I grew up here and seen firsthand the city’s transformation over 40 years. I understand the upside and downside of expansion, and make informed decisions on facts, not emotions. My most important skill is to find common ground and get things done. I've been honored to serve on the Menlo Park City Council since 2010 and as your Mayor in 2013 and 2018. I'd appreciate your vote and support for re-election to the City Council, District 4.
We have an unprecedented opportunity to fix issues that have challenged our city for decades, and benefit Menlo Park residents long term. I have a strategic vision to make Menlo Park an even greater place to live, work, and play:
- Traffic improvements – To improve traffic, we fix bottlenecks and upgrade our mass transit infrastructure: a Ravenswood Avenue underpass of tracks, Caltrain electrification providing increased capacity, and Dumbarton Rail across the Bay. Our transportation master plan will be the strategic blueprint for improvements.
- Quality of life – New bike lanes on Santa Cruz and Oak Grove enable our kids to bike across the city safely, with Middle Avenue soon. I negotiated with Stanford to contribute $6.5 million for a pedestrian/bike undercrossing from Middle to Burgess, Menlo Park schools, and teacher housing. As Mayor, I’m working to reform education for families in Belle Haven.
- Revitalize downtown – New housing on El Camino Real will replace empty car dealerships and bring vibrancy to downtown, along with a revitalized Guild theater, and we’re working on a downtown parking garage.
- Balanced budgets and financial planning - Menlo Park has had a balanced budget and AAA rating every year I've served on council. I convinced the city to pay down $7 million of our unfunded pension liability that saved over $4 million in interest expense, and helped create a pension reserve. As Mayor, I'm leading an effort now to create a strategic financing plan to prioritize the funding of important infrastructure projects over the next decade.
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