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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of CupertinoCandidate for City Council

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Kris Wang

Small Business Owner
5,517 votes (15.13%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Traffic mitigation - comprehensive evaluation of short and long-term plans to curb traffic incl bike and pedestrian safety, evaluation of road design and traffic patterns, trial of school and transit shuttles and joint efforts with regional neighbors
  • Developments and housing - take a slow growth approach with a desire to see an increase in affordable and senior housing and retail along major corridors
  • Public safety - increase spending to raise officer-to-resident ratios and improve emergency response times; allocate appropriate funding for a disaster budget

Experience

Experience

Profession:Former Mayor of Cupertino
City Councilwoman, Cupertino — Elected position (2003–2011)
President, Cities Association of Santa Clara County — Appointed position (2010–2010)
Vice Chair and Member, VTA Advisory Board — Appointed position (2008–2010)
Commissioner and Chair, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation — Appointed position (2004–2009)
Commissioner, Cupertino Parks and Recreation — Appointed position (1998–2003)

Biography

Kris Wang is an experienced leader who has a track record of putting our citizens first. She is an advocate for responsible growth, education and safety, and has previously shown a tenacious adherence to fiscal discipline during her prior years on City Council. Kris holds an MBA degree, and prior to entering public service, she had spent over 20 years as a senior manager and computer software engineer at HP, Sun Microsystems, Visa, and Portal. Kris and her husband Gene are 30-year residents of Cupertino and her two sons are proud graduates of Cupertino schools.

Kris Wang's Community Service Record:

  • Mayor of Cupertino, 2007 and 2010
  • Cupertino City Councilmember, 2003 – 2011
  • Former President, Cities Association of Santa Clara County
  • Former Chair, Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation
  • Former Vice Chair, VTA Advisory Board
  • Former Vice Chair of Santa Clara County Recycling Waste & Reduction Commission
  • Former Member, League of California Cities
  • US Army North California Advisory Board

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am running because I believe our city is at a major crossroads and that I can be a strong, experienced voice for our community at a time when we really need to make our decisions carefully. With prior experience on City Council and local government organizations, I have the knowledge to make a meaningful impact right away. Community members that have gotten to know me know that I spend the time to listen to others, thoroughly understand the issues before making a vote, and bring dedication and creativity to the issues at hand. I have an analytical mind that has proven to be helpful in Cupertino's budget discussions in the past, and I have thick skin to make sure to always ask for what's best for our community.

The primary challenges that Cupertino is currently facing include overwhelming demand for housing (both through new and existing inventory and access to affordable housing), traffic congestion, and public safety. These challenges generally stem from the same culprit: there is tremendous demand to live, work, and study in our wonderful city. In order to address these challenges, I believe it is important to resist making rash decisions and not just haphazardly "make it work," but rather take a step back and consider how we can best plan for our city’s inevitable growth. This means zoning for developments appropriately and responsibly, planning ahead with our budget for infrastructure improvements, and not losing sight of the family-oriented qualities such as education and safety that have made Cupertino so desirable over the last few decades.

As a 30-year resident, an immigrant, a retired engineer and a mother, I share in many of your backgrounds and will strive to maintain Cupertino's legacy as a safe, vibrant and desirable place to raise a family. As a previous Parks and Recreation Commissioner, I have fought for the preservation of open space and parks in our neighborhoods, and as a former mayor of Cupertino, I was a major advocate for supporting education, including the building of a new Cupertino Library. For many years on the Council, I helped develop our Heart of the City Plan to allow for reasonable growth and the preservation of retail along our major corridors.

With so many important decisions facing our city, I respectfully ask for your support to represent you again on Cupertino City Council.

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