Ample community input is the cornerstone of any well-functioning democratic system. I am committing to host regular office hours and public town halls to not only hear from community members, but to also connect residents with city services—whether you need a pothole fixed, a traffic calming measure installed, or your trash picked up! I will strive to respond to every constituent inquiry as quickly as possible. I value your input.
I will also send regular email newsletters to update the community on the Council’s legislative agenda and achievements, as well as provide information on City events and happenings. Most importantly, my newsletters will provide timely information to the community so that everyone can have their voices heard and join in making progress.
Keeping Money out of Politics
United States founder James Madison stated in 1788 that legislators “ought to be dependent on the people alone.” Sadly, special interest money is corrupting every level of American politics.
In order to realize a more responsive government, we need to ensure that the public—and not corporate entities—is financing elections. On the Council, I will fight for a system where City candidates can easily opt out of taking special interest money.
Restrictions Around Lobbying
From first-hand experience, I know that working in government, either as an elected official or as a city staffer, can provide you with knowledge and connections that prove invaluable to special interests . On the Council, I would bring former and current city officials to the table with residents to discuss possible measures for increased transparency and impartiality.
Possible measures to discuss could include extending the time allowed between the conclusion of City Service and lobbying, prohibiting lobbyists from donating to candidates for office, or setting a cap on the value of gifts lobbyists can give to city elected officials and staff. These measures would help us operate ethically, and help build trust between our City Government and Cupertino residents.
Protecting our Privacy
As residents of Silicon Valley, we know first-hand how quickly technology is evolving. But we also know that federal and state privacy laws are outdated. For example, the smallest cities in California can now afford advanced license plate reader technology for parking enforcement without rigorous privacy safeguards. While these technologies are potentially beneficial, there is always a risk that they can infringe upon our community's civil liberties. I reject the notion that technology and privacy are not compatible; the right to privacy is one of the most important principles in the U.S. Constitution.
As your Councilmember, I will work to ensure that existing and new technology is compatible with our right to privacy. The County of Santa Clara was one of the first jurisdictions in the state to adopt this type of legislation, known as a Surveillance Technology Ordinance. Today, jurisdictions across the Bay Area are in the process of adopting their own.