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City of SaratogaCandidate for City Council

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Rishi Kumar

City of Saratoga, Councilmember
9,859 votes (29.62%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Engage with Saratoga's toughest challenges and deliver results
  • Enhance Saratoga's quality of life via citizen-centric choices
  • Continue to reduce crime and water rates for Saratoga

Experience

Experience

Profession:Councilmember, City of Saratoga
Vice President, Software Analytics, Strategic Business, Solix Technologies Inc. (2017–current)
Councilmember, City of Saratoga, City of Saratoga — Elected position (2014–current)

Education

University of Connecticut M.S,, Mechanical Engineering (1994)

Community Activities

2nd Vice President, League of California Cities API Caucus (2015–current)
Board member, Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (2016–current)
Member - California, K-12 Computer Science Implementation, Department of Education (2017–current)
Founder, Chair, Silicon Valley STEM Foundation (2015–current)
Founder, Chair, Safe Saratoga Citizen's Committee (2017–current)

Biography

◙ Saratoga City Councilmember
◙ Homeowner / Saratoga resident since 2001
◙ M.S Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut
◙ Seema's husband and proud father of two boys
◙ Vice President, Software Analytics and Vertical Business, Solix Technologies. Former IBMer - click here
◙ Member, California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Panel - implementing a computer science K-12 curriculum to go live in 2022; A California Department of Education initiative

PRIORITIES ON THE CITY COUNCIL
Rishi's top priorities are to enhance Saratoga's quality of life and nurture a thriving family oriented community; identify the top community challenges such as crime  water and work hard to address and resolve them. 

Here are endorsement statements.
Visit http://www.rishikumar.com/endorsements

 

“I support Rishi as he is successful in connecting our neighborhoods, making us a stronger, safer community. Rishi keeps Saratoga up to date with what is going on. I like Rishi specially because he went to bat against the high water rates. Rishi, I appreciate all you are doing for Saratoga and I want you re-elected”
- Marily White

 

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
- Kristine Andarmani

 

Before Rishi was a councilmember I didn't have any idea what the Council did. He works to keep us informed about the water price increases and safety.
- David Trager
Rishi is a shining example of what a true public servant should be. His efforts to keep our community safe and informed have been nothing short of valiant.
- Michael Malter
Rishi has been instrumental in getting our Neighborhood Watch going. Rishi is one that really gets things done. He rolls up his sleeve, gets to work, doesn’t go away after the job is underway. One of the first councilman that has ever come around and really gotten involved. I really want to endorse him and vote for him. He is a great guy and you can’t go wrong.
- Ray Froess, Miljevich Neighborhood Leader
"Rishi has demonstrated his leadership and devotion to our community through his tireless effort seeking the best interests of our citizens. I am most impressed with his energy as well as the long-term commitment to coordinating the weekly enrichment program in Saratoga community center, and faithfully monitoring important issues affecting our daily life such as neighborhood safety  and water bills." 
- Sophia Kao, Trustee Saratoga Union School District

 

Saratoga needs Rishi's leadership.  He gets things done!   As our councilmember, he has personally  tackled  issues such as crime and exorbitant water rates which are critical to every Saratoga resident.  I am confident in Rishi's ability to keep Saratoga thriving by being a strong voice on the council and making prudent, wise choices for our community.  Please join me in supporting Rishi.
- Stan Bogosian, Former Mayor of Saratoga


Rishi has been very effective on the city council. He has not hesitated to take up tough challenges for Saratoga and has  delivered results. He certainly has enthusiasm and energy, I am not sure how he does it, while working full time in the Software industry and for Saratoga. I  like the results he has achieved for neighborhood safety and water. I endorse Rishi’s re-election
- Jack Mallory, Former Councilmember of Saratoga

 

Thanks again for your leadership in organizing this.  We’ve lived in Saratoga for more than 30 years and have never seen such engagement with the community as what you have demonstrated.  Well done.
- Lee Gazlay, Neighborhood watch leader, Brookview HOA

