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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of SunnyvaleCandidate for City Council, Seat 1

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Gustav Larsson

Engineer/Sunnyvale Councilmember
22,316 votes (60.38%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Price and availability of all types of housing so our children and grandchildren can remain in the area
  • Traffic - More efficient use of our existing roads and providing housing near jobs to shorten commutes
  • Climate change - Find practical, effective steps to reduce our carbon footprint

Experience

Experience

Profession:Councilmember / Cybersecurity Engineer
Senior Software Architect, Dispersive Networks (2017–current)
Councilmember, City of Sunnyvale — Elected position (2014–current)
Board Member, Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency — Appointed position (2014–current)
Board Member (Alternate), Silicon Valley Clean Energy — Appointed position (2018–current)
Principal Software Engineer, Ciena (2001–2017)
Vice Mayor, City of Sunnyvale — Appointed position (2016–2017)
Planning Commissioner, City of Sunnyvale — Appointed position (2010–2013)

Education

Stanford University Symbolic Systems (Artificial Intelligence) (1989)

Community Activities

Member, Sunnyvale Rotary (2013–current)
Graduate, Leadership Sunnyvale (2009–2010)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Congressman Ro Khanna
  • Dianne McKenna, former Santa Clara County Supervisor and former Sunnyvale Mayor

Organizations (9)

  • Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers Association (PSOA)
  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • Sierra Club
  • BAYMEC
  • Democratic Club of Sunnyvale
  • Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters
  • Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club
  • South Bay Labor Council
  • South Bay YIMBY

Elected Officials (31)

  • Jim Cunneen, Former California Assemblymember
  • Paul Fong, Former California Assemblymember
  • Jerry Hill, California State Senate
  • Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor and former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Laurie Smith, Santa Clara County Sheriff
  • Evan Low, California State Assemblymember for the 28th District
  • Marc Berman, California State Assemblymember for the 24th District, including Sunnyvale
  • Glenn Hendricks, Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Larry Klein, Sunnyvale Vice Mayor
  • Jim Griffith, Sunnyvale Councilmember
  • Nancy Smith, Sunnyvale Councilmember
  • Russ Melton, Sunnyvale Councilmember
  • Pat Vorreiter, Former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • John Howe, Former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Tony Spitaleri, Former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Tara Martin-Milius, Former Sunnyvale Vice Mayor
  • Melinda Hamilton, Former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Jim Davis, Former Sunnyvale Vice Mayor
  • Dean Chu, Former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Pat Castillo, Former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Otto Lee, Former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Julia Miller, El Camino Healthcare District Board Member and Former Sunnyvale Mayor
  • Bill Wilson, Fremont Union High School District Trustee
  • Gilbert Wong, Foothill De Anza Community College District Trustee and former Cupertino Mayor
  • Jodi Muirhead, Santa Clara Unified School District Trustee
  • Nancy Newkirk, Sunnyvale School District Trustee
  • Reid Myers, President Sunnyvale School District
  • Roy Rocklin, Fremont Union High School District Trustee
  • Greg Scharff, Palo Alto Councilmember and Former Mayor
  • Larry Moody, East Palo Alto Councilmember and Former Mayor
  • Margaret Abe-Koga, Mountain View Councilmember and Former Mayor

Individuals (33)

  • Kyle Welch, Sunnyvale Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commissioner
  • Misuk Park, Former Sunnyvale Arts Commissioner
  • Douglas Kunz, Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • Daniel Howard, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Barbara Fukumoto, Former Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • Kristel Wickham, Sunnyvale Sustainability Commissioner
  • Ken Rheahume, Sunnyvale Planning Commissioner
  • Sue & Mike Serrone
  • Deborah Olson
  • Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto
  • Claude Nahum
  • Richard Mehlinger
  • Regis McKenna
  • Jessie Lin & Cyrus Fakhari
  • Mark Kato
  • Steve Hoffman
  • Stephanie Carles
  • Kristin & Buck Beardsley
  • Wayne Amacher
  • Meridee & Lynn Wendell
  • James Tuleya
  • Nancy Tivol
  • Arthur Low
  • Gail Swegles
  • Dick Smith
  • Judi Nickey
  • Terry Fowler
  • Margaret & Bob Lawson
  • Arley Marley III
  • Benita Kent
  • Leslie Bulbuk
  • Mary Bradley
  • Gary Bailey

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Ten years ago, a neighbor knocked on my door and said, "Do you know that a three-story office will be going up behind our houses?" We quickly organized a grassroots neighborhood effort. We successfully persuaded City Council to modify the project to better fit the neighborhood and add a signal light to redirect traffic. That's when I realized that one resident can make a difference.

Since you elected me to City Council five years ago, we finally have downtown moving forward, with a movie theater opening next year. I proudly supported our public safety officers who have kept Sunnyvale the safest city in America for the third straight year. And Sunnyvale led the way launching Silicon Valley Clean Energy, bringing 100% clean electricity that is cheaper than PG&E.

We have more to do. I'm concerned when people tell me they may have to leave Sunnyvale because of rising housing costs. Traffic is worse than ever. And we need to keep lowering our carbon footprint, so our kids will enjoy the same quality of life we did growing up.

That's why we need practical, real-life solutions like housing near transportation. We need to extend our new intelligent traffic signals to El Camino. We need to uphold Sunnyvale's renowned budgeting process and still keep adding to the 12 acres of park land City Council has already opened or approved in the last 5 years.

I have the proven leadership and experience on City Council to continue implementing these solutions effectively. I was chosen twice by my fellow councilmembers to serve as Vice Mayor. And my grassroots, neighborhood background gives me a personal understanding of what it is like for residents who approach Council for the first time with a request, because I had that same experience myself just ten years ago.

I respectfully ask for your vote on November 6th.

Videos (2)

Gustav talks about local housing issues on the "Sunnyvaleans" TV show, which originally aired September 2017.

— November 2, 2018 KMVT

Gustav's candidate statement, which airs on KMVT.

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