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Vice Mayor Alison Hicks to seek a second term

Vice Mayor Alison Hicks will seek a second term on Mountain View City Council. Courtesy Alison Hicks.

A city planner by trade, Mountain View Vice Mayor Alison Hicks said her career background helped shape her work so far on City Council. As the end of her first term draws near, Hicks announced Tuesday that she’s running for reelection this November.

“We’re in the heart of Silicon Valley. We’re definitely growing, and I think we kind of need to get a handle on that and make sure that we are becoming the kind of place we want to be,” Hicks said. “I think that having a planning background has been really helpful.”

Looking ahead at the next four years, Hicks said there’s a number of big issues that have come to a head over the past several years that she plans to tackle if reelected.

“One of them is the climate crisis,” said Hicks, who serves as the chair of the council’s Sustainability Committee. “We’re looking at accelerating our climate neutrality goals, along with other cities around us. Fighting climate change is not a race, it’s something you do together. I think we’re at a point in time where we can both take reasonable steps to cut our city’s carbon footprint, and yet ambitious steps at the same time.”

As the city continues to grow, Hicks said another top priority for her is adding parks and open space. Since the pandemic started, she said there’s been a big call from the community for more places to recreate outdoors.

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“I have a neighbor who grew up here in the '20s and '30s, and he said there was no reason for parks at that time: If you needed green space, you could just go walk in an orchard,” Hicks said. Because of development, “We’re really not in that space anymore.”

Improving the city’s recreational spaces comes in lots of different forms, Hicks said: everything from building more tennis and pickleball courts, to adding dog parks, to planting more trees on neighborhood streets to make running and walking more pleasant. She’s also in support of creating a pedestrian mall on the first three blocks of Castro Street, which would make permanent the temporary car-free program the city’s had in place there since June 2020.

As the city looks to expand its spaces for people to get outdoors and recreate, bicycle and pedestrian safety is also a priority for Hicks. She said it’s always been an issue for the city, but following the tragic death of Graham Middle School student Andre Retana earlier this year, bicycle safety in particular has become top of mind for the community.

“Our Safe Routes to School programming, I think there are a number of community groups and individuals working on that that we need to listen to, and I think there are model programs in cities around us that we can learn a little from. We also have some great staff working on this,” Hicks said. “So I think that’s an area we can work on and improve greatly.”

After helping get the city through the pandemic over the past two years alongside her fellow council members, Hicks said she’s proud of what the council accomplished. The city’s healthy budget and diversity of income sources, she said, was a big reason the council was able to do everything it did, and Hicks hopes to have the opportunity to continue that work in a second term.

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“We set up three separate funds to help people who were struggling through the possibility of eviction and other problems related to losing their jobs because of the pandemic,” Hicks said. “We were able to help our lower income population in ways that some other cities were not. The community really came forward.”

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Vice Mayor Alison Hicks to seek a second term

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Uploaded: Wed, Jul 6, 2022, 1:03 pm

A city planner by trade, Mountain View Vice Mayor Alison Hicks said her career background helped shape her work so far on City Council. As the end of her first term draws near, Hicks announced Tuesday that she’s running for reelection this November.

“We’re in the heart of Silicon Valley. We’re definitely growing, and I think we kind of need to get a handle on that and make sure that we are becoming the kind of place we want to be,” Hicks said. “I think that having a planning background has been really helpful.”

Looking ahead at the next four years, Hicks said there’s a number of big issues that have come to a head over the past several years that she plans to tackle if reelected.

“One of them is the climate crisis,” said Hicks, who serves as the chair of the council’s Sustainability Committee. “We’re looking at accelerating our climate neutrality goals, along with other cities around us. Fighting climate change is not a race, it’s something you do together. I think we’re at a point in time where we can both take reasonable steps to cut our city’s carbon footprint, and yet ambitious steps at the same time.”

As the city continues to grow, Hicks said another top priority for her is adding parks and open space. Since the pandemic started, she said there’s been a big call from the community for more places to recreate outdoors.

“I have a neighbor who grew up here in the '20s and '30s, and he said there was no reason for parks at that time: If you needed green space, you could just go walk in an orchard,” Hicks said. Because of development, “We’re really not in that space anymore.”

Improving the city’s recreational spaces comes in lots of different forms, Hicks said: everything from building more tennis and pickleball courts, to adding dog parks, to planting more trees on neighborhood streets to make running and walking more pleasant. She’s also in support of creating a pedestrian mall on the first three blocks of Castro Street, which would make permanent the temporary car-free program the city’s had in place there since June 2020.

As the city looks to expand its spaces for people to get outdoors and recreate, bicycle and pedestrian safety is also a priority for Hicks. She said it’s always been an issue for the city, but following the tragic death of Graham Middle School student Andre Retana earlier this year, bicycle safety in particular has become top of mind for the community.

