Mountain View Voice

News - August 13, 2010

Six to vie for three council slots

Siegel, Abe-Koga, Bryant will face three challengers, two from Google

by Daniel DeBolt

With a last minute entrant and a withdrawal, there are now six confirmed candidates in this year's City Council election, two of whom work for Google.

Acting City Clerk Wanda Wong said three challengers had filed papers to run for the three open City Council seats before last week's deadline: longtime resident Greg David and Google employees Aaron Jabbari and Dan Waylonis.

They will vie for three seats held by incumbents Jac Siegel, Margaret Abe-Koga and Mayor Ronit Bryant, who all are seeking a second term.

Jabbari, who is the youngest council candidate in memory at 20 years old, is an online sales account manager at Google from Laguna Beach. See page 9 for the Voice's story on Jabbari.

The other Google employee, 44-year-old libertarian and software engineer Dan Waylonis, was [http://www.mv-voice.com/news/show_story.php?id=3132 profiled by the Voice last month].

As for Greg David, he has yet to comment to the VoiceVoice about his candidacy. 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. David is a longtime resident whose family ran Eddy's sport shop on Castro Street for many years.

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 [http://www.mv-voice.com/news/show_story.php?id=3106 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 location of the Buddy's Cannabis Patient Collective, which originally opened in Mountain View.

E-mail Daniel DeBolt at ddebolt@mv-voice.com

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