Re-Elect

Howard MILLER

Experienced Leadership For All Saratoga

EXPERIENCE

Driving force behind Park, Trail and Open Space Efforts
Solid Conservative Financial Policies and Sustainable Budgets
Resolved City Pension Liability Saving City $11M
Member of City Finance Committee for 8 Years
Updated Sign, Noise, Fence and Parking Ordinances
Initiated Citywide Public Process to Update Saratoga Village
 
 

LEADERSHIP

Continue the Momentum

 On these Critical Projects

 

Parks, Trails and Open Space

Led Effort to Expand Kevin Moran Park

 

Led Effort to Create 64-Acre Quarry Park

  • Acquired, Annexed, Designed, Built and with Grand Opening in 2015

 America in Bloom 2015 winner

  • Led Judges on Citywide Park Tours and Hikes

  • Established City Flower

Leading Effort to Reconnect Guava Court and Fredericksburg Drive

  • Received $350K Grant from VTA

  • City now working with CPUC for Approval

Annexed Cooper-Garrod Farms, Establishing Conservation Easement and New Trails

 

Improving Government for All Saratogans

Can Now Legally get your Oil Changed in Saratoga

No Longer have to Wait 60 Days for a Permit to Cut Down a Dead Tree (and it's Now Free)

It is Now Faster and Cheaper to Open a Small Business in Saratoga

Improved Noticing for all Projects in the City

Improved Tree, Fence, Noise, Parking and other Ordinances

Established Improved City Communications including NextDoor.com and Project Videos

Did first Citywide Poll in a Decade and Established on-going City Polls

Many other Laws Simplified, made Reasonable and Logical

City Finance

8 Years on City Finance Committee, 6 as Chairperson

Refinanced City Library Bond, Saving Tax Payers over $2M

Pension and Health Care Liabilities:

  • Paid-Down Half of City Pension Liability Saving City Over $7.5M

  • Accelerated Payments of Remaining Pension Liability Saving City Over $3.5M

  • Negotiated Pension and Health Care Reform with all City Labor Unions

Established Capital Project Nomination and Communications Processes for Transparency

Established Comprehensive Reserve Policies and Rain-day Funds​

Established Policies for Vehicle & Equipment Replacement

Brought in New City Audit Firm.  And we have Clean Audits.

GFOA Distinguished Budget Award Winner

West Valley Solid Waste Management

Led West Valley Solid Waste Management Authority for 4 Years

Led Negotiations for New 10 Year Contract Providing:

  • Improved Recycling Options

  • Providing new Annual Funding:

    • $350K for Saratoga Roads

    • $80K for Street Sweeping

    • $166K for General City Expenses

Environment

Led Effort to Install First Pay-for-Use EV Charging Stations

Led Effort for DC Fast Charging Station at Library (2017)

Championed Grass Reduction and Water Efficient Landscaping at City Parks

New Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance

Expanded eWaste Recycling through the City and Region

Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority

  • Board Member

  • Executive Committee Member

Bringing 100% Green House Gas Free Electricity for a Rate Less than PG&E (2017)

Biography

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I earned a BS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a MS from Stanford.  I have 31 years of engineering management experience at HP and Apple. I recently retired from Apple after more than 23 years, having led Apple's printing efforts, co-invented AirPrint and was named on 19 US Patents.
 
I moved to Saratoga over 22 years ago.  My wife Sandy and I built a house, making it our home and raised 5 wonderful kids.
I ran the AYSO Saratoga Soccer and Pacific Coast Spring Soccer leagues and was honored with a National Volunteer of the year award.  I was an assistant Scout Master leading summer camps and mentored 13 Eagle Scouts.  I volunteer with School Music, Drama, Speech & Debate and have done guest lectures on leadership.
 
For almost 8 years I have represented you on the Saratoga City Council. I have worked diligently as a Council Member and 2-term Mayor to improve our city for All Saratoga. I provided constructive and effective leadership during the worst economic downturn and recovery in our city’s history. I worked to solidify our city finances, upgrade our roads and parks, simplify city regulations, improve our business climate, lower taxes, and protect the integrity & beauty of our city & neighborhoods.
 
 
CONTACT HOWARD

I want to hear from you.

Send me your questions or comments.

electhowardmiller@me.com

Tel: 408.802.4034

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ENDORSE HOWARD   

Please add your name to the list of the many community leaders that have joined with me to help make great things happen for Saratoga and the region.

© 2016 by Howard Miller

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Committee to Elect Howard Miller for Council 2016 FPPC # 1388792