Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

After four years serving Palo Alto as a City Council member and mayor, my passion for our special community is as strong as ever.

In my first term on the Council, while the city faced a severe economic downturn, I led by: 

  • Making our government more efficient and effective.  I focused on reforming our pension and benefit obligations and reducing the number of city workers in our general fund by 13% — without layoffs — while maintaining our high level of services. Our staff has become more innovative, streamlined and agile and has increased efficiency through adopting new technologies. We have managed to do more with less. 
  • Protecting and improving our exceptional quality of life. I negotiated a well-considered development agreement for renovating the Stanford hospitals and I advocated for a responsible rail plan that safeguards our community. We have improved our city services and increased investment in our streets, bikeways, parks, libraries and facilities.  

I have also collaborated with community partners to provide what’s exceptional in Palo Alto, even during very challenging times for cities everywhere. These partnerships have helped us to leverage our resources by playing critical roles in rebuilding our libraries, parks and facilities, preparing us for emergencies and building a more sustainable community. Thank you to all who have contributed in making our community better.

I am committed to continue my leadership in making our city government more innovative, efficient, better prepared for the future, more fiscally sound for the long term and a model of an environmentally sustainable, dynamic local economy.  

I would greatly value your help through a contribution, an endorsement, displaying a lawn sign, walking a precinct, and letting your friends know about the importance of voting. You can make a difference on November 6.  

I look forward to seeing you and hearing your thoughts.

Thank you for your support,



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2012 Campaign to re-elect Pat Burt for Palo Alto City Council