Finance and Investments
Shouldn't our Town have a Council member who knows the town's finances in depth? Absolutely.
Here's where Stan is going to shine: Stan is on his 14th year on the Finance and Investment Committee, plus worked as Treasurer for eight candidate campaigns. Why are the Town's finances in the good shape they are in now? It has been a collective effort from the FIC, with Stan there every step of the way.
He is also impressive in other ways; he has very adorable Yorkies!
Los Altos Hills is unique in this region in that we have a beautiful and functional system of Pathways, uniting our neighborhoods, as well as providing safe and convenient egress from land-locked properties in the event of fire. These interconnecting paths also provide a recreational asset to bicyclists, walkers, horseback riders, and hikers. I wholeheartedly support ongoing maintenance of existing Pathways, but also development to the completion of the planned Pathways system.
Fire & Security Issues
I believe our volunteer residents offer significant benefits to the town. They are willing and able to help, many have given hundreds of hours lending a hand, and they must not be ignored. The price of progress is either time or money, and I am opposed to ignoring the time component.
The idea of undergrounding our utilities has been debated for decades, and has significant merits, particularly considering recent events. Fire and earthquake related safety improvements, beautification of our town, and property appreciation are all benefits. I am in favor of reviewing our options, formulating a game plan if financially and logistically feasible, and proceeding to execute the plan.
Town Hall Expansion
We have new information now. Covid-19 has changed the way America works permanently, and the virus may be here for quite some time. Shelter-in-Place and Social Distancing currently make working remotely mandatory for many employees. The current expansion proposal was envisioned in a different time under different circumstances. I will work to review the current situation, and change the project as needed to reflect the reality of today.
Process and Procedure
I believe our Town should place on a spreadsheet all its contracts for expiration timeframes. Multiple bidders, request for proposals made on a timely basis, and reasonable prices based on what other townships have paid are only part of the equation. Follow though is the most important part.