As a 50 year Saratoga resident, I am endorsing Rishi Kumar to be reelected to the Saratoga City Council. He has been active on the council during his first term. He is "out front" on all the important issues today: Neighborhood Watch, Safety, Burglaries, High Water Bills. He is a good communicator and organizer, and possesses "Boundless energy". He is among the best councilmembers I can recall in my 50 years here. He deserves to be reelected for a 2nd term.
- Bruce Wooley, Saratoga CA, Retired Airline Captain

 

We have lived in Saratoga for 50 years and Rishi is the first councilman to be so involved in our city and to be so effective. It is a much safer city thanks to him. Thank you, Rishi.
- Dimitry and Ludmilla Bobroff

 

I personally am in awe of your dedication to Saratoga.  May you continue to have the energy to serve!
- Ana Pinczuk, Gardiner Park Neighborhood Leader

 

Rishi is amazing, how can you not be impressed by his tireless efforts to make life better for all of us. I only wish we could clone him! :)
- Jody Sorensen

 

Rishi Kumar is the hardest working elected official we have ever voted for.
 -  G. and Vasanthi Arjavalingam


Our city has been gifted with Rishi's consistent commitment to keeping our community engaged, energized, involved and informed. In gratitude, Rishi!
- Peggy Stark, Dehavilland Neighborhood Leader
"For your re-election, you’ve got it.  You’ve done more for all of us than any other council member in the past 45 years and we now rely on you.  Great job on keeping Saratoga safe and for getting us organized to try and lower our water rates and then to change water companies.  Thank you again for all your hard work organizing the Neighborhood Crime Watch group throughout Saratoga, which makes Saratoga a safer place and a place all of us want to live, and for helping us lower our water rates which makes Saratoga stay beautiful.
- Suzanne Zazzi, Harleigh Drive Neighborhood Leader

 

In the 20 years living in Saratoga, Rishi is by far the most active, visible, keeping the residents of Saratoga informed and leading the way for change. He has done yoeman's work in battling San Jose Water in their relentless pursuit and requests for rate increases and in starting the Neighborhood Watch throughout Saratoga. Rishi just gets things done!
- Bob Swedroe, Prides Crossing North Neighborhood Leader

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • 50+ Neighborhood Leaders of Saratoga
  • Senator Jim Beall
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Elected Officials (50)

  • Councilmember Sam Hind, Foster City
  • Councilmember Gary Singh, Union City
  • Councilmember Arun Goel, Dublin
  • Councilmember Raj Salwan, Fremont
  • Councilmember Pradeep Gupta, South San Francisco
  • Councilmember David Bonnacorsi, Fremont
  • Councilmember Kirsten Keith, Menlo Park
  • Councilmember Catherine Carlton, Menlo Park
  • Mayor Juslyn Manalo, Daly City
  • County Supervisor David Canepa (San Mateo County)
  • Former Councilmember Sue Chan, Fremont
  • Former Councilmember Jim Davis, Sunnyvale
  • Former Councilmember John Howe, Sunnyvale
  • Former Mayor Otto Lee, Cupertino
  • Former Mayor Jose Esteves, Milpitas
  • Former Mayor Gilbert Wang - Cupertino
  • Former Mayor Mike Kasperzak, Mountain View
  • Former Assemblymember Susan Bonilla
  • Former Assemblymember Sally Lieber, Former California Speaker Pro Tempore
  • Former Assemblymember Paul Fong AD28
  • Councilmember Anthony Phan, Milpitas
  • Rui "Rita" Cao, Saratoga High School PTSO Leadership
  • Dr Liang Chao, Cupertino Union School District Boardmember
  • Sophia Kao, Trustee, Saratoga Union School District
  • Betty Yee, Boardmember, California Board of Equalization 
  • Fiona Ma, Boardmember, California Board of Equalization
  • Dave Jones, California State Insurance Commissioner
  • Seantor Kevin de Leon
  • Vice Mayor Larry Klein, Sunnyvale
  • Councilmember Steven Scharf, Cupertino
  • Vice Mayor Evert Wolsheimer, Monte Sereno
  • Councilmember (District 9) Don Rocha, San Jose
  • Councilmember (District 3) Raul Peralez, San Jose
  • Councilmember (District 2) Sergio Jimenez, San Jose
  • Councilmember (District 1) Chappie Jones, San Jose
  • Mayor Lenny Siegel, Mountain View
  • Mayor Liz Kniss, Palo Alto
  • County Supervisor (District 4) Ken Yeager
  • County Supervisor (District 3) David Cortese, Santa Clara County
  • County Supervisor (District 2) Cindy Chavez
  • County Supervisor (District 1) Mike Wasserman
  • Assemblymember Mark Stone - AD 29
  • Assemblymember Kansen Chu - AD25
  • Assemblymember Ash Kalra - AD27
  • Assemblymember Marc Berman - AD24
  • Senator Jerry Hill
  • Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco (District 5), San Jose
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose
  • Congressman Ro Khanna - CD17

