Community Notebook: Volunteers needed for Palo Alto's Utilities Advisory Commission


The City of Palo Alto is looking for volunteers to serve on the Utilities Advisory Commission on which they will advise the City Council on present and prospective "long range planning and policy and major program and project matters relating to the electric utility, gas utility, water utility, wastewater collection utility, fiber optics utility and recycled water matters, excluding daily operations," according to a job description on the application.

The commission is comprised of seven members who are not council members, officers or employees of the city and who are utility customers or authorized representatives of a utility customer. Commissioners will serve for three years and typically meet on the first Wednesday of each month. Committee members may be asked to participate on at least one subcommittee, which could hold additional meetings.

To apply, click here. Applications must be turned in by Thursday, July 30, by 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the City Clerk's Office at 650-329-2571 or email

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2015 at 10:17 am

Palo Alto residents who actually use the utilities are the best ones to advise rather than out of town employees. Also looking at how things are done elsewhere in other countries and other states makes much more sense than comparing with neighbouring communities. We need to see the practicalities for our own residents as well as getting innovative ideas from elsewhere rather than more of the same with feel good changes.

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