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News - July 23, 2010

Google engineer plans run for council

Longtime MV resident said to be a libertarian and inventor

by Daniel DeBolt

With Google now established as the city's largest employer, the 2010 City Council election will be the first with a Google employee as a candidate.

Dan Waylonis, a senior software engineer at Google, has decided to enter the race after living in Mountain View for 17 years.

Perhaps fitting for an employee of the world's most popular internet search engine, one of Waylonis' goals is to make sure that city documents are "easily searched and indexed," he said in an e-mail. "I was shocked to discover that the 2011 budget was formatted in a manner that inhibited searching."

On their personal website, his girlfriend Assana describes Dan as: "unmarried, libertarian, inventor of 'danning' (to sit around and do nothing). Senior Software Engineer at Google, Mac Division. Writes screensavers for fun."

Waylonis asked to be interviewed by e-mail on Monday, later explaining that he was busy on deadline at work. In response to questions about what issues he would focus on in his campaign, he said that the sustainability of the city's budget was key, as well as ensuring that the city's businesses thrive.

"I'd like to review existing laws (personal and business) to see if they still make sense, and if not, make decisions to increase the freedom of citizens and businesses," he wrote.

To describe his political philosophy, he quoted the motto of the libertarian Reason Magazine, "free minds and free markets."

Waylonis calls it being "fiscally responsible and socially accepting."

Waylonis was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1966 and earned his master's degree in computer science at Ohio State University in 1991. His resume includes stints at Adobe, Inc. and Apple, Inc.

While Waylonis has had no real experience being involved in city government, he says he's "always had an opinion" about what he's read in the newspaper and wants to "put his money where his mouth is." He added that he's held several offices in his homeowners association on the 400 block of Stierlin Road.

"I could provide a rational, objective and data-based decision-making mindset to the council," Waylonis wrote. "I'd like to help promote an evaluation approach that would estimate the cost-benefit for each council action for the long term. I'm concerned that often 'hard' decisions are deferred until later. One such example of this is the unfunded pension and health benefits for public employees."

In recent years Mountain View has created a tradition of keeping council campaign expenditures low. Waylonis said he would comply with this year's "Voluntary Expenditure Limit" of $20,159.

"I'm hoping to 'get the word out' inexpensively, either electronically or through volunteers," he said in an e-mail.

His campaign website is at

E-mail Daniel DeBolt at


Posted by Henri, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm

[Post removed due to offensive language]

Posted by tnediseR VM, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Henri I feel awful that your personal experiences have built up uncontrollable behavior but slandering a potential candidate just for being caucasian is inappropriate and absurd.
Do you also realize that the police chief is Hispanic?
Perhaps spelling had something to do with you not being hired.
Small minded people still reside in Mountain View (The Heart of the Silicon Valley), amazing.
Ive always been a huge fan of Google and I have come to love them even more every year since they established themselves here.
Some of the worlds most brilliant minds work and live in Mountain View, how appropriate.
I heard he intends on creating an online digital database which will allow all of us to see where every penny of the 100 million dollar budget is being spent.
I look forward to finding out more about Mr. Waylonis.

Posted by Pele, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Anything is better than the current housewives running our city.

Posted by Janil, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jul 25, 2010 at 10:22 am

I read what henri wrote and I do not know the Police chief, but I'v been stopped by the Mountain View Police at least 10 times only this year. They always tell me that is routine, I wrote a letter to the City and to the chief about it , but I have not gotten any reply yet. So, it makes me think maybe because, I am from another country and I do not have a good english spelling or I do not look like an American the police are targeting me. I feel like I'v been discriminated. Also, I work at google and I can tell that if you work as a contractor you are treated like nobody in this company. So I have to agree with what henri stated...

Posted by R, a resident of Whisman Station
on Jul 25, 2010 at 11:25 am

As a lifelong Hispanic Mountain View resident (shaved head and goatee, as well, stereotypical much?), I have only been pulled over once by a officer of the MVPD. Even then, it was due to my own reckless driving. Never have I felt the victim of racial profiling in my hometown. The Palo Alto Police Department on the other hand...

Posted by Tomas, a resident of Castro City
on Jul 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Well since this has become a police issue I have this to share. I also have been stopped by MVPD a few times for no reason. I was stopped by the same officer three times in a row. I always asked the reason why was i been stopped and he always said that it was routine. The last time I asked for his badge number and his name. He asked why? I said that I was going to make a complain about him, because it turned into a harassment. He said that" don't need I will call my supervisor so you can talk to him" The supervisor came and did not help me at all the only thing they did was to laughed at me. I don't know if the officers were racist or not, I'm from Jamaica and maybe that could be the reason, cause you know strong English accent and the color, but who knows...

Posted by Marcell, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Hi Tomas
I also got pullover by Mountain View PD for an unbelievable reason! I was driving to the dog park at Shoreline and got stopped. I was driving in the speed limits , had my belt on and everything in my car was legal , I had no problem. I asked the Officer " What did I do?" He said that the reason was! I had my 4 months old dog in the front seat without the belt on and the 4 months old puppie could jump on me and I could easily lose control of the vehicle. He gave a citation for it. I could not believed it, so I talked with a Santa Clara PD Officer who I know and he said this words" That was the stupidest reason He ever heard" and I should take the matter to the court and I did it. When the judge asked what happened, I told Her and She said "GOD have mercy" and dismissed the citation... I am also from another country" and in my case would not say it was a discriminatory issue, but just a Super Cop trying to be bully, but about it MVPD thumbs down..

Posted by Forest, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Folks always remember cops always gonna be cops bad or good racist or not racist good chief bad chief like or not it is what it is! I have a friend who has been a cop in Mountain View for many years and my friend told me that the old chief was more friendly and more open minded than the one who is in charge now. Be cool folks and peace out...

Posted by jupiterk, a resident of Gemello
on Jul 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I would like to see someone who is outraged by the excessive compensation of city employees like the city manager,attorney,librarian(s) and the overtime pay of many of the police and fire fighters. Most of the city council acts like a rubber stamp with absolutely no common sense or outrage with respect to the greed in our soceity. I also would like to see these loan programs stopped to some special employees. Women are no more better than men when it comes to governing. power corrupts both genders equally.

Posted by PeaceLove, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 27, 2010 at 2:00 am

Apparently, Mr. Waylonis is aware of the high compensation of certain city employees: Web Link

Posted by Pele, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 27, 2010 at 7:19 am

I just hope he supports medical marijuana. That's all I care about in my city council.

Posted by PeaceLove, a resident of Shoreline West
on Jul 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm


Mr. Waylonis is also a supporter of patients' rights: Web Link

Posted by Du H, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 12, 2010 at 8:31 am

If you look suspicious you get pulled over for da dumb things. Seat belt, cell phone, dog on lap... turn signal, busted tail lamp....

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