Individuals (50)

  • Shamik Mehta, Former President APJ, Tibco Software
  • Kittu Kolluri
  • Ajeet Singh
  • B V Jagadeesh
  • Raj Jaswa
  • Bruce & Rosemary Wooley
  • Doris Tougas
  • Amit Nagpal
  • Chakra Srivatsa, Via Grande, Via Escuela Neighborhood Leader
  • Anoop Kumar, Saraglen Neighborhood Leader
  • Anil Nigam, Former HOA President, Parker Ranch
  • Ahmad & Melinda Ghavi, Cumberland, Via Escuela, Via Grande Neighborhood Leader
  • Yin Shih, Ten Oak, Juniper, LaVista Neighborhood Leader
  • Yew Jin Lim, Tollgate Neighborhood Leader
  • Tae Kim, Foothill Elementary Neighborhood Leader
  • Dr Sunil Ahuja, Burgundy Way Neighborhood Leader
  • Tina Hubbard, Miljevich Neighborhood Leader
  • Ted Miljevich
  • Suzanne Zazzi, Harleigh Drive Neighborhood Leader
  • Ray Froess, Miljevich Neighborhood Leader
  • Robert LoPresto, Saratoga Oaks Neighborhood Leader
  • Peggy Stark, Dehavilland Shubert Neighborhood Leader
  • Paula Grassi, Charters, Ten Oak Neighborhood Leader
  • Paul Hansen, Arrowhead neighborhood leader
  • Milt Wehrman, Meadowbrook Neighborhood Leader
  • Mike Ziegel, Blossom View Neighborhood Leader
  • Larry Roben, Wardell Road/ Arroyo Neighborhood Leader
  • Kareem Syed, Bucknall Drive Neighborhood Leader
  • Kalpana Jaswa, Hidden View Neighborhood Leader
  • Jon Kwong, Saratoga Heights Neighborhood Leader
  • John Magner, Villa Oaks Lane Neighborhood Leader
  • Jack Chen, Saraglen Neighborhood Leader
  • George Mednick, Glenbrae Neighborhood Leader
  • Chris Vaasquez, Saratoga Woods Neighborhood Leader
  • Cecilia Tso, Wardell Neighborhood Leader
  • Bob Swedroe, Prides Crossing North Neighborhood Leader
  • Brian Berg, Chalet Lane Neighborhood Leader
  • Ben Connors, Meadowbrook Neighborhood Leader
  • Barbara Dezur, Saratoga Woods Neighborhood Leader
  • Arun Venkatachari, Paramount Drive Neighborhood Leader
  • Annettee Narayan, Blauer Drive Neighborhood Leader
  • Angela Ling, President Saratoga Heights HOA
  • Ketan Jashapara, President, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
  • Tiger Teerlink
  • John Hirokawa, Frmr Saratoga's Captain, frmr West Valley Patrol Div. Commander
  • Gary Brandenburg
  • Ron Schoengold, Saratoga Woods
  • Sue & Jack Mallory, frmr Saratoga Councilmember "Saratoga Jack"
  • Stan Bogosian, frm Mayor of Saratoga
  • Marilyn White

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

During my first term as your councilmember, I reminded myself everyday that I serve Saratoga’s interest. I purposefully focused my efforts with a citizen-centric vision, responsiveness and results-driven behavior to impact Saratoga’s toughest challenges. I worked hard for Saratoga’s challenges such as crime  water and more.  I may not have had the answers, for complex challenges such as our water rates or residential break-ins, but I never hesitated to jump in and explore options collaboratively with our citizens

·       My interest as a councilmember was to represent our citizens well and provide services cheaper, faster to every Saratoga resident, taking up the toughest challenges and deliver demonstrable results.

