Los Altos council candidates list goals, plans for environmental sustainability

The Town Crier is running a series of questions for each of the five candidates for Los Altos City Council to answer in advance of the Nov. 6 election. 

This week’s question: What are three key things the city can do to advance environmental sustainability? What specific actions would you take in your first two years to accomplish these things?

Nancy Bremeau: Three critical environmental policy areas which require immediate attention:

• Water use: The city can set policies and guidelines for rain capture and stormwater pollution prevention while preserving the rural atmosphere of our neighborhoods.

• Greenhouse gases: Reduce greenhouse gases by emphasizing “complete streets” and bicycle and pedestrian safety.

• Renewable energy: Maximize solar on city facilities.

Anita Enander: Do simple things that can have real impact when multiplied throughout our city.

• Improve carbon sequestration with new guidelines to promote planting tree species with high carbon uptake.

• Provide “how-to” plant bee-friendly gardens. (I keep bees as a personal commitment to sustainability.)

• Partner with the Santa Clara Valley Water District on implementing home water-conservation techniques.

Neysa Fligor: Incorporate green initiatives into policies, codes and city operations, implement pedestrian and bicycle-friendly street improvements and increase awareness through partnering with schools, seniors and the business community. I will make completion of a traffic safety project a priority, require that city vendors support environmental sustainability and create a program with the schools.

Jean Mordo: There are several small measures we can take and I favor all of them. The biggest impact is with adopting a fee to implement a large backlog of work on our storm drain system.

Teresa Morris: I’d begin by ensuring the city council is the leader for environmental issues. We need solar on all city buildings as we move forward. In addition, I would work for a reduction of automobile use and the creation of new green spaces along with environmentally friendly maintenance of current natural resources.

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