“Our Safe Routes to School programming, I think there are a number of community groups and individuals working on that that we need to listen to, and I think there are model programs in cities around us that we can learn a little from. We also have some great staff working on this,” Hicks said. “So I think that’s an area we can work on and improve greatly.”

After helping get the city through the pandemic over the past two years alongside her fellow council members, Hicks said she’s proud of what the council accomplished. The city’s healthy budget and diversity of income sources, she said, was a big reason the council was able to do everything it did, and Hicks hopes to have the opportunity to continue that work in a second term.

“We set up three separate funds to help people who were struggling through the possibility of eviction and other problems related to losing their jobs because of the pandemic,” Hicks said. “We were able to help our lower income population in ways that some other cities were not. The community really came forward.”

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Mtn View Mom
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:03 pm
Mtn View Mom, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:03 pm

It’s great to hear about Alison’s priority to improve our public spaces and make MV a more pleasant place to live, play, and get around! While we are building and growing, greening our city will make MV more sustainable and liveable.

I agree that MV must and can do better on Safe Routes to School. Only with the support of officials like Alison who listen to the community and keep steadfast commitment, can we make positive changes to streets, education and public sentiment that will make a difference.


Concerned
Registered user
Sylvan Park
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:17 pm
Concerned, Sylvan Park
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:17 pm

She has my vote only if:
- the RV ban is enforced prior to the election
- she works to have more homeowners in the city. While I welcome renters many of the tech workers are just passing through and not building community.


Kathy Fisher
Registered user
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:17 pm
Kathy Fisher, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:17 pm

I live in Bentley Square off of Grant Road. A community of 52 homes. I would like to know what Ms. Hicks believes we should do about the RV ban. It was passed by MV voters twice, but has been moved from enforcement on July 4 to August or September ( I don't recall details). Signs have been placed on streets for many of millions of dollars, and yet it hasn't been enforced.
What is her stance on this?
Thank you!
Kathy Fisher


Kal Sandhu
Registered user
Castro City
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:19 pm
Kal Sandhu, Castro City
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:19 pm

Great first term indeed. Wasn't easy during the pandemic but we all managed to pull through together.
Alison has been a great addition to the City Council and has my vote for a second term.


MV neighbor
Registered user
Old Mountain View
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:21 pm
MV neighbor, Old Mountain View
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 3:21 pm

I wonder how her 2019 vote against the oversized vehicle/narrow streets ban will impact her re-election campaign or whether it will be highlighted in her campaign? No mention of it here…given the voters later approved the ban by wide margin, would seem a relevant issue.


Seth Neumann
Registered user
Waverly Park
on Jul 6, 2022 at 4:12 pm
Seth Neumann, Waverly Park
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 4:12 pm

can't say I'm thrilled about oversized vehicles on the streets. I'm very concerned about her opposition to enforcing the ban. How does she propose to extract revenue from the absentee "RV-lords" to pay for services for the RV dwellers?

I'm also opposed to more growth, especially of office space, more offices means more good jobs which means more competition for housing. Let's ask any would-be employers to justify why the jobs they want to create need to be done here?


longtime homeowner
Registered user
Blossom Valley
on Jul 6, 2022 at 4:28 pm
longtime homeowner, Blossom Valley
Registered user
on Jul 6, 2022 at 4:28 pm

Excited to have Alison run again! I'm glad we have at least one candidate running that understands what GOOD growth looks like

Personally I don't think anyone running so far is to blame for the RV enforcement. I know Alison voted to confirm the acceptance of Measure C along with everyone on council.

There is a lawsuit working through the courts that is holding up the implementation. I think we need to let the process play out before trying to put someone else in who might try to undo the will of the voters


bkengland
Registered user
Whisman Station
on Jul 7, 2022 at 12:07 pm
bkengland, Whisman Station
Registered user
on Jul 7, 2022 at 12:07 pm

Two very important aspects of serving on City Council are 1) considering the city comprehensively and intelligently seeking the best compromises among competing priorities with the overall goal of establishing a Mountain View that works for everyone here as much as possible. And 2) listening to all in the community, considering that input, and providing feedback along the way, which helps ensure that constituents can know they are being heard. Alison absolutely does these things excendingly well in my opinion. I personally feel I'm able to accomplish much of what I seek to do in our community largely through the long-running collaboration and support I realize through partnering with Alison.


Nora S.
Registered user
Rex Manor
on Jul 9, 2022 at 2:06 am
Nora S., Rex Manor
Registered user
on Jul 9, 2022 at 2:06 am

Even if you do puff pieces on all of the candidates for a race, they are still puff pieces. Please stop this practice. It is not good journalism.


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