·       I took on the issue of Saratoga’s residential burglaries the summer of 2016. Teaming up with neighborhood leaders, I started organizing neighborhoods to discuss safety best practices, bring neighbors together, and launch Neighborhood Safety Watch (NSW) programs. To date, I have helped and supported over 50 NSW programs. I have been part of 100+ neighborhood meetings. Heightened crime awareness, safety best practices, connected neighbors, and alert neighbors reporting suspicious activities to our sheriff has resulted in residential burglaries dropping a whopping 47% from 2016 to 2017. Our sheriff attributed this drop in crime to our revitalized Neighborhood Watch program in a Saratoga News article.

·       I also pushed back against the frequent water rate increases. I established a repeatable protest campaign that was simple for Saratogans to follow and email their protest to CPUC. I attended CPUC hearings speaking emphatically for Saratoga. The effort of our citizens and other community groups has resulted in successful protest campaigns, and CPUC has rejected several rate proposals by our water company.

Some more endorsement statements from http://www.rishikumar.com/endorsements.html

 

 

Rishi provides the Silicon Valley exuberance that is needed by our Saratoga leadership to drive initiatives forward to address our community concerns and aspirations, with timely communications on progress, challenges and ultimately with results.
- David Mcintyre

Thanks for all you do for us Saratogans.In my 35 or so years of living here I have never seen a better, more active effort on Saratoga's behalf
- Ellen Green Mastman

 

 

Rishi is action and results oriented. The typical politician just talks a lot. Rishi is not the typical politician, Rishi not only talks, he listens and follows up with prompt action. His impact on the Saratoga community is immense from reducing burglaries to taking on the water company's price gouging being just a few examples. He is a consensus builder and problem solver!
- Mike Ziegel, Blossom View Neighborhood Leader

 

We are very lucky to have Rishi as part of the Saratoga City Council. Rishi cares about our community and act upon all critical issues. Thanks to Rishi's leadership, Saratoga burglary/crime rate has decreased significantly and we can feel safer at our home again. Rishi is also vital in our fight against the unprecedented increase in our water bill and fostering youth's interest in vast areas including Robotics and Entrepreneurship. Rishi genuinely cares about Saratoga and takes the time to know individuals in the city. I am very thankful to have Rishi as our city council member. If you want someone who brings results and actions to his words, vote Rishi!
- Michelle Lee

 

 

 

Thanks Rishi for all the time and energy you have devoted. You are keeping Saratoga not only safe but engaged.  A connected community with many opportunities to speak and listen is the foundation of a strong democracy. The work you do reaches far beyond Saratoga by sending messages and demonstrating a model of what’s right. It’s a wonderful breath of inspiration about valuing diversity and free speech. Happy you are in a position of leadership.
- Annette Ladowitz

 

Rishi is totally irreplaceable for Saratoga!
- Cecilia Tso, Neighborhood Leader Wardell/Arroyo

Rishi's heart is with Saratoga
- Donna Muzzy

 

Councilmember Kumar is very knowledgeable and informative. He is always ready to help us; and we can see that he really cares about the City.
- Jon Kwong, Neighborhood Leader Saratoga Heights

There are 3 reasons I endorse Rishi Kumar for re-election. First, his tireless efforts to reign in San Jose Water's unfair billing practices and incessant rate increases. If you are unaware of how SJW departs from other water companies billing practices, you should visit Rishi Kumar's website to learn more, especially if you are one of the many being penalized while conserving water! Secondly, his commitment to achieving crime free communities by implementing neighborhood watch programs throughout Saratoga. Thirdly, Rishi's proactive communication to inform and educate Saratoga residents about their city. To me, Rishi truly seems to care about Saratoga and making it a great place to live.
- John Magner, , Villa Oaks Lane Neighborhood Leader

