Abe-Koga to run for El Camino district

City council member campaigns for a spot on local hospital board

It's still a month before candidates can pick up their nomination papers, but Margaret Abe-Koga is already booting up her campaign for a seat on the El Camino Hospital Healthcare District board.

Two seats on the district board are up for grabs this year. Both David Reeder and Patricia Einarson have terms that expire in December 2014, and while Reeder has not announced whether he will run for re-election, Einarson announced at a board meeting that she will leave the board when her term ends.

Abe-Koga has been on the Mountain View City Council since 2006, and served as vice mayor in 2008 and mayor in 2009. She's served in public office in Mountain View since 2000, starting as a a member of the Human Relations Commission. She has also served as various roles on the county Board of Education, as well as the vice-chair of the Valley Transportation Authority.

As a council member, Abe-Koga worked on the city's general plan update and in 2010, the council recognized Abe-Koga for building "health and wellness initiatives to promote healthy living in a healthy community," according to a resolution of appreciation she received. Her campaign website says that she helped institute health and wellness programs for city employees and the greater community.

During her time on the Local Area Formation Commission, or LAFCo, Abe-Koga said she and the commission worked as an oversight body for the El Camino Healthcare District that put out a "service review" for district improvements. She said at that time, there was a lot of confusion between the healthcare district and the hospital, which has its own hospital board made up of the same members as the district board. The healthcare district didn't even have its own website, which further added to the confusion.

Abe-Koga recommended that the district become more transparent in its actions, better explain to the public what the taxpayer-funded healthcare district does and where its money goes.

Abe-Koga said since the recommendation, the district has done a good job alleviating the problems, but the board has to keep improving its accessibility and transparency.

"I think it's important to be accessible and listen to what people have to say, and provide services that reflect the needs of the community," Abe-Koga said.

Abe-Koga will have a campaign kickoff event Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at Stein's Beer Garden with State Sen. Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Rich Gordon.


Posted by Looking closer, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

Here's a good campaign blerb she can use:

"If you're happy with how the Council has changed MV over the past few years, wait until you see what I can do to your hospital!"

Posted by sarah, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Margaret Abe Koga is an intelligent and compassionate woman, and is not afraid to make decisions based on her deep and comprehensive understanding of issues rather than fads and fashions. She is an excellent candidate. Thank you Margaret for running.

Posted by Transparent, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Margaret Abe Koga is a "Career Politician".

Posted by Greg, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 20, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Given the hospital district's recent labor struggles, the article really should mention that Abe-Koga is heavily supported by organized labor.

A reasonable view is that SBLC is trying to get a hospital board more likely to agree to union demands during future labor disputes.

It certainly isn't about whether the board has a web site.

Posted by Marti , a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Jun 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Thank You, Margaret for running... you will bring a lot of experience and knowledge to the board.

Posted by Likely Voter, a resident of Gemello
on Jun 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Thanks Greg. I don't want to see our hospital crippled by unsustainable union demands.

Posted by Old timer, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Will she hold two positions or have to give up present seat in MV?

Posted by Career Politicians, Inc., a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Some career politicians will run for any office they think they can land and seek appointment to any number of boards and commissions. Look how high Leland Yee got.

Posted by Career Politicians, Inc., a resident of Waverly Park
on Jun 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm

Career politicians never seem to go away - until they go to prison.

Posted by George, a resident of Rex Manor
on Jun 20, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Gee... what a surprise.... Sally Leiber, and others... City Council as a sspringboard to higher office...

God Gosh Sakes.... enjoy your brief days in the sun and let others move in...

Your vision is seen by all....

Bye George

Posted by Career Politicians, Inc., a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Career politicians will run for whatever position is available.

Posted by Career Politicians, Inc., a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 20, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Career politicians will run for any available seat. They need to sit. They can't stand to be out of office.

Posted by JJ, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 20, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I wish there were more career politicians with integrity and heart and brain like Abe Koga.

Posted by Jes' Sayin', a resident of Bailey Park
on Jun 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

I would much liefer have an experienced hand like Jerry Brown or Margaret run for office than a neophyte like Schwarzenegger who has no idea what he's doing (and as a consequence gets nothing done for 8 years).

Posted by Thanks Margaret!, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 22, 2014 at 8:48 am

Career politician?! How about calling her a dedicated public servant instead? Who would dedicate the time, heart, and energy and subjecting themselves to public ridicule and make $600/month but some one who really cares about Mountain View and is willing to work hard hot it. You may not agree with all of Margaret's opinions,but she and all of our Councilmembers deserve our respect and gratitude.

Good Luck Margaret in your campaign for El Camino district board. Thanks for your service to Mountain View.

Posted by I'll look at the information, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 23, 2014 at 7:31 am

Do we have a report on where this person gets her campaign financing? She always seems to out spend her opponents so obviously she has the backing of some group or groups and I would think those groups would expect something in return. This is how it works at every level of government, and the longer the career politicians stay in office, the more adept they become at playing this game of getting money, then returning favors, getting more money for the next "career" position.

Posted by We'll be looking at the history, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 25, 2014 at 9:07 am

Yes, exactly WHO is footing the bill for all those fanc y signs she always comes up with. I keep hearing about her dedicated service on the council, then I read how a surprising number of people are FED UP with the city council and its decisions
I say if you have a cancer cell, do not let it infect other areas of the body.
We will not be beholden to certain groups just because Margaret chooses to take lots of money from them to support their causes.
I say its time for fresh people and fresh ideas. Margaret sits on one of the most unpopular councils in recent history, now she wants to take the same to our hospitals?!?! Uh-uh. Its time for some fresh air in this town.

Posted by Career Politicians, Inc., a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 4, 2014 at 12:18 am

Politicians generally want to scare off any competition and run unopposed.

Posted by Career Politicians, Inc., a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 4, 2014 at 12:22 am

Scare off any other potential candidates and win by default. That is the plan.

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