"Moving Forward Together"
"Juntos Siempre Adelante"
Making a Difference
Back in 2015 I was appointed to the Mountain View Whisman School Board from a field of 11 candidates. The first Latinx on the board since 2008. I was elected to a four year term in 2016.
I make tough decisions, listen to and speak for community interests, balance multi-million dollar budgets, foster partnerships between the school district and city council and continue to help plan the school district COVID-19 response. All of this has energized me to enter the 2020 city council race.
My proudest school board accomplishment came in 2019 when we partnered with Mountain View City Council and developer Fortbay/Miramar Capital in planning the approved 716 unit Mountain View apartment complex at 777 W. Middlefield Road. The apartment project will provide 144 affordable units for Mountain View Whisman School District teachers and staff, including 20 units for city employees.
I would like to earn your vote and with your support make a difference at City Hall. Now is the time to have a new voice at City Council, a voice that represents a different perspective, from an under represented Castro City, Rengstorff park, California Avenue and Latham Street apartment area, working towards a better future for everyone.
Mountain View Change to Believe In
What We Can Accomplish Together
Living Wages & Benefits
Making change from the ground up. We need to promote jobs in Mountain View that provide a living wage and benefits. We also need to reexamine our small business requirements and work together to attract and retain new opportunities on Castro Street and throughout our city.
I'd like to propose eliminating the 100K plus we ask up front for parking or assess a fee on a scaled basis at the end of the first year of business. This money can go directly to cover wages or health benefits during this COVID-19 pandemic and would go a long way to help our small business community.
Together We Build
Proposed housing projects should include community benefits that reduces our carbon footprint, provide affordable housing, green space for families, individuals and pets. This is crucial in order to preserve our socio-economic and cultural diversity that we value so much in our city.
I would also like to propose that new library satellite branches be part of any community benefits package presented to city council. Having a local library satellite branch in new developments will reduce traffic, reduce our carbon footprint and allow city government to make a positive impact in these new parts of our community.
I'd also like to encourage the private developer community to reexamine the target market for new apartment communities. COVID-19 has changed the local economy with many tech workers being able to work from home and many have begun to move out from luxury apartment rental complexes. Let's be bold and encourage new complexes for middle class and working families.
Now is the Time for Change
COVID-19 has reminded us how important families, friends and our community are to each and every single one of us.
This is an opportunity to have conversations about systemic inequality, the importance of socio-economic and cultural diversity in our city neighborhoods and schools.
I support Mayor Abe-Koga's Ad-Hoc Council Subcommittee on Race, Equity and Inclusion (REI Subcommittee). It's a great start toward racial justice and equity within our city government. It will also promote a renewed public trust in law enforcement and the importance of community based partnerships.
I also support the Mountain View Rent Relief program and the partnership with the Community Services Agency (CSA). CSA helps with the application process as well as the distribution of funds for families that have been affected by the pandemic. You can learn more at this link:
Another important issue within our community is homelessness. I believe we need a long term solution that is both thoughtful and pragmatic. Understanding the city has limited resources, we need to partner with county and state government as well as the private sector and figure out how best to help seek transitional housing with the intent of moving to stable affordable housing.
I plan to vote in favor of Measure C and once on city council, look forward to the next steps in problem solving this issue.
Working together we can bring change for the benefit of everyone.
MVWSD Goals Accomplished
Since my appointment to the school board in 2015, I've helped bring civility and return the board’s focus to student achievement and teacher needs.
During my tenure I oversaw the voter approved Measure G bond to modernize students’ learning environment at every school site. We built new J.A. Vargas, Castro and Stevenson elementary campuses, spearheaded long needed change to the reclassification system for English language learners, and ensured that all Mountain View middle school students have the opportunity to choose an elective class.
I also worked diligently to improve teacher salaries since 2015 and for teacher’s who have a doctorate, master’s degree or National Board Certification, provide a $2,000 stipend back in 2018.
Mountain View Professional Firefighters – Local 1965
South Bay Labor Council – Local 521 SEIU
Los Altos Town Crier
Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club
Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
San Jose Mercury News
The Talon - LAMV High School Newspaper
Fiona Walter - Mountain View Los Altos High School District Trustee
Debbie Torok - Mountain View Los Altos High School District Trustee
Laura Blakely - Mountain View Whisman School Board Trustee
Ellen Wheeler - Mountain View Whisman School Board Trustee
William Lambert – former Mountain View Whisman School Board Trustee
Steve Olson – former Mountain View Whisman School Board Trustee
Joe Mitchner - former Mountain View Los Altos High School District Trustee
Jessica Speiser - Los Altos School District Trustee
Rosie Tejada - Jefferson Union High School District Trustee
Melissa Baten Caswell - Palo Alto Unified School District Trustee
Chelsea Bonini - former San Mateo-Foster City School District Trustee
Nancy Hsieh - former San Mateo-Foster City School District Trustee
Mona Singh - former Mountain View Educational Fund President
Laura Teksler - Candidate for MVLA High School Board
Laura Ramirez Berman - Candidate for MVWSD School Board
Kathy Thibodeaux - Board Chair, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Elna Tymes
Doug Radtke - CPA
Rich and Jacqueline Tanner
* Titles and affiliations of each individual are provided for identification purposes only. Endorsements are individual in nature and do NOT represent the above organizations.
Like many of you, I'm (all in) vested in Mountain View. I am the father of 2 amazing daughters, Grace and Elena (Los Altos High and Graham Middle School). I work as an Intellectual Property patent litigation paralegal for a financial tech company and for fun family time, I've coached many AYSO soccer teams over the years. ;o)
I've lived in Mountain View a little over 20 years and I grew up in a working class family. My dad is from Texas and my mom is from Mexico. My pops worked in construction, hanging sheet-rock and drywall (proud union member), while my mom volunteered at the schools I attended and at church. Their work ethic and belief that California would offer a better life, inspired me to make a difference in my community and to never give up on hope and a better tomorrow.
I'm the first in my family to graduate from High School. I attended West Valley and De Anza College then transferred to Santa Clara University and earned my degree. I was also fortunate to take a class taught by Leon Panetta (former White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and then Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense for President Obama). Go Broncos! To this day, what I learned in his class still proves to be true, that regardless of where we come from or what party we belong to, only by working together can we make a difference.
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