Accomplishments while serving as Mayor

Each mayor brings to the job his or her own leadership style and priorities. During my term as mayor in 2010, I brought my business experience as a technology CEO to set a series of major concrete goals and led the council forward in their successful achievement.


  • Re-structured our budget, reducing expenses by $13 million while maintaining high quality services
  • Continued reform of our employee pension and benefit system
  • Achieved agreement on a well-considered Stanford hospitals project
  • Launched restructuring and reform of the city’s permitting process and Development Center
  • Pushed through more streamlined city meetings
  • Initiated the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission
  • Doubled our rate of street re-paving
  • Began Project Safety Net promoting our youth well being
  • Continued our leadership in environmental sustainability, including achieving 75% of our electricity coming from clean or renewable sources.  
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Pat Burt for City Council 2012
2012 Campaign to re-elect Pat Burt for Palo Alto City Council