Dear Friends and Neighbors
This victory is as much yours as it is mine. You were out there promoting me, you were out there waving the signs, you were out there opening your homes to host coffees and meet the candidate events, you were out there passing out my brochures, you were out there with me at Farmer’s Markets talking to people, YOU WERE OUT THERE with and for me.
Congratulations and thank you to all of you!
I am very proud of my campaign. I do not have the endorsements of Senators, Supervisors, Assembly members, the Mayor nor the various Democratic parties, I did not seek them. I did seek the Sierra Club endorsement and am honored to have received it because the values of that nonpartisan group so closely reflect mine. But most of all, I am proud because I have you, residents of Palo Alto’s endorsements. My goal has always been to make sure that residents have a meaningful seat at the table. I am honored and humbled by the trust you’ve placed in me to carry your voice.
The elections did not provide us with the outcome we hoped for. Quoting Kamala Harris, California’s former attorney general and now California Senator elect, “It is the very nature of this fight for civil rights and justice and equality that whatever gains we make, they will not be permanent. So we must be vigilant. Do not despair. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are.”
The success of defeating Measure D was pivotal! It raised a flag that residents would not stand for City actions that were not transparent, did not include meaningful outreach to the community and did not reflect balanced consideration of significant neighborhood impacts and competing priorities. It helped elect Council members Tom Dubois and Eric Filseth. It afforded us a little relief from the building frenzy. However, those gains remain fragile and much work remains to be done.
This election has set us back a bit and I need your help some more and more than ever. Please, please do not despair and do not throw up your hands, instead stand by me and lead with me. With your continued engagement we can protect the quality of life that all candidates professed to hold dear. Together, we can preserve retail protections and limits on the office growth that has so distorted our jobs/housing balance. And we can address the big issues of traffic congestion and parking as we work to manage future growth responsibly. I look forward to working with the entire City Council to make those things happen for the good of all Palo Altans. But we need you to help us stay on track.
Here is the City’s organizational chart. You have a voice, you are the shareholders, you are the boss. Claim it!
I ask you to reach out to me often, keep me abreast of the going on’s in your neighborhood; invite me to your neighborhood/city-community meetings. Let me be involved at the grassroots level.
I want to take this opportunity to also thank Council members Karen Holman, Tom Dubois, Eric Filseth and Greg Schmid for their support and contributions to my campaign. Thank you.
Thank you to all of you for your unwavering continued support for me.
Sincerely and respectfully,