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Election 2018: Meet the five residents running for Los Altos City Council

Two seats are open on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 6 election. Councilwoman Mary Prochnow opted not to run for a second term, while Mayor Jean Mordo is seeking re-election.

Nancy Bremeau

Nancy Bremeau
Bremeau

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I did my graduate studies at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., but was born and raised in a small town near Seattle. I worked for over 20 years in corporate marketing, advertising and publishing. In New York City I worked for one of the largest advertising firms in the world, and after moving to San Francisco, I worked in the high-tech publishing industry. My husband and I bought our property in Los Altos in 2009. Our son, Nicolas, went to Gardner Bullis, Egan Junior High and is now a freshman at Los Altos High School.

Q: Why are you running?

My decision to run for council has come directly out of the extensive work I’ve done in Los Altos over the last several years. As a parent, resident and active participant in Los Altos, my efforts have focused on our neighborhoods, parks and quality of life; providing an engaging environment for our youth; supporting our Downtown Vision by creating a vibrant gathering place for residents and an economically sustainable environment for our local businesses; advocating for a new performing arts theater; and proposing a nature center for the benefit of our entire community.

Q: What are the three top priority issues for you and why?

1. Preserving the charm, character and quality of life for residents, while enhancing downtown and neighborhood business district vibrancy.

2. Beginning the detailed and rigorous process of updating our General Plan (due 2020).

3. Appropriate affordable-housing measures for our community.

Q: What is one thing you’d like to accomplish on the council?

Improve city governance – and the process and culture in which our council interacts with staff, commissions and our residents. Redefine and streamline outreach and interactions with the community. Empower commissions to find solutions to community concerns and issues and facilitate community ideas before they go on to council. Improve the joint staff-commission-council culture.

Q: Why should people vote for you?

I support enhancing community amenities, thoughtful improvements to our downtown, responsible land use, traffic calming, pedestrian and bike safety, complete streets and appropriate housing policies – all while preserving our unique character and charm. My experience and leadership in these areas and others will serve me well on the city council. I will bring a fair and balanced approach to all issues and represent our best interests based on constant community outreach, analysis and collaboration with the other four council members. My number one goal is doing what’s best for our community.

For more information, visit nancyforlosaltos.com.

Anita Enander

Anita Enander
Enander

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I have lived all my life in this valley, first in Los Gatos and for the past 40 years in Los Altos with my husband Mike and daughter Erica (she now lives in Austin, Texas). I hold a B.A. from Santa Clara University and a master’s in public service from the University of San Francisco. I worked for 10 years in several management positions in the federal service, then started my own management consulting business, where I worked with private and public-sector organizations for 20-plus years; I then applied everything I’d learned by buying and rebuilding a company with clients in 32 countries. I have sold that business and am nominally “retired.”

Q: Why are you running?

Los Altos is the best city in the valley, but we face pressures from regional growth that negatively affects neighborhood traffic and schools, rising pension deficits, aging infrastructure and the need to promote healthy downtown and neighborhood commercial centers. I want to use my experience and proven leadership skills to help our council make successful policy decisions to deal with these issues, based on transparency and resident participation.

Q: What are the three top priority issues for you and why?

1. Managing growth to deal with residential density, traffic, safe routes to school and maintenance of viable commercial centers, while sustaining our open space and protecting of our quality of life. Growth and fiscal management (see below) are the most important issues for the city council.

2. Restoring fiscal discipline so we can fund critical infrastructure maintenance, deal with the growing pension deficit and sustain the services that contribute to our enviable quality of life. If we don’t return to sound fiscal discipline, the already-serious issues will become even more acute when the next economic downturn hits.

3. Increasing affordable housing options by working with other cities to frame a comprehensive plan.

Q: What is one thing you’d like to accomplish on the council?

Help guide the city through the required revision to the General Plan in 2020. It will serve as the development “constitution” for the next 20 years. The General Plan deals with everything from land use and zoning to housing, from emergency planning to parks and recreation. The next General Plan should serve residents’ interests, maintain the quiet and safety of our neighborhoods and ensure our commercial centers are healthy and desirable magnets for residents’ business.

Q: Why should people vote for you?

I have a depth and breadth of knowledge of land use and budget issues, which are the core of the council’s responsibilities, having spent the past four years focused on the Downtown Buildings Committee and Planning Commission and many years running my own businesses. I have extensive policy setting, management and fiscal expertise in both the public and private sectors. I rely on facts and careful analysis before making decisions. Most important, I will put residents’ interests first to maintain the unique character of Los Altos that makes it the most envied city in the valley.

For more information, visit anita4losaltos.org.

Neysa Fligor

Neysa Fligor
Fligor

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I obtained my law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 2000 and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international relations from Florida International University. I am currently a senior lead counsel for the Global Supply Chain Organization at HP Inc. Prior to that, I worked as an attorney for the County of Santa Clara. I am 43 years old and have lived in Los Altos since December 2010.

