Hello neighbor! I'm an active citizen here in Mountain View, and I'd like to introduce myself to you if we haven't already met.
I moved to Mountain View in 2009, when my wife and I bought a duplex near Middlefield and Whisman with her parents. We all live together with our three children, who attend public elementary and middle schools now.
My first introduction to civic matters was when I found out about neighborhood associations here in Mountain View. I applied to join the neighborhood association closest to us, but then discovered that we weren't technically in that neighborhood. So, with the help and encouragement of the nearby neighborhood association leaders, I organized some of my own neighbors and we founded the Slater Neighborhood Association in 2011. We now have well-attended community events several times a year, are getting to know one another better than we ever had before, and building a real community where we live.
From 2011 through 2014 I served on the City of Mountain View's Human Relations Commission. At the left, is me calling one of our "Civility Roundtable" events to order.
In 2013, I attended an event called a Repair Cafe, hosted in Palo Alto, and thought it was such a great idea, that my wife and I founded Repair Cafe Mountain View soon thereafter. At a Repair Cafe event, experienced repair volunteers bring their mental and physical tools, and people who have broken things they don't know how to fix bring those broken things, and we match these neighbors up with each other. By the end of the day, we're usually able to help fix more than half of the things people bring in, which means a lot less trash and a lot more happy people.
I have been active as a parent, volunteer, and leader in the Mountain View Whisman School District for several years, and was elected to the school board in 2014. The photo to the right is me presenting the findings of the bond oversight committee to the school board in 2014.
We are now at a point in the City of Mountain View where there is a fair amount of disagreement about what to do about affordability, mobility, and differing visions for the future. I am running for City Council in the hopes that the campaign will be a chance to discuss these important issues, in a civil and respectful way. My professional background in High Tech gives me a good understanding of some of the major forces shaping life in the Silicon Valley, and my MBA from The Wharton School provides an educational foundation on understanding the many fiscal challenges of running a city budget in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
I look forward to discussing these issues with you, and hope to meet you on the campaign trail soon.