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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Los AltosCandidate for City Council

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Nancy Bremeau

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4,682 votes (18.38%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring a fair and balanced approach to all residents, and all voices while building trust with co-council members and the public by constant community outreach and communication.
  • Enhance our neighborhoods, parks and quality of life; provide an engaging environment for our youth; support our downtown by creating a vibrant gathering place for residents and an economically sustainable environment for our local businesses.
  • I also support responsible land use, traffic calming, pedestrian and bike safety, and appropriate housing policies — all while being fiscally responsible and retaining Los Altos' character and charm.



Profession:Community Advocate
Commissioner, Los Altos Public Arts Commission — Appointed position (2016–2017)


Northwestern University Master of Science, Journalism (1987)
Washington State University Bachelor of Arts, Marketing and Fine Art (1984)

Community Activities

Member, Los Altos Rotary (2018–current)
LEAD Alumni, Los Altos LEAD Program - sponsored by LACF (2014–current)
Member, League of Women Voters (2015–current)
Member, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce (2015–current)
Commissioner, Los Altos Public Arts Commission (2016–2017)


I did my graduate studies at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, but was born and raised in a small town near Seattle.  


I worked for over 20 years in corporate marketing, advertising and publishing.  In New York City I worked for one of the largest advertising firms in the world and after I moving to San Francisco I worked in the high-tech publishing industry.   


My husband and I bought our property in Los Altos in 2009.  Our son, Nicolas, went to Gardner Bullis and then Egan Jr.High, he is now a freshman at Los Altos High School.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • LATC - Los Altos Town Crier
  • DAWN - Democratic Women's Network
  • SILVAR - Silicon Valley Association of Realtors

Organizations (4)

  • DAWN - Democratic Women's Network
  • LATC - The Los Altos Town Crier
  • SILVAR - Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
  • EVOLVE - A Community Organization

Elected Officials (9)

  • Gary Waldeck - Los Altos Hills Council Member
  • Roger Spreen - Los Altos Hills Council Member
  • Courteney Corrigan - Los Altos Hills Council Member
  • Pat Showalter - Mountain View Council Member
  • Debbie Torak - MVLA Trustee
  • Fiona Walter - MVLA Trustee
  • Joe Mitchener - MVLA Trustee
  • Phil Faillace - MVLA Trustee
  • Sanjay Dave - MVLA Trustee

Individuals (78)

  • Cam Chan, Community Leader
  • Hugo Santos, Community Leader
  • Zehra Shams, Community Leader
  • Chris Dauer, Community Leader
  • Stephanie Dauer, Community Leader
  • Betsy Schmitt, Community Leader
  • Aloma Avery, Community Leader
  • Kira Sasaki, Community Leader
  • Sunita Sanaya, Community Leader
  • Mike Sutton, Community Leader
  • Shelly Potvin, Community Leader
  • Nagesh Hatti, Community Leader
  • Kavita Nayar, Community Leader
  • Terenia Offenbacker, Community Leader
  • Russ Simmons, Community Leader
  • Kevin Moos, Community Leader
  • Toni Moos, Community Leader
  • Amanda Boschken, Community Leader
  • Jody Vandergriff, Community Leader
  • Divya Valmiki, Community Leader
  • Anand Mehta, Political Intern
  • James Solomon, Political Intern
  • Sanjana Mishra, Political Intern
  • Emily Solomon, Political Intern
  • Javin Pombra, Political Intern
  • Sean Murray, Political Intern
  • Tina Knauss, Community Leader
  • Erika Shapiro, Community Leader
  • Julie Crane, Community Leader
  • Mark Rogge, Community Leader
  • KJ Janowski, Community Leader
  • Bart Nelson, Community Leader
  • Deb Hope, Community Leader
  • Freya Hooper, Community Leader
  • Lucy Mangas, Community Leader
  • Joji Santos, Community Leader
  • Carolyn Nash, Community Leader
  • Adam Nash, Community Leader
  • Jonas Bordo
  • Rosalind Bordo, Community Leader
  • Mel Kahn, Community Leader
  • Ronit Bodner, Planning Commissioner
  • Swati SInha, Community Leader
  • Pradeep Parmar, PARC
  • Russ Bartlett, Historical Commissioner
  • Nomi Trapnell, Historical Commissioner
  • Larry Lang, Historical Commission
  • Chrissie Velaga Hilliard
  • Michelle Oates, Community Leader
  • Tami Mulcahy, Community Leader
  • Scott Wharton, Community Leader
  • David Rock, Community Leader
  • Dennis Young, Community Leader
  • Curt Powell, Community Leader
  • Gwen Kasriel, Community Leader
  • Seema Mehta, Community Leader
  • Jen Springer, Community Leader
  • Gary Anderson, Community Leader
  • Larry Baron, Community Leader
  • Gary Hedden, Community Leader
  • Alex Samek, Los Altos Planning Commission
  • Janet Harding, Los Altos Senior Commissioner
  • Tracie Murray, Los Altos Senior Commission
  • Sally Meadows, Los Altos Planning Commission
  • Mariette Wharton, Founder NIMBLE
  • Richard Henning, Founder Celebrity Forum
  • Kathryn Hanson, Founder ALearn
  • Carol Garsten, Business Owner
  • Mike Abrams, Community Member
  • Mark Rogge, Community Member
  • Sarah Zebb, Business Owner
  • Mary Clark Bartlett, Business Owner
  • Jason Stubing, Business Owner
  • Vickie Breslin, Business Owner
  • Abby Ahrens, Business Owner
  • Crysta Krames - Member, LACF Board
  • Laura Teksler - Member, LACF, MVLA boards

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I did my graduate studies at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, but was born and raised in a small town near Seattle.  