Q: Why are you running?

Over the next few years, the city council will be faced with decisions that will shape the future of Los Altos. I am raising my family here and care deeply about the city’s future. I want Los Altos to continue to be a great place for the entire community where we maintain the things we love, including quality city services, residential neighborhoods and safe streets, while embracing change in a manner that aligns with our values and the charm and character of Los Altos. I want to use my experience, energy and passion to help accomplish these things for Los Altos.

Q: What are the three top priority issues for you and why?

1. Implement traffic safety and improvements throughout the city. This issue affects the entire community – kids, seniors, commuters and cyclists. We need to allocate the required funding and resources to implement effective solutions.

2. Move forward with certain portions of the Downtown Vision plan. The city invested time and resources on this plan and over 80 percent of residents want some level of increased vibrancy. The community needs to be part of this continued process.

3. Invest in our infrastructure throughout the city, while being fiscally responsible. This includes city buildings, roads and our parks.

Q: What is one thing you’d like to accomplish on the council?

Although I hope to accomplish many things during my four years, one of my goals is to implement effective traffic improvement solutions in at least two parts of the city.

Q: Why should people vote for you?

I have the experience, demonstrated leadership style and commitment to public service necessary to make tough decisions and be an effective leader on the council. My experience includes serving as an El Camino Healthcare District Board member, Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission chair and Los Altos Grant Writing Committee vice-chair, working as a government and high-tech attorney, and being the mom of a young family. My leadership style is collaborative, reasoned and thoughtful. I am passionate about public service and have enjoyed serving Los Altos residents in my different roles. I look forward to helping us move forward together.

For more information, visit voteneysa.org.

Jean Mordo (incumbent)

Jean Mordo
Mordo

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I was educated as an engineer in France and earned an MBA from Stanford Business School. My career was in finance and general management. I retired in 2001 and lived for 12 years in Los Altos Hills, where I served two terms on the council. In 2013, Barbara and I decided to downsize and moved to Los Altos. I ran for council in 2014. Between us, we have three children and six grandchildren.

Q: Why are you running?

I am eager to go on serving the community where I live, and I enjoy doing it. I am concerned about the future development of Los Altos and I feel that I can contribute to resolving some of the issues we are facing: how to make downtown more vibrant while preserving the village charm that is unique in Silicon Valley.

Q: What are the three top priority issues for you and why?

1. Complete the construction of the community center.

2. Begin the implementation of the Downtown Vision.

3. Continue investing in our infrastructure, traffic and streets upgrades, storm drains and improving all our city facilities.

Q: What is one thing you’d like to accomplish on the council?

Build a new library that provides all the facilities and modern services that our residents require.

Q: Why should people vote for you?

I have 12 years of service as a council member and have demonstrated a commitment to improving the community.
For more information, visit votemordo.com.

Teresa Morris

Teresa Morris
Morris

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I have been a resident of Los Altos since 2002 and have been active in Los Altos since 2005. I am part of the group Los Altans for Neighborly Development (LAND) and also served on the Downtown Buildings Committee in 2016. I graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in psychology from Foothill College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. I am a sleep and behavior consultant, helping families with babies and young children. I also have over 18 years in the many facets of retail.

Q: Why are you running?

The driving force for my running is to ensure that the city council and other decision makers incorporate the voice of the majority of residents into discussions and plans for the future of Los Altos. In addition, I want to bring more of the small-business voice into the changes proposed throughout the city.

Q: What are the three top priority issues for you and why?

1. Bring residents and small-business owners voices into the conversation about the future of Los Altos.

2. Ensure that the city council leads the way with regard to the environment.

3. Authentic affordable housing. If we are going to actually participate in the state affordable-housing mandates, we must have a plan. Thus far, the efforts have been a windfall for developers and a losing proposition for meeting our mandates.

Q: What is one thing you’d like to accomplish on the council?

I will begin by bringing the decisions and actions of the council back to being resident centric, as opposed to special interest or pet project centric. I will implement ways to identify what the majority of residents want and how residents define the character of Los Altos. By doing that, we will be able to make decisions that reflect what the majority wants.

Q: Why should people vote for you?

I will put residents first. I will always ask, what do residents want? How will our decisions affect quality-of-life issues, such as traffic, the environment, safety, city character and finances? I will bring transparency back into the way our city is run. We currently have a majority on the council that favors expansion at a cost. This cost is both a monetary loss as well as the loss of Los Altos character.

I will make sure that new, denser housing is as neighbor friendly as possible and that we avoid, if possible, all oversized building. I will keep an eye on spending. We must stop spending as though finances are bottomless.

For more information, visit teresamorrisforcouncil.com.

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