Vision for Mountain View

I’ve spent years contributing to our City of Mountain View as a community volunteer, public policy professional, and Environmental Planning Commissioner including Chair and Vice Chair. I’ve worked to ensure that as we change and grow, Mountain View maintains its unique character, diversity, and high quality of life.

As a third generation Mountain View resident and granddaughter and daughter of small business owners in the City, I understand and love this community. Mountain View has been a welcoming place for families, including my own. I want that spirit to endure for all of our children and residents. My goal is to make sure everyone can thrive in our community.

I will be the strong, collaborative and innovative leader Mountain View deserves as we tackle challenges. I will bring my track record of listening, respect for all opinions, and pragmatic consensus building to Council and will encourage residents to participate in the process.

Please email me at: ellen@ellenkamei.com to share your vision for Mountain View with me.

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Below are my thoughts and ideas on several topics facing Mountain View. 

Housing:

● Increase variety by exploring new types of housing such as microunits and partnering with for-profit and affordable housing developers as well as our school districts.
● Create innovative programs for first-time home buyers such as a subsidized down payment program for middle income residents who cannot qualify for other regional programs
● Streamline the development approval process for ownership housing on small parcels
● Expand opportunities for transit oriented development in areas where it has worked such as along El Camino Real
● Infrastructure in lock step with housing so that new development fits in with existing neighborhoods
● Enabling a multifamily residential community in the North Bayshore that will be a part of complete neighborhood
● Collaboration to generate teacher housing

Transportation:
● Improve Mountain View’s infrastructure by getting projects shovel-ready to be able to take advantage of state and regional funding as it becomes available, such as Santa Clara County Measure B transportation funds
● Decrease traffic congestion by building out our multi-modal transportation network to support pedestrians, bicyclists, light rail, CalTrain, and autonomous vehicles
● Expand our free community shuttle and looks for ways to partner with other intracity transit programs such as MVGo
● Smart growth to create walkable/bikeable communities
● Expand existing bicycle and pedestrian networks throughout the City to make it easier to get around

Public Safety:
● Empower our police, firefighters, and first responders with the appropriate policies, resources, and training they need to keep Mountain View safe
● Rebuild the police and fire administrative building to a state of the art facility
● Support competitive and diverse recruitment for current vacancies
● Provide wraparound services and move individuals into permanent stable housing through safe parking programs like “Lots of Love”
● Address health and safety concerns for vehicle dwellers through policy like an oversized vehicle parking ordinance or city parking permit program

Quality of Life:
● Support more open street events for residents that are community-based like “Thursday Night Live” and the “Spring Family Parade”
● Take a keen eye to development projects to ensure they are aesthetically attractive and positive additions to existing neighborhoods
● Look for opportunities to build more parks of all sizes in new developments and new neighborhoods

Environmental Sustainability:
● Approach each development and project through a lens of sustainability to create energy efficiencies, and encourage recycling, including water
● Create a sustainable environment in the City by taking into account recommendations such as those in the Environmental Sustainability Task Force 2
● Reduce our GHG emissions through short term and long term community-wide actions to create a sustainable environment

City Services:
● Continue the City excellent financial standing with its AAA credit rating, ample reserves and minimized debt.
● Maintain service levels as the City grows
● Shore up staffing by supporting efforts to fill current vacancies at City Hall to ensure Mountain View has the resources necessary to produce timely and transparent responses to residential concerns

Seniors
● Expanding transit options for seniors including the Community Shuttle routes
● Ensure seniors are able to age in place


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