 

Rishi Kumar has been relentless in his commitment to improving the security and quality of life in the community. Rarely has a city official been as visible, responsive, dedicated and selfless in his quest to fulfill the trust he has been given by the voters of Saratoga.
- George Mednick, Glen Brae Neighborhood Leader

As a longtime Saratoga resident, I have seen Rishi works tirelessly on behalf of his constituents. He has been a fearless resource for our community on issues of improving neighborhood safety, leading the effort to oppose unfair surcharges by the San Jose Water Company, keeping us informed via frequent newsletters and emails, neighborhood updates/training on key issues, developing our youth through his internship program, and so many other areas. I don't know where Rishi gets the time and energy, but we are deeply appreciative of all that he has done for Saratoga. I look forward to his continued service.
-Ben Connors, Neighborhood Watch Captain, Saratoga Meadowbrook

 

Position Papers

How to launch a Neighborhood Safety Watch Program?

Summary
TEN STEPS TO SUCCESS: A TYPICAL NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY WATCH PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION

#1 A KICK-OFF MEETING IS HELD: Neighborhood Meeting held with Councilmember Rishi Kumar and Neighborhood Safety Captains (at least 2) and Zone Block Captains identified at this meeting. After the meeting, Rishi sends the following to the Neighborhood Safety Captains: 1. A summary of the meeting and reference links  and 2. The framework of the Neighborhood Safety Watch program that explains the details of the process
#2 NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNICATION SETUP: A Neighborhood wide email group is established by the Neighborhood Safety Captains (if one does not exist). They then email the neighborhood a status update from the meeting  and the next steps to establishing the Neighborhood Safety Watch program, using the email from Rishi - step 1 above.
#3 DIVISION INTO ZONES:  Neighborhood Safety Captains divide the neighborhood small chunks called "zones" or blocks, with each zone being led by a Block Captain. A few Block Captains are lined up based on step 1 volunteers. We can now see missing Block Captains in the neighborhood zone map. The Neighborhood Safety Captain provides this zone map to all the Block Captains.
#4 RECRUIT BLOCK CAPTAINS: Neighborhood Safety Captains now focus on recruiting Block Captains to fill the gaps in the zone map. This is likely the most difficult task so far. Once we have all block captains identified and ready, publish the zone  map online and have it available to the neighborhood by sending an email.
#5 MEETING #2  (WITH BLOCK CAPTAINS)- Neighborhood leaders now meet with Block Captains, answer questions and get their support to move forward. Block Captains are ready to collect the required information (name, email, phone #s etc) from their zone neighbors using the zone template - this will help with communication.
#6 BLOCK CAPTAINS BUILD THEIR ZONE CONTACT LIST:  
Block captains have collected information from their zone, compiled the directory and Neighborhood leaders have obtained the zone list from ALL the BLOCK CAPTAINS.
#7 ZONE COMMUNICATION: Block captains have established a communication mechanism for their zone (text or email).
#8 MASTER SPREADSHEET/ DATABASE: Neighborhood Safety Captains have built a master spreadsheet from the input data from the Block Captains. subscribed the block emails (from each zone) into the Neighborhood email group. Based on authorization, some of the emails from the Master database (stored encrypted) will be entered into the email group setup in step 2

#9  - GETTING CERTIFIED: Neighborhood Safety Captains next fill the certification template and schedule a meeting with the Sheriff to get certified.
#10 - REGISTERING WITH THE CITY: Now that the neighborhood is certified, register the Neighborhood Safety Watch program with the city of Saratoga. Our city next installs a "Neighborhood Safety Watch" sign at chosen spot(s) in your neighborhood. Yes - it is party time!
DETAILED STEPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH is explained at www.RishiKumar.com/safety (search for "Process for a successful Neighborhood Safety Watch launch")

Top 25 Safety Tips for Saratoga

Summary

A safety toolkit to enhance the safety of our home and our neighborhood

 

