It has been an honor to serve on the Mountain View City Council for the past 3.5 years. My term expires at the end of 2020 and I am running for re-election so that I can continue to serve the community for another 4 years.
Mountain View is a great place to live and I am proud to have called it home for over 20 years. Long-time residents and newer members of our community moved to Mountain View for a reason, and I’ve kept those reasons top of mind while serving on the City Council.
We are heading into a challenging time as we take on recovery from the pandemic and work to address racial inequality and social justice in our community. Many of our residents and small businesses are in precarious positions. Many policies and procedures of City government need to be revisited. The Council needs to revisit our goals and priorities.
Mountain View is the heart of Silicon Valley. We’ve had a booming economy and a lively downtown and we need to focus on doing what we can to get back to that enviable state. The City has been on the forefront of many activities including being a founding member of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, significant investing in sustainability, providing a free community shuttle, rezoning property to allow substantial new housing, setting aggressive affordable housing requirements, and enacting strong tenant protections, to name a few.
We can continue to lead the region by putting policies and programs in place to try to lessen the impact that the novel coronavirus has had on our residents and our beloved small businesses. We can also continue to lead by revisiting policies and procedures within our City departments, including the Police department, to address racial inequality and social justice. Importantly, we need to re-examine how the City works with other jurisdictions on social services such as mental health and homelessness which currently fall within the County’s jurisdiction and budget.
Over the past 3.5 years, the City Council has discussed a broad range of topics and tackled many tough issues. Throughout this time, I have met with many residents and have carefully listened to their perspectives and concerns. It is clear that residents love their neighborhoods and Mountain View, and want to preserve the character and diversity of our City. Residents want to invest in sustainability and reach our carbon emission reduction goals. They also want to address quality-of-life issues.
I am running for re-election to the City Council because I share these perspectives and concerns and am passionate about having Mountain View be a great place to live. I want to help residents and small businesses get to a new normal, one where residents and businesses thrive. I want to address racial inequality and social justice and I want to help make our quality of life better. I have a heartfelt desire to help our community.
Summary of Priorities (See Priorities page for more information)
The City Council establishes goals, and defines projects to support those goals, every two years. Given the impact of the novel coronavirus on the City’s financials, resources for discretionary projects to support Council’s goals is likely limited. We need City staff to focus on recovering from the pandemic by changing the City’s systems, processes, and perhaps policies to support a new way of doing the City’s business. We also need City staff to focus on helping residents and small businesses get on a path to recovery from the pandemic.
My near-term priorities are:
- Maintain structurally balanced budgets
- Help residents and small businesses recover from the pandemic
- Make policy, process, and system improvements to city operations
- Safely provide a broad range of high-quality services to the community
Additional priorities are:
- Require complete neighborhoods in North Bayshore and East Whisman where substantial new housing can be built
- Continue to support expansion of the free community shuttle, trails, and bicycle infrastructure to schools and major employment areas
- Keep the Sustainability Action Plan on track in order to meet our carbon emission reduction goals
- Complete the update of the Downtown Precise Plan that is focused on the historic area
- Continue to advocate for protecting and enhancing the natural environment, especially in the North Bayshore area
I have the time and energy to devote to the important job of continuing to be a member of the City Council. I will work hard to earn your vote and will actively listen to the residents and businesses now and in the future. I humbly ask for your vote.
Paid for by Re-elect Matichak for City Council 2020, FPPC ID #1386899