Planning commissioner officially announces bid for Los Altos council

Los Altos Planning Commissioner Sally Meadows last week declared plans to run for city council in the Nov. 3 election. 

Sally Meadows

An active volunteer, Meadows has served on local governing boards and at nonprofits. She was a member of the city’s Design Review Commission before joining the Planning Commission. She also served as co-chairwoman of El Camino Hospital’s Community Advisory Council and as board president of Mentor Tutor Connection.

“I’m running for city council because we need experienced and common-sense leaders who have a vision for Los Altos today and also accept responsibility and stewardship for tomorrow,” Meadows said in a statement.

She is running her campaign on the slogan “It’s About ALL of Us.”

“Effective leaders understand it’s about all of us, not just the people who vote for you, but also the ones who don’t,” she said. “Not just the people who live and work here today, but also those who will live and work here tomorrow.”

Meadows established as goals:

• “Work together to strengthen the resilience of our community, our city government, staff and first responders, and our business districts;

• “Act in a common sense, fiscally responsible way to support the community and improve outcomes for all of us; and

• “Engage respectfully in tough conversations and make hard decisions in a timely and efficient manner.”

Three seats are open on the five-member council in November, with Mayor Jan Pepper and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins termed-out. Meadows joins incumbent Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng as the only candidates thus far who have declared their intent to run. The filing period begins July 13 and ends Aug. 7.

Mountain View race

With the filing period still roughly three weeks away, the field is already crowded in the race for four open seats on the seven-seat city council in November.

Incumbent Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga and community activist Alex Nunez both announced plans to run June 15. Incumbent Councilwoman Lisa Matichak and former council members Lenny Siegel and Pat Showalter also have declared their intent to run, as has Mountain View Whisman School District board member Jose Gutierrez.

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