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Boards, Commissions, & Committees
These advisory bodies serve an important purpose advising the City Council on matters or issues pertaining to their specific board, commission, or committee on how to best serve the constituents of East Palo Alto. 

Below is a List of the Boards, Commissions, and Committees:
       Measure C Oversight Committee
       Planning Commission 
       Public Works & Transportation Committee
       Rent Stabilization Board 
       Senior Advisory Committee


Click here to see the overall roster of East Palo Alto's Boards, Commissions, and Committees



The City of East Palo Alto is seeking Applications for the following vacancies:

PLANNING COMMISSION: Three (3) vacancies - 2 full term and 1 alternate serving 1 year only

To fill a 3-year term beginning June 1, 2019. The primary responsibility of the Planning Commission is to review development proposals on public and private lands for compliance with the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The Commission reviews all development proposals requiring a use permit, architectural control, variance, minor subdivision, and environmental review associated with these projects.  The Commission serves as a recommending body to the City Council for major subdivision, re-zonings, conditional development permits, planned development permits, Zoning Ordinance amendments, General Plan amendments, and the environmental reviews associated with those projects. In addition, the Commission works on special projects as assigned by the City Council. Regular Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Full time residency is required.

PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE: Four (4) vacancies- 3 full term and 1 alternate serving 1-year term

To fill a 3-year term beginning June 1, 2019. This Committee is charged with advising the City Council on matters related to the adequacy and improvement of all types of public and private transportation within and cross the City, including the best approaches to establishing and maintaining systems and facilities for the transport of people and goods around the City; the coordination of motor vehicle, bicycle, mass transit, and pedestrian traffic facilities; the development and encouragement of the most efficient and least detrimental overall transportation system for the City supporting the goals of the General Plan; coordination with regional transportation systems; and serving as an appeals board for appeals from staff determinations concerning establishment of traffic signs, pavement markings, speed zones, parking regulations, traffic signals, bike lanes, bus stops, etc. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  Full time residency in East Palo Alto is required and, if selected, member shall not serve concurrently in a similar capacity with other public body in City.

RENT STABILIZATION BOARD: Three (3) vacancies- 2 full term and 1 alternate serving a 1-year term

To fill a 3-year term beginning June 1, 2019. This advisory body was first created as a result of City Ordinance No. 330 approved by the voters and is responsible for carrying out the provisions of said Ordinance including: Protecting residential tenants in the city from unreasonable rent increases by discouraging speculation in rental property and stabilizing rent increases; Protecting tenants from arbitrary, discriminatory, or retaliatory evictions; and, Assuring landlords both a fair return and rental income sufficient to cover costs of maintenance and operating expenses, as well as, the costs of capital improvements to their rental properties.  Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Full time residency in East Palo Alto is required and a disclosure of Applicant’s interests and dealings in real property, including but not limited to, ownership, trusteeship, sale or management and investment in / and association with partnerships, corporations, joint ventures an syndicates engaged in ownership, sale or management or real property during the previous 3 years.

SENIOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Eight (8) vacancies–6 regular and 2 alternate

To fill a 3-year term beginning June 1, 2019. The primary responsibility of the Senior Advisory Committee is to encourage, foster, facilitate, establish and purpose programs and services which enhance the social, economic, recreational, cultural, and personal well-being of the city's senior population and: a) Recommend the establishment of programs which stimulate and encourage the development and maintenance of senior programs and services in the City and to review such programs as are established; b) Review and make recommendations regarding the funding of senior programs and services that operate within the city for the benefit of the city's senior population; c) Review and make recommendations regarding seniors' special housing needs; and d) Advise the council and other boards and committees of the city regarding matters that affect the city's senior populations.  Regular meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the even numbered months from 1:30-3:30 P.M. Full time residency in East Palo Alto is required.

If you are interested, fill out an Application and submit to City Clerk's Office. Applications are available at City Hall, 2415 University Avenue, 2nd Floor. 

Submit your completed and fully executed Application to the Office of the City Clerk before April 30, 2019.

The City Council will review all applications and make appointments at a Special Meeting held on May 28, 2019.  
For further information, please contact Maria Buell, City Clerk at (650) 853-3127.

Planning Commission
Public Works Transportation Committee
Senior Advisory Committee
Rent Stabilization Board