Today’s Los Gatos – Cupertino Election Roundup


The town of Los Gatos is gearing up for its municipal election on Tuesday, November 8. Here are some of the notable items from the ballot.

Election of municipal councilors

Three members of the city council will be elected in November for a four-year term. Hot topics on the campaign trail include the city’s ongoing $4 million budget shortfall and the struggle to preserve the “historic charm” of Los Gatos.

Mary Badame

Mary Badame is a longtime resident of Los Gatos and has served on the planning commission since 2014. Focusing her platform on preserving the character of Los Gatos, she voted against overdevelopment and supports decision-making based on the plan general city and hill design standards and guidelines.

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Rob Rennie

Rob Rennie has served as a council member and mayor of Los Gatos for the past 8 years and has worked to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by implementing safe routes to schools, as well as a school bus pilot program . For the upcoming election, Rennie’s campaign is focused on fighting for local control to preserve architectural compatibility, view sheds and land use management.

Reza Tavana

Reza Tavana is currently Los Gatos Planning Commissioner and Sales Manager for an industrial products company running for city council.

Rob Stump

Rob Stump has lived in Los Gatos for over 50 years and is a business owner and community advocate. Stump is focusing his campaign on several issues ranging from the city’s financial deficit to preserving open space, affordable housing and the threat of wildfires.

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Marguerite Smith

Marguerite Smith has been an active member of the Los Gatos community for nearly 30 years as a planning commissioner, attorney and business owner. Smith’s top priorities as a candidate include managing the annual budget, anticipating and adapting to the changing demographics of Los Gatos, and protecting the historic character and charm of the city.

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Rob Moore

Rob Moore is a non-profit manager that focuses on building tiny homes, promoting environmental conservation, and managing government relations. Moore also serves on local boards and commissions and runs for city council to make the streets of Los Gato safer, create more affordable housing, support local businesses and protect the city’s natural environment.

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Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School School District Board of Trustees

Three seats will be filled this year on the LGHS District Board of Directors. The main issues range from student mental health to a shortage of teaching staff.

Steve Chen

Steve Chen has lived in Los Gatos for 29 years, is a math teacher at Los Gatos High School, and is the parent of three graduates of the Los Gatos-Saratoga school system. Before becoming a math teacher, Chen was responsible for high-tech sales and marketing. It aims to provide a balanced and informed perspective on all matters before the Board.

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Misty Davies

Misty Davies has a doctorate. from Stanford University and works as a project manager for a large engineering project. Davies has lived in Los Gatos for 16 years, is an active community volunteer, and received the Saratoga Union School District’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2018. Davies’ primary goals are to provide a comprehensive and comprehensive academic program for students , attracting and retaining exceptional teachers and staff, and maintaining the financial transparency of the District.

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David Guidry

David Guidry is a high-tech consultant and the current president and director of the Saratoga High School Foundation. As a candidate, Guidry’s top priorities are building financial strength in the face of rising pension costs, improving communication with parents and students, and ensuring student safety, high academic standards and socio-emotional development of students.

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Chris Miller

Chris Miller is an elected former member of the Los Gatos Union School District Board of Trustees (2004-2012) and currently teaches sophomores and juniors at a private high school. Miller focuses his campaign on the mental well-being of students, staff and faculty, school board communication, and teacher recruitment and retention.

Alex Schultz

Alex Schultz is a retired LGHS biology professor who serves on the LGHS District Board of Directors.

28e State Assembly District

California’s 28th Assembly District is in the southwest corner of Silicon Valley, which includes parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Liz Lawler

Lis Lawler is Better Streets Commissioner, former council member and mayor of Monte Sereno. Lawler runs to help students succeed, build needed homes, find real solutions to violence and homelessness, and address the mental health crisis.

Lawler’s endorsements include former US Congressman and former California Chief Financial Officer Tom Campbell, San Jose Councilman Dev Davis, former Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage and others.

Gaelle Pellerin

Gaelle Pellerin served as Santa Cruz County Elections Officer from 1993 until her retirement in December 2020. As County Clerk, Gail managed all elections held in the county and served as Civil Marriage Commissioner. Pellerin’s priorities include tackling housing shortages and homelessness, creating jobs, fighting climate change and fighting for equality.

by Pellerin endorsements include California U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, and former California State Assembly Speaker Willie L. Brown, Jr., among others.

US 16e Congress District

The United States 16th Congressional District (CD-16) includes portions of San Mateo, Santa Claraand santa cruz counties. Following a redistricting in 2022, the 16th arrondissement now largely replaces what was once the 18th arrondissement.

Anna Eshoo

Congressman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) is the current 18-year-old U.S. Representative from Californiae district, running for his 6th term in the role in the now 16e district. The two districts now largely overlap after redistricting in 2022. Eshoo previously served as San Mateo County Supervisor for 10 years and led the establishment of San Mateo’s health plan, tackled the AIDS crisis, preserved thousands of acres of open space and fought for and protected the most vulnerable citizens. Eshoo’s reelection campaign focuses on advocating for voting, LGBTQ+ and women’s rights, strengthening the economy, and working with state and local leaders.

Eshoo’s endorsements include US Congresswoman and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Governor Gavin Newsom, US Senator Dianne Feinstein and others.

Rishi Kumar

Rishi Kumar is a high-tech executive from Silicon Valley and a current member of the Saratoga City Council. Kumar focuses his campaign on reducing crime, fighting inflation, gas prices, defending Medicare for All and Pro-Choice legislation.

Mentions of Kumar include former Saratoga Mayor Stan Bogosian, former Assemblyman Kansen Chu and Monte Sereno Mayor Liz Lawler.

Business Licensing Modernization – Measure J

Measure J changes the city’s business license tax, which the city council says will help increase the city’s revenue. The tax, which has not been updated for 30 years, is used to generate revenue to find municipal services and infrastructure. Proponents say that in its current form, the tax does not take into account new business models like e-commerce and delivery services.

Vote YES to the 30% flat tax measure, 40% gross retail receipts tax and add e-commerce to manufacturing, wholesale and employment gross tax receipts – and increases it by 120%.

There has been no official argument against Measure J submitted to the Los Gatos City Council.

For more information on the J measurement, click on here.


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