Palo Alto Municipal and other codes
Does word "Should" mean mandatory?
1.04.050 Definitions

(a) The following words and phrases whenever used in this code shall be construed as defined in this section unless from the context a different meaning is intended, or unless a different meaning is specifically defined and more particularly directed to the use of such words or phrases.

(1) "City" means the city of Palo Alto or the area within the territorial city limits of the city of Palo Alto and such territory outside of this city over which the city has jurisdiction or control by virtue of any constitutional or charter provisions, or any law

(2) "Council" means the city council of this city

(3) "Oath" means and includes affirmation

(4) "Office." The use of the title of any officer, employee, or any office, or ordinance or charter means such officer, employee, office, ordinance or charter of the city of Palo Alto, unless otherwise specifically designated

(5) "Person" means natural person, joint venture, joint stock company, partnership, association, club, company, corporation, business trust, organization, or the manager, lessee, agent, servant, officer or employee of any of them

(6) "Shall" and "must." Each is mandatory

(7) "May" is permissive

(8) "Street" means and includes all streets, highways, avenues, lanes, alleys, courts, places, squares, curbs, or other public ways in this city which have been or may hereafter be dedicated and open to public use, or such other public property so designated in any law of this state

(9) "Written" means and includes printed, typewritten, mimeographed or multigraphed

(Ord. 2146 (part), 1963: prior code 1.08)

1.04.060 Grammatical interpretation

(a) The following grammatical rules shall apply in this code

(1) Gender. Any gender includes the other genders

(2) Singular and Plural. The singular number includes the plural and the plural includes the singular

(3) Tenses. Words used in the present tense include the past and the future tenses and vice versa

(4) Use of Words and Phrases. Words and phrases used in this code and not specifically defined shall be construed according to the context and approved usage of the language.
(Ord. 2146 (part), 1963: prior code 1.09)

1.04.070 Civil code provisions

The provisions of Sections 13 and 1645 of the Civil Code of the State of California are hereby adopted in the interpretation of words and phrases, unless otherwise provided herein.
(Ord. 2146 (part), 1963: prior code 1.10)