Prior to serving on the Palo Alto City Council for the past four years and having been elected by his colleagues to be mayor in 2010, Pat served the community for 15 years as a neighborhood leader and Planning Commissioner. At the same time, he managed to be a successful high tech executive and a leader in environmental policy.
Having been raised on the peninsula by parents who were teachers, in 1980 Pat and his wife Sally knew that Palo Alto was the community where they would live and eventually raise their children, Carolyn and Riley. He is driven by a passion for innovative and efficient local government so that we can continue to benefit from the exceptional quality of life that we value. He has been determined to assure that our finances and our environment are sustainable so that our children will inherit a sound future.
As a Councilmember, Pat has brought on board strong new executive leadership, championed improvements to our streets and bikeways, and launched a strategic infrastructure repair plan. He has worked successfully to streamline our local government and to reform employee pensions and benefits. He has advocated for a responsible rail plan for the Peninsula that safeguards our community and negotiated for a well-considered development of the new Stanford Hospital. With your help, Pat would like to finish the work he's begun:
- to make our city government leaner and more efficient through financial reform
- to maintain our exceptional city services and quality of life
- to make our community well-prepared for emergencies
- to promote a sustainable city with a dynamic economy