The City of East Palo Alto is a beautiful community located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and is uniquelypositioned to maximize its potential as a significant city in the region. Founded by speculators and farmers in 1849,the town was originally named Ravenswood. In 1983 the residents decided to incorporate as East Palo Alto. Thepopulation is approximately 31,500 with an area of 2.5 square miles.Community assets include: A rich historical heritage A culturally diverse community A moderate climate Bay Area location within close proximity to the San Francisco and San Jose International Airports Sensitivity and commitment to the environment as evidenced by a commitment to open space and parkfacilities A friendly residential community with a small town family oriented atmosphere Excellent private schools and progressive public school district An active citizen involvementThe Community is deeply concerned about maintaining its quality of life. Future development must be compatiblewith community expectations. A significant number of important issues facing the City are regional in nature, e.g.,growth, transportation, solid waste, water, congestion management and economic vitality.East Palo Alto is a general law city incorporated in 1983; and, operates under the Council/Manager Form ofGovernment. Legislative authority is vested in a five member City Council elected at large for four-year overlappingterms. Key City Council advisory bodies include: the Planning Commission, Rent Stabilization Board, SeniorAdvisory Committee, and the Public Works and Transportation Commission.Annually, the Council selects a Mayor and Vice Mayor from its members. The City Council appoints the CityManager and CityAttorney. The City Manager is appointing authority for all employees, including four departmentexecutives.The City’s authorized strength is 103.13 FTEs in the following departments and divisions:u City Councilu City Manager/Clerk’s Officeu CityAttorney’s Officeu Community Development‣ Building Services Division‣ Economic Development /RDA‣ Engineering‣ Maintenance‣ Planning Division‣ Senior Servicesu Financeu Human Resourcesu PoliceThe General Fund budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 is $17.1 million; all the funds comprising the overall budget is$29.8 million. East Palo Alto is a full service city.