Issues and Priorities
From a fiscal perspective, Mountain View has been relatively well managed over the years. We are one of a handful of California cities with a AAA credit rating, and while the recent economic downturn presented numerous challenges, we weathered the storm much better than other cities. We need to continue our tradition of carefully managing our city’s finances. I will work to preserve and improve our fiscal health by ensuring budgets are balanced, costs are contained, and our long term structural deficit is appropriately addressed.
Transportation & Infrastructure
Mountain View’s recent jobs and housing growth helped us weather the recent economic downturn, but it also exacerbated our already deficient transportation infrastructure. This is especially true in the North Bayshore area where Shoreline Amphitheatre and major employers like Google are located. We are wrapping up a critical transportation study that will analyze a wide range of options to improve our transit infrastructure. As a council member, I will put all options on the table. From new bicycle and pedestrian trails and connections to Personal Rapid Transit, citywide shuttles, and partnerships with major employers, I will consider all our options and support those that will reduce congestion and pollution while keeping Mountain View competitive.
Balanced Growth & Development
As a city of only 12 square miles, we must recognize the importance of efficiently utilizing our available land and resources while preserving existing neighborhoods, adding parks and open space, and revitalizing our underutilized areas. I will advocate that we focus most of our growth and development in areas near public transportation and major roadways as identified by the community in our recently approved General Plan. This will preserve the aspects of the city that we love while improving those that do not meet our long terms needs and goals.
Environmental Sustainability and Protection
Our environment is one of Mountain View’s most precious assets, and we should do everything we can to preserve and protect it. I value the long-term sustainability of our city and will always keep the big picture in mind. I will support green building standards, solid waste and pollution reduction efforts, incentives to install and utilize renewable energy sources like solar panels, and the revitalization of existing parks and open spaces. As a Planning Commissioner, I have advocated that new housing and office developments meet the highest environmental standards. As an avid runner and active outdoorsman, I also support the expansion of local trails and improved pedestrian and bike infrastructure. We need to incentivize biking, walking, and the use of public transportation while also improving our roads and infrastructure to reduce congestion.
Economic Diversity & Vitality
Our economy is the engine that drives our success. We must continue attracting a range of large and small businesses that will become an integral part of our local economy and community. I will work to attract innovative businesses to Mountain View, reduce red tape, ensure they contribute to the local community, and further elevate our reputation as a premier destination for the best and brightest.