#1 DETERRENTS: THE SAFETY SECRET SAUCE

DO NOT MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM TO TARGET YOUR HOME. GET A DOG, A DOOR BELL VIDEO CAM,  SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS, AN ALARM SYSTEM, AND LOCK YOUR FENCE GATES

#2 LOCK ‘EM UP

INSTALL A LOCKING MAIL BOX

DEADBOLTS ARE REQUIRED ON YOUR FRONT DOOR/ GARAGE SIDE DOOR. LOCK YOUR ELECTRICAL PANELS

#3 WHAT ABOUT BOB?BOB IS ALWAYS HOME

MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK “OCCUPIED”. PLAY MUSIC OR LEAVE THE TV ON. YARD LIGHTS AND INDOORS LIGHTS TURN AUTOMAGICALLY ON AT DUSK. CAR PARKED ON DRIVEWAY IS GOOD. NEWSPAPERS PILED ON YOUR DRIVEWAY? BAD!

 #4 FORT KNOX?

MANY BREAK-INS OCCUR DUE TO UNLOCKED DOORS/ WINDOWS ON WARM DAYS. SO LOCK ‘EM! ARM YOUR ALARM SYSTEMS BY HABIT  . KEYS UNDER YOUR MAT IS SO OLD SCHOOL WHY DO IT?

 

#5 KNOW THY NEIGHBOR

GO MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS TODAY! A CONNECTED NEIGHBORHOOD IS A SAFER NEIGHBORHOOD. ORGANIZE A BLOCK PARTY

#6 RELAXING VACATION!

LET YOUR NEIGHBORS KNOW.
CALL THE SHERIFF FOR VACATION PATROL
@408 868 6600. STOP MAIL, NEWSPAPER, YOUR RECYCLE BINS IN AND OUT.  DONT POST PICS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

#7 SMILE, YOU ARE ON    

SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS ALL AROUND YOUR HOME: BACKYARD AND SIDE YARDS. POINTING TO YOUR GARAGE, EVEN MAILBOX

#8 CHECKS IN THE MAIL

DO NOT LEAVE IMPORTANT ENVELOPES, CHECKS IN YOUR MAIL BOX WITH THE FLAG RAISED. FOLKS CASING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD WILL GRAB IT

#9 MAN’S BEST FRIEND

A FEROCIOUS BARKING DOG IS THE #1 DETERRENT. DON’T HAVE A DOG? BUY A BOX THAT BARKS LIKE A DOG. FOOL THEM!

#10 FLAUNT THE SIGNS

“BEWARE OF THE DOG” “THIS HOME HAS VIDEO SURVEILLANCE”  “THIS HOME MONITORED 24X7”

#11 IRS WANTS $5000 in TARGET GIFT CARDS?

IGNORE PRANK IRS CALLS. IRS WILL NEVER MAKE THREATENING PHONE CALLS

#12 A SAFE IS THE MOST UNSAFE PLACE

JEWELLERY SHOULD BE IN THE BANK LOCKER NOT IN YOUR SAFE. IN PUBLIC PLACES COVER UP YOUR
EXPENSIVE JEWELLERY

 

#13 TO HAVE OR NOT

 WITH AN ALARM SYSTEM THEY LEAVE WITHIN A FEW MINUTES. WITHOUT? THEY PLUNK DOWN ON YOUR LUXURY SOFA AND WINE. MUST HAVE: SHOCK SENSOR/ GLASS BREAKAGE SENSOR

 #14 UTILITY WORKER AT YOUR DOOR?

 DO NOT LET STRANGERS INTO YOUR HOUSE OR YARD. DO NOT BE DISTRACTED BY SWEET TALK

 #15 SECURITY GURUS CAN HELP YOU FOR NO CHARGE

 GET A FREE SAFETY ASSESSMENT DONE. CALL THE SHERIFF AT 408 868 6600 OR EMAIL WVADMIN@SHERIFF.SCCGOV.ORG

 #16 GUY AT YOUR DOOR SELLING YOU A PONY?

 CALL THE SHERIFF. SOLICITORS SHOULD CARRY A CITY OF SARATOGA PERMIT. BUT DON’T LET STRANGERS WALK YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. REPORT THEM!

