Three challengers confirm council candidacy


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.


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Posted by BD
a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Let the record show that Greg David has never smoked marijuana, not that there is anything wrong with that. Having two older brothers and an older sister to test the trials and tribulations of youth for him, he never needed to try it growing up.
Just because his brother chooses to provide Safe and Affordable Access to Medical Cannabis in Mountain View should have no bearing on HIS ability to perform the duties of a city councilperson. Thanks for supporting him on his quest to become the "peoples" choice.
Best Regards,
Brian David
Executive Director
Shoreline Wellness Collective
PO Box 352
Mountain View, CA 94042

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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Mountain view city council has done a very poor job when it comes to ethics and salaries,pensions,overtime pays,travel expenses,interest free loands to buy homes,etc... I don't think any of the current member to be a ethically right person. I don't plan to vote for any of these persons Unless I hear from them how they are going stop this overtime pay abuse, pensions,high salaries of the city mananger,attorney,etc..
I think the culture of corruption will just continue as long as the people are ignorant and oblivious to what is happening in this city.

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Posted by Project Anti-Ignorance
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 10, 2010 at 7:06 am

Re Jupiterk:

I assume that you speak of Mountain view and if so, I challenge you to give any evidence of your so "culture of corruption" at Mountain View. Until ignorant people like you actually get the facts (or at least explain your silly, silly statements), it is all merely mumbo-jumbo, sensationalized, McCarthyism style writing in an attempt to stir up resentment.

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Posted by Clyde
a resident of Whisman Station
on Aug 10, 2010 at 9:39 am

Check out the following links for fighting ignorance. Next thing you know, you'll be telling us all how the city and state is not going bankrupt due to insider deals in local and state government.

Web Link

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Posted by Project Anti-Ignorance
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 10, 2010 at 10:39 am

Re: Clyde
I already red those articles. Again, where is the so called "corruption"? Instead of throwing blanket links, please offer some substance.

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Posted by Rachel
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Aug 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I tend to agree that there is no evidence of corruption in these articles, nor have I heard solid evidence for it elsewhere. Our city's public employee salaries seem to be generally consistent with other comparable cities in our area. If these salaries are objectionable to you, what do you think would be more appropriate? Maybe it would be informative if we knew more about the day-to-day activities of these officials since most of us probably only think of them sitting with taciturn faces at City Council Meetings.

I found the following comment in the linked article interesting: "Running a small city can be more difficult in some respects," (--Steven Frates, director of research at the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy). I wonder why?

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Posted by Jarrett
a resident of Castro City
on Aug 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm

While the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning (MVCSP) advocates for denser development around transit stations and commercial nodes, we believe single family neighborhoods are an integral part of Mountain View and should remain as-is.

Member of MVCSP

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Posted by TenYearsInMV
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 11, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I've lived in Mountain View for ten years and have been active in city issues. I've worked directly with the City Staff on several occasions. I find them to be hard working and professional. While I envy their retirement benefits, I don't think they are grossly overpaid. They benefit from having a union that fights for them -- I wish I had that in the corporate world where upper management has increasingly taken all the benefits for themselves, making 100s or 1000s of times the average employee. While at the same time corporate taxes have continued to shrink as a percentage of state revenue.

To say that the City Council is overpaid or corrupt is also wrong. They work huge numbers of hours for very little compensation and, in my experience, try to make decisions that they believe to be best for the community. I don't always agree with the majority, but that's democracy. However, I look forward to hearing specifics from the new candidates about what issues they would decide differently. "Bringing common sense" won't cut it for me.

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Posted by Don Kensil
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I notice quite a few commentators remarking about corruption which may or may not be a fact. My question is: If there is corruption, why hasn't the "Mountain View Voice" been reporting it? In my view, the paper assumes a typical "boosterism" approach to current events, with little muckraking or controversy.

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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 11, 2010 at 10:56 pm

+1, TenYears.

During the past decade that I've lived here, I've found Mountain View city government to be surprisingly professional and competent, as compared to some of its peers in the Bay Area. I don't always agree with their policies or decisions, but their ethics and approach to City matters is transparent.

Mountain View excels in being diverse and holding a balance between often times competing interests. That's not an easy job to navigate. And yet, we have a vibrant downtown, wonderful performing arts, high real estate values, good schools, and numerous top and emerging companies that show grow current growth and future potential. Not too shabby.

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Posted by Ming
a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 24, 2010 at 11:13 pm

We are lucky to have Google as part of our tax base, and the Council is so proud about a balanced budget. It reminds me of the good days of California when the government and the unions feel they could just spend the State away without even being noticed. Well, the State is in such a bad financial shape, and yet the unions refuse to their part to share the pain that all private sector works are feeling, and yet at the cost of our tax payers. This could happen to this city, unless put an end to the outrageous compensation they are receiving on our money.

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