Currently the City Council is not proportional in representation of the city of Palo Alto. If you locate each council member to the City Zoning map, there are 6 council members that represent Zones 1 ,4 and 5. Which means that these council members will pay more attention to what is going on Downtown Palo Alto and Stanford Area than the rest of Palo Alto. Lately council members have not been tackling issues fairly that are not within their own districts. Specifically the Fire Department issue sticks out as a sore thumb and shows that Council does not care for people who live in Zones 14, 15 and 16.
We need to downsize the council to 5 council members which will represent zones of Palo Alto. This would create a fairer representation of the City and ensure that the council members will represent their zones when enacting new city resolutions.
I would also argue for a four year term Mayor who could focus on issues like Fire Department, education and City Growth. The revolving one year term is not doing the job for city needs.
Looking at the Zone Map, I believe that the zoning for Council members should be
Council 1 = Zones 1, 4 and 5
Council 2 = Zones 2, 3 and 6
Council 3 = Zones 8, 9 and 7
Council 4 = Zones 10,11, 12 and 13
Council 5 = Zones 14, 15 and 16
Council 6 should be reserved for the Vice Mayor
Take a look at the Zone Map of Palo Alto and map out out each council members to see what areas they represent. You will see that it is disproportional. The same is true for those serving on other commission such as the Planning and Transportation.