 #17 MY PRECIOUS

 BACKUP YOUR FAMILY VIDEOS ( CLOUD/NAS). ALWAYS HAVE A COPY OUTSIDE THE HOME. SCAN YOUR IMPORTANT DOCS AND SECURE THEM

 #18 THE BIG CREDIT FREEZE (CAN HELP)

PREVENT IDENTITY THEFTS: FREEZE AND LOCK YOUR CREDIT FILE BY CALLING EXPERIAN, TRANSUNION AND EQUIFAX

 #19 SLEEPLESS IN SARATOGA?

 YOU WILL SLEEP BETTER WITH  HOME MONITORING SYSTEM ARMED. A FEW BREAK-INS HAVE OCCURRED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

 #20 TRACK YOUR MAIL

SIGN UP FOR USPS INFORMED DELIVERY. GET AN EMAIL EVERY MORNING WTH IMAGES OF YOUR EXPECTED MAIL. A FREE SERVICE

#21 LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

 MOTION SENSOR LIGHTS AROUND YOUR PROPERTY ARE GOOD. YARD LIGHTS ARE GOOD TOO.

 #22 BOILING THE OCEAN? NOT FUN!

 DO NOT CONDUCT AN ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS. PICK A FEW SAFETY PRODUCTS THAT ARE EASY TO DEPLOY. THE PERFECT PRODUCT IS WITH THE MARTIANS. YOU GOTTA ACT NOW, NOT PLAN A MARS TRIP

 #23 CAR DATACENTER?

 DO NOT EVER LEAVE A LAPTOP OR A PURSE OR A LAPTOP BAG OR ANY BAG VISIBLE IN YOUR CAR OR IN TRUNK. DO NOT DISPLAY A GARAGE DOOR OPENER

#24 LET US PLAY THE KNOCK, KNOCK GAME

 ALWAYS RESPOND TO A KNOCK BY MAKING YOUR PRESENCE FELT EVEN IF YOU ARE TOO BUSY TO ENTERTAIN.

 #25 STRANGERS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? WHO YOU GONNA CALL?

CALL THE SHERIFF

NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER IS 408 299 2311

EMERGENCY NUMBER IS 911 or 408 299 3233

 

SIGN UP FOR COUNTY CRITICAL ALERTS BY VISITING WWW.TINYURL.COM/ALERTSCC

 

FOR PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS

WWW.RISHIKUMAR.COM/TIPS

 

GET CERT TRAINED. EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD SHOULD HAVE AN EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS LEADER. VISIT http://saratogacert.org/  info@saratogacert.org

 

JOIN SAFE SARATOGA CITIZENS GROUP

Facebook.com/groups/safesaratoga

Groups.google.com/group/safesaratoga

 

 

Calling for a new municipal water utility company

Summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: San Jose Water Company (SJWC) is currently an investor-owned monopoly that regularly increases water rates. SJWC's income has gone up 200% in 6 years . The current process of rate filings with CPUC has been very effective for SJWC to increase rates and increase profits. Their profits spiked 130% from 2013 to 2014. In a severe drought year 2016, their profits grew 40% year to year. SJWC has made $222M in profits since 2010. 


We have had it with SJWC! We want a NEW DIRECTION.

Water is going to be our biggest challenge over the next few decades - based on what we just saw during the recent California drought. It is time we took control of it...now! We do NOT want to be at the mercy of an investor-owned utility company for our water. 

** 5 STEPS TO OUR EXECUTION STRATEGY
#1 Forging a broad coalition of cities that get served by SJWC will help. See A1 below
#2 Follow the execution strategy of other success stories See A2 below
#3 Let us Condemn San Jose Water Company by exercising eminent domain. See an existing California use case success of doing exactly that A3 below
#4 Today, the cities of Palo Alto and Santa Clara have their own municipal water company. How about a new municipal utility company servicing neighborhoods that are currently serviced by SJWC, that will NOT be motivated by profit, but interested in serving to the best of it's capabilities. - see A4 below
#5 A sound financial model and approach. See A5 below for the financial analysis

Excited about this idea? Join this activist group groups.google.com/group/wateroversight
----------------------_DETAILS BELOW ---------------------

#A1 We are building a broad coalition engaging councilmembers from cities to converge behind this push back against rampant rate increases and more. Currently a councilmember** each from the following cities are on board: Cupertino, Monte Sereno, Milpitas, Sunnyvale and Saratoga . NOTE: Being on board does not mean the collective city council or the city have converged to this thought process..

