Experienced Leadership For All Saratoga
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
Continue the Momentum
On these Critical Projects
Midpen Open Space Top 25 project list
•Reconnect Guava Court and Fredericksburg Drive
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
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
•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
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
Executive Committee Member
Bringing 100% Green House Gas Free Electricity for a Rate Less than PG&E (2017)
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.
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