The City of Palo Alto engages in state and federal legislative and regulatory activities pursuant to our Council-approved Legislative Program Manual and Legislative Priorities. Additionally, City staff:
Communication between City Council and policymakers
Summary of 2017 bills on which the City took action
SB 35 (Weiner) Planning and zoning: affordable housing: streamlined approval process.
City position: Opposed Status: Signed into law Materials: City's opposition letter
public and environmental review process.
SB 649 (Hueso) Wireless telecommunications facilities; small cells
This bill establishes a new statewide framework for streamlining the placement of small cell wireless facilities
|ACA 4 (Aguiar-Curry) Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval.
City position: Support Status: Failed Materials: City's support letter
To fund affordable housing and infrastructure projects, this potential constitutional amendment reduces
the local vote threshold from two-thirds to 55 percent for bond and special tax measures. If passed,
this measure would appear on a ballot for voter approval.
SB 5 (De Leon) California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018.
Subject to voter approval, this bill proposes the issuance of $3.5 billion in general obligation bonds to fund,
among other items, water conservation programs, flood protection, grants to local entities operating parks, and
community access projects.
AB 18 (Eduardo Garcia).California Clean Water, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018.
City position: Support Status: Failed Materials: City's letter of support
Subject to voter approval, this bill authorizes the issuance of $3.105 billion in state general obligation bonds
the bills will either merge into a single bill, or
SB 797 (Hill): Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board: transactions and use tax.
City position: Support Status: Signed into law Materials: City's letter urging a signature
Authorizes a sales tax increase of 1/8 cent in three counties, subject to 2/3 voter approval and approval of three
regional agencies, the Caltrain Board, and Supervisors of the three affected counties to fund Caltrain's Modernization program.