The terms of the Mayor and Vice-Mayor are for one year and expire at the first meeting in January. The General Municipal Election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, in even-numbered years. Council terms are for four years.
Regular Council meetings are at 6:00 p.m. on the first three Mondays of each month. Zoom and YouTube applications are used for the meetings due to COVID-19. Meetings are cablecast live on MidPen Media Center website and Government Channel 26 or 29. They are also broadcast via KZSU Radio, 90.1 FM. The Palo Alto Daily Post publishes the Tentative Council Agenda on the Friday preceding the City Council meeting.