#A2 Worldwide, 235 cities in 37 countries— including Paris, Budapest and Buenos Aires —  have taken stronger or total control of their water systems in the last five years.  In the U.S., 58 cities have taken or retaken control of private systems in the period, with the pace accelerating. Read this LA Times article http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-public-private-properties-20151015-story.html

#A3 California municipalities have been particularly active in reclaiming water systems. San Francisco purchased Spring Valley Water Company (SVWC) leading to the formation of San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC). SFPUC is a public agency of the City and County of San Francisco that provides water, wastewater, and electric power services to the city and an additional 1.9 million customers within three San Francisco Bay Area counties . Click on this article below that describes how eminent domain action led to California based Casitas Municipal Water District (“Casitas”) taking over operating assets of Golden State Water Company’s Ojai water system by eminent domain for approximately $34.5 million. Yes it can be done!  http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170413006178/en/American-States-Water-Company-Announces-Agreement-Resolve


#A4 Santa Clara and Palo Alto already have city owned and operated municipal utility company which is working very well for their residents i.e reasonable water rates, and NEVER surcharges. Twelve communities in Santa Clara County formed Silicon Valley Clean Energy, creating a community-owned agency  https://www.svcleanenergy.org/about-us that has created an alternative to PG&E. Why not a Silicon Valley Municipal Water - community owned water ?  All options will be considered - perhaps expand the existing San Jose Municipal Utility or Cupertino Municipal Utility. 

#A5 HOW DO WE FINANCE IT? With 229,000* metered connections, we anticipate a price tag of $700M - on the high side. An investment of $3,000 to $5,000 / family would be needed - financed upfront and spread the cost recovery over 10 years. Given that SJWC profited $222M in 7 years, we would have saved at least $350M in the next 10 years that could accelerate payments or credited back to the customers, or even better - rates lowered to ensure a break-even operation (remember - the new municipal utility is NOT driven by profits)

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See press coverage "Call for money back from SJWC" http://www.indiapost.com/rishi-calls-for-money-back-from-san-jose-water-company/
We want a municipal utility company. See the position of this Water Oversight group by watching this video https://youtu.be/g0OPuznJLig at the CPUC Public hearing on Nov 6th 2017 in San Jose

San Jose Water Company could have done a better job of warning it's customers of these super high water bills. But customers only found out about their four figure water bills after the fact. 

Water is a public asset and should be controlled by the community.  In spite of residents conserving, cutting back their water use 30% to 50% in 2015 and 2016 over 2013, the water bills have gone sky high. High bills don't reflect high water use. Nothing is more necessary to life than water.  

*SJWC provides water services to ~229,000 water meter connections (~1 million residents) that serve 80% of citizens of San Jose, some of Cupertino and all of Saratoga, Campbell, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, and unincorporated Santa Clara county

**NOTE: Titles are used for identification purpose only.

Videos (5)

— October 1, 2018 Kumar for Council 2018

Councilmember Rishi Kumar pushes back on San Jose Water Company's rate increase proposal at the November 6th 2017 public hearing. Rishi Kumar was the only elected leader from Saratoga who spoke at this meeting

— October 30, 2018 Kumar for Council 2018

This video demonstrates the method behind Councilmember Rishi Kumar's push for Neigborhood Safety Watch programs in Saratoga and dropping crime in Saratoga

Councilmember Rishi Kumar explains how Saratoga dropped crime by 47% from 2016 to 2017 at the Prides Crossing North Block party

— October 30, 2018 Kumar for Council 2018

Simple tips on how to stay safe and avoid a middle of the night break-in

— October 30, 2018 Saratoga CIty council meeting

A briefing situation on the safety situation

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