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News - June 4, 2021

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (June 1)

Fire:The council approved an agreement with Santa Clara County Fire Department and the Los Altos Hills Fire District for staffing at Fire Station 8 during the wildfire season. Yes: Unanimous

Economy:The council directed staff to hire a consultant for development of an economic development strategy, which will consider ways to bolster local hotels and additional opportunities to increase revenues and services. Before the 6-1 vote on the consultant, an alternate proposal to hire a staff member to steer the city's economic development was rejected 3-4, with Burt, Kou and Stone voting in favor. Yes: Burt, Cormack, DuBois, Filseth, Kou, Tanaka

No: Stone

Commissions:The council approved setting of term limits for local boards and commissions. The new rules allow for three three-year terms for the Architectural Review Board, the Historic Resources Board, Human Relations Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, Public Art Commission and Utilities Advisory Commission and for two four-year terms for the Planning and Transportation Commission and the Stormwater Management Oversight Committee. The council also agreed to consolidate recruitment of new commission members, with the goal of having all terms begin in March. Yes: Burt, DuBois, Filseth, Kou, Stone, Tanaka

No: Cormack

Utilities Advisory Commission (June 2)

Wildfire plan: The commission received an update on the city's Wildfire Mitigation Plan.Action: None

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