transport issues. The good news is the bridge section has travelled from Arizona and is currently about 100 miles away from the jobsite. For more on the rescheduled installation, go here.
For more information go to https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/101
PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING GROUND BREAKING
The City hosted a small in-person invite only event, due to COVID-19 restrictions, to memorialize the Public Safety Building ground breaking on June 2. The community was invited to watch the groundbreaking planned via YouTube.
Go to https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/PSB for more project information.
FIREWORKS EDUCATION & ENFORCEMENT
• CAL FIRE is warning that we are facing a “significant wildfire” season, making illegal fireworks use, a long-standing issue in our region, a significant issue again this year.
• Fireworks are illegal in Palo Alto and in surrounding communities. Experience has shown that the majority of these incidents stem from fireworks or “celebratory” (but nonetheless dangerous) gunfire occurring in East Palo Alto and other San Mateo County areas.
• If you hear fireworks or suspected gunfire, we ask that you please call our 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329–2413 when it is occurring and provide the best information you can about the location where it is occurring.
• We are coordinating with Menlo Park, East Palo Alto to inform and educate on the significant risk of fireworks in our community as a result of the dry weather and other risk factors.
• Fire Stations are secure drop off locations for fireworks.
Find information and tips at www.cityofpaloalto.org/fireworks
SOLAR PERMITTING UPDATES
• The City’s Utilities, Planning, Building and Fire departments have key roles implementing solar installations which are an important aspect of the City’s overall focus on sustainability and addressing climate change.
• Changes are being made to permit and inspection procedures to streamline review, offer consistent guidance, and balance obligations to ensure these systems are installed safely while supporting the expansion of solar energy throughout the City.
• A new blog by Jonathan Lait, the City’s Planning and Development Services Director, shares recent changes made to the City’s solar permitting process and what’s in the works to streamline the process and increase customer service.
GROUND BASED AUGMENTATION SYSTEM COMMUNITY MEETING
The City of Palo Alto is hosting a community meeting on June 9, 5–6:30pm, with San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on their proposed Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS). GBAS allows for aircraft precision approach paths that SFO believes will increase the efficiency of their operations, though residents tracking airplane noise issues have raised concerns that it could lead to greater noise impacts. The community meeting is an opportunity for residents to discuss their concerns with SFO staff.
NOTABLE TENTATIVE UPCOMING COUNCIL ITEMS
• 855 El Camino Real Code Amendment to allow Ground Floor Medical Office Use
• Public Hearing to suspend assessments for FY22 (Business Improvement District)
• Adoption of the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan
• City Council Final Review and Amendments to the Finance Committee’s Budget and Fee Schedule Recommendations
• Independent Police Auditor (OIR) Discussion and Contract Approval
• Direction on Zoning Interpretation related to 344 Portage (Fry’s)
• Preferred Plan Alternative for the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan
• FY 2022 Budget Actions
June 22: New Meeting Date
• Potential changes to the City’s Local Emergency Proclamation
For City Council meeting materials go here: www.cityofpaloalto.org/councilagendas
City Manager Comments Blog Series at: Medium.com/paloaltoconnect
Gain Coronavirus Updates at: CityofPaloAlto.org/Coronavirus
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Call us: (650) 272–3181 Community Support Call Center is available to answer community questions