To all of my dear Los Altos neighbors:
THANK YOU for your vote. I am honored and touched that so many of my friends and neighbors have entrusted me with the responsibility to represent them on the City Council. I look forward to working with my colleagues, residents, staff, business owners, and propery owners to make our City a wonderful place for us all.
Stop Sign Vandalism!
Defacing Los Altos city council candidates’ signs is shocking and cannot be condoned. Our City and its residents are better than this.
An article was published in the Daily Post on Oct. 21 about fellow candidates’ signs being defaced with stickers. The Town Crier published a similar article online. This behavior is wrong, undemocratic, and criminal. IT HAS TO STOP NOW.
VOTE FOR JONATHAN Weinberg
Los Altos is a fantastic city.
I’m proud to call Los Altos my home. My family and I have lived here since 2009. The City offers its residents wonderful resources, from the beautiful fields at Grant Park to the new community center under construction at Hillview. Our City has senior centers, sports fields, undeveloped open space, public art, a lovely downtown, local museums and libraries.
Unfortunately, what we lack is wise leadership.
Wise leaders identify challenges; solicit input from residents, city commissioners, professional staff, experts, and other stakeholders; and develop a strategy to achieve the best outcome possible for the entire City today and in the future. All too often, our current City Council has failed to lead with wisdom.
Instead of solving problems, our City Council is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on litigation. Instead of meeting our legal obligations on issues like affordable housing, our City Council allowed state law to supersede our local building ordinances. Instead of collaborating with its own appointed commissioners, our City Council is often disregarding and ignoring their guidance.
This needs to stop.
The citizens of Los Altos have a right to know that our elected representatives are setting priorities and making decisions through a fair process that is data-driven, tempered by empathy, is legal, and takes into account the needs and desires of our entire community.
As your representative on City Council, I will approach the challenges facing Los Altos with integrity, honesty and commitment.
Jonathan’s Priorities for Los Altos
- Fiscal responsibility: Work with residents and the Finance Commission to understand funding priorities especially in light of the economic uncertainty imposed by COVID-19. My top three budgeting priorities are: Public safety, infrastructure and investment in civic life.
- Control litigation: Establish a litigation budget and put potential liabilities on the City’s books for transparency. Be honest with residents about the benefits and dangers of litigation. As a lawyer, I know how to evaluate the merits of a lawsuit.
- Leadership and Civil Discourse: Restore decorum and respect to political discussion in Los Altos. Actively listen to all points of view and be honest about what the City can and cannot do.
- Social Justice: Fund the police department to keep us safe but hold them accountable. Collaborate with the police and residents to improve the level of services and foster trust.
- Environment and Emergency Preparedness: Prepare the community for natural and human-made disasters. Invest in environmental infrastructure and encourage the community to take action to fight climate change.
- Parks and City Facilities: Protect, improve and look for opportunities to expand parks, open spaces and community facilities and programs to meet the needs of all residents including seniors, those with physical limitations, young families and our youth.
- Safe Streets and Mobility: Safe, well-maintained streets for residents of all ages to walk. Collaborate with neighboring cities and local businesses to explore ways to increase mobility for seniors and youth, and consider a community shuttle .
- Fair City Processes and Objective Standards: Follow best government practices to implement objective city ordinances and processes to provide clarity and consistency. Govern and make decisions consistent with local, state and Federal law.
- Housing: Adopt clear and objective development standards to achieve consistency throughout the review process. Make good faith efforts to meet legal obligations to provide housing for all income levels helping our community thrive.
- Local Businesses: Support, collaborate, and partner with Los Altos’ small business community to protect jobs and to provide needed services for residents.