I worked for over 20 years in corporate marketing, advertising and publishing.  In New York City I worked for one of the largest advertising firms in the world and after I moving to San Francisco I worked in the high-tech publishing industry.   


My husband and I bought our property in Los Altos in 2009.  Our son, Nicolas, went to Gardner Bullis and then Egan Jr.High, he is now a freshman at Los Altos High School.

Position Papers

Platform Statement: Top Four Priorities


PRIORITIES:  When on council, I will support and take steps to implement the following items.



1. Respecting Our Past


  •  Preserve our heritage, charm, character, and quality of life.

    • A 100% commitment to preserving every acre of park and public land.

    • Preserve our historic landmarks and monuments.

    • Preserve the  presence of the  apricot orchards as an integral part of our agricultural past; and, the heart of our community and civic center.

  • Maintain family-friendly neighborhoods.

    • Discourage cut through traffic, increase traffic calming measures, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and safe routes to school.

    • Encourage moderate, well-designed, thoughtful improvements throughout Los Altos that reflect our city’s charm, heritage, and character.

    • Create a master tree plan to preserve and enhance our tree canopy.

  • Support community-driven improvements and enhancements.

    • Support rigorous LEED, environmental building standards and green technology.

    • Including adding amenities to city-owned parks as desired by the community, where appropriate (additional sports fields, fenced-in dog park, nature trails, nature center, community pool, etc.).

    • Create multipurpose facilities (basketball/pickleball/skateboard areas on asphalt and volleyball/croquet/putting range on grass)

  • Work with residents and businesses to enhance our neighborhood commercial districts.

    • To retain and enhance the neighborhood commercial character, (Foothill Plaza, Woodland Plaza, Rancho Shopping Center, Loyola Corners, and Sherwood Shopping Triangle),

    • To preserve and improve the existing character by encouraging pedestrian-scale development and amenities, circulation, and landscaping.

    • To retain an emphasis on retail uses, including service and limited office uses.

    • To allow for mixed uses of commercial and residential; and,

    • To buffer the impacts of commercial development on neighboring residential properties.

2.  Planning Our Future


  • Update our current General Plan (due 2022) to acknowledge and respond to the changing needs of our community.

    • Under California law a city must maintain and update it’s General Plan and include;

      • The vision, goals, and objectives of the city.

      • Specific elements that include; land use, housing, circulation, conservation, noise, safety, open space, and environmental sustainability.


  • Create a Master Plan for Hillview Community Center, Civic Center, and city-wide             civic facilities.

    • A community-supported, long-term, phased-in approach for the use of all 18.8 acres

      • A careful evaluation of the future locations of the police department, city hall, performing arts theater, and youth center (LAYC). Evaluate the possible relocation and eventual renovations of some of these facilities.

      • Potential acquisition of the AT&T property on San Antonio Road.

    • Create better connections between downtown and the Civic Center with safe pedestrian walkways


  • Encourage and support appropriate affordable housing options throughout Los Altos.

    • Suggest appropriate housing measures to provide accessory dwelling units and appropriately located multifamily housing for teachers, first responders, and civic employees.

    • Work with neighboring cities and the region to define and implement housing and transportation solutions on a regional basis.

3. Enhancing Downtown Vibrancy


  • Revitalize our downtown into a vibrant destination for our residents as a community gathering place, by:

    • Implementing near-term Downtown Vision recommendations; including:

      • Begin planning for an outdoor community pedestrian/dining plaza (Plaza 5), and outdoor activity spaces;

      • Update specific zoning and codes to facilitate thoughtful, well-designed, moderate commercial development;

        • Broaden the allowed uses of ground floor property.

        • Include floor-area ratios and daylight planes as well as building heights to limit building size to reasonable proportions which fit with our downtown character;

      • Immediate parking management improvements; including:

        • Employee parking moved to perimeter areas and enforced;

        • Commercial business parking fees adjusted (employer and employee);

        • Re-striping of parking lots and minimal parking space adjustments (6”);

        • Adopt parking-in-lieu fees for new and re-development of commercial properties;

        • Adopt recommended parking ratios for retail and commercial business;

    • Encouraging and supporting lush landscaping and other beautification improvements.


  • Facilitate business and civic organizations to encourage vibrancy and design quality

    • Supporting a downtown business district association/coalition.  Business and property owners should take the lead in proposing what they want and need, and work together with city staff to implement improvements in line with our downtown vision.

    • Creating a commercial Design Review Commission to update and advise on commercial design criteria reflecting the charm and character of our downtown while allowing for investment and economic returns for property owners.


4.  Improving City Governance


  • Empower city staff

    • Ensure that we recruit, train and hire the best possible City Staff;

    • Provide appropriate compensation, benefits and a high quality work environment.

  • Encourage school district cooperation

    • Facilitate active and continuing cooperation with the school districts and boards (on topics including traffic, Safe Routes to School and housing for teachers)

    • Develop a formal joint-use agreement between the City and School sites for community/school sharing of facilities and grounds.

  • Improve council, commissions, and resident participation

    • Facilitate and improve transparency and community input in City planning and decision-making

    • Streamline and facilitate strong communication and working relationships between Council, City Staff, Commissions and Residents.

    • Facilitate and enact best practices in how our Council and Commissions function.

    • Provide clear, ongoing training for commissioners and commission chairs.

    • Strive to ensure that all voices are heard, encourage participation from all parts of Los Altos and all demographics.

    • Implement and promote online city/community interactive discussions and survey systems.

  • Partner with our Private Sector

    • Establish policies to encourage private donations to provide support to upgrade, improve and support civic and community  facilities.

    • Create Public Private Partnerships with nonprofits to create amenities and community benefits.

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