There are six confirmed candidates in this year's City Council election, two of whom work for Google.
Acting City Clerk Wanda Wong said the three challengers filed papers by Friday's deadline: longtime resident Greg David and Google employees Aaron Jabbari and Dan Waylonis.
They will vie for three seats held by incumbents also in the running: Jac Siegel, Margaret Abe-Koga and Mayor Ronit Bryant.
Jabbari, who at 20 years old is the youngest council candidate in memory, is a recent transplant from Laguna Beach, a University of California at Berkeley graduate and registered Democrat. A Google employee for the last six months, he works as an account manager in online sales. He says that being involved in his community is a natural part of being a resident for him.
As a member of the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning, he has attended several recent general plan meetings where the group's members have advocated for dense, centralized and transit-oriented development. But Jabbari stressed that the city's single family neighborhoods should remain preserved and unchanged. He appears to agree with the direction of the city's general plan update, which focuses redevelopment on "key areas" of the city.
Jabbari said his top two campaign issues will likely be responsible city budgeting and advocating for housing development that is affordable for the city's young tech workers, which would address the housing-jobs imbalance in Mountain View that some have been pointing out for years.
"Part of the way we could make up the budget deficit is through development, which will grow our economic tax base," Jabbari said. "Traditional housing development has sapped money" from the city because it is "expensive to get services to that sort of housing."
Jabbari said he supports building dense, non-subsidized housing in the city's "underutilized" industrial areas, including Google's North Bayshore neighborhood, where he would like to see enough housing to support a grocery store, among other services. That would "accommodate new, younger residents who need affordable housing while allowing families the quality of life and neighborhood they desire," he said.
As to the city budget, he said he doesn't believe that city workers, whose salaries are 80 percent of the city budget, are generally overpaid. But he does believe that there isn't enough return for the dollars spent on certain city services. A case in point, he believes that the city should not subsidize golf at the Shoreline Golf Links, which is losing nearly $ 1 million a year. He says the course should be made profitable, the property sold or the operations outsourced to a private firm.
The other Google employee, 43 year old libertarian Dan Waylonis, was briefly profiled by the Voice last month.
Greg David has yet to comment to the Voice about his candidacy, despite repeated phone calls. In an e-mail, he told another local newspaper that he wanted to make "common sense" decisions for residents and small businesses and that his priorities included private property and personal rights for residents. As a longtime resident, his family ran Eddy's sport shop on Castro Street for many years.
David has denied being a "pothead" on the Voice's Town Qquare forums, as his brother Brian has hoped to open the Shoreline Wellness Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Mountain View.
Planning Commission chair John McAlister said he was considering being a candidate last week, but decided against it. Likewise, wealthy pot club operator Matt Lucero announced Friday that he would not be running for Mountain View City Council this year, despite announcing his intention to run in several newspapers.
"My top priority continues to be helping the thousands of seriously ill residents of this community and, as such, I am putting my political aspirations aside and will not be running for political office this year," Lucero wrote in a press release about the new San Jose location of Buddy's Cannabis Patient Collective, which originally opened in Mountain View.