As a member of the Town Council I will focus on:
Safety — Wildfire/Evacuation. Wildfire risks affect us all. Like many of us, my home is in a very high fire hazard zone with limited evacuation routes. The CZU fire was a wake-up call. As a Town, we need to treat CZU as a call-to-action and rapidly implement fire safety measures, including regulations, education, and incentives.
Civility — At the end of the day we are all neighbors. Listening to and respecting differing opinions among residents is critical if we are to solve the problems the Town faces. Everyone deserves a voice in the difficult choices we make as a Town. As a Planning Commissioner, I demonstrated my willingness to listen and to work towards the common good.
Accountability — Measurable goals and financially sound, enduring solutions are what residents should expect. I’m committed to a transparent town budget and audit process; and an end-of-year review of the Council’s annual goals.
- Endorsed by The Almanac!I’m proud to have been endorsed by The Almanac for PV Town Council after their extensive process of learning about and hearing from all the candidates. Congratulations to Judith Hasko and Craig Hughes, who were also endorsed. Read the endorsement online.
- Almanac Candidates ForumThanks to The Almanac and Embarcadero Publishing for hosting a forum for the five of running for Portola Valley Town Council. I think there was a lot of good information shared. If you didn’t get to see it live, or want to refresh your memory you can view the recording on YouTube.
Why I’m running for Town Council
These are difficult times for the town. There are many contributing factors: external mandates, unrealistic deadlines, and at times, a lack of civil discourse. We have major issues to manage: fire safety, threats to our values and open space, planning for affordable housing, and updates to our General Plan.
My experience on the Planning Commission and the Open Space Acquisition, Emergency Preparedness, and Trails Committees has prepared me to understand the current issues and contribute positive solutions. I have shown my willingness, patience, and determination to work with neighborhood constituencies to craft creative solutions to hard problems.
We are unique in the willingness of so many residents to contribute their time and talents to making Portola Valley a special place. Fostering a strong positive working relationship between professional staff and robust town committees is necessary for the health and well-being of our community. The committees need to be empowered to make meaningful change in the Town. I am committed to this ongoing task.
You can read more about my perspective on key issues: Local Issues
You can read more about me: Background
I hope you will support me in doing what is best for our town.