— 37 year Resident of Monte Sereno; raised our children here
— Graduate of Stanford Law School
— Served as Captain in US Army Reserve
GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE IN MONTE SERENO
— Member of Site & Architecture (i.e., Planning) Commission, 2010-2013
— City Council Member, 2014 to present
— Mayor, 2016
— Board Chair, Villa Montalvo Arts Center (4 years) — Board Chair, KTEH Public Television Channel 54 (2 years) — Board Chair, The Harker School (8 years)
— Anna Eshoo, Democrat, Congresswoman — Tom Campbell, Republican, Former Congressman —Evan Low, Democrat, State Assemblyman — Carl Guardino, CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group — Jack Lucas, Former Mayor, Monte Sereno — Barbara Spector, Mayor, Los Gatos — Manny Cappello, Mayor, Saratoga — Jason Baker, Mayor, Campbell — Doug McNeil, Monte Sereno Volunteer Historian — Unanimous endorsement from other 4 Monte Sereno Council members
WHY DID THE MONTE SERENO CITY COUNCIL VOTE UNANIMOUSLY TO REZONE THE BAPTIST CHURCH?
1. State law requires that all cities rezone some area for multi-family housing. No exceptions.
2. One choice was the Hacienda property, whose commercial developer has lobbied the City to rezone his four acres to allow construction of 80 units (20 units per acre). Please see "VI. Conclusion" in the letter from the developer's attorney to the City Council, which letter was considered by the Council at the May 17 Council meeting when this zoning matter was voted on. This letter is part of the official Minutes of the meeting.
3. The other choice was the Baptist Church property, which the Council rezoned to allow (but not require) 15 unitsrelated to Church use. Given the statements by Pastor McCarty, it is unlikely that the Church will build any units at this time. And if the Church sells the land, a commercial developer cannot build any multi-family units because the rezoning is limited strictly to Public-related use.
4. Given these two choices, the Council’s decision was clearly the best one to “Preserve Monte Sereno’s Unique Character.”