A timely interview
When I was first asked if I would like to be interviewed for an issue of Atherton Living, I thought it would be a fun thing and accepted readily. Then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I had a lot to say. At that time, I had already been serving on the Atherton Environmental Programs Committee for a while. Even so, a committee that meets every two months or so does not accomplish a lot and I was trying to figure out how I could get more involved with helping Atherton address a wide range of issues impacting our community and our environment. I initially wasn’t thinking at all about running for council.
In the course of thinking about what issues mattered to me and how such issues similarly affect other Atherton residents, I realized that more needs to be done to protect our amazing community. I spent quite a bit of time probing deeply about what it is I think we need to do to best protect our community from urgent threats like Covid-19, forest fires, air pollution and other emergencies like earth quakes, I saw the vital importance of maintaining close and collaborative relationships with our police and fire fighters, whose jobs it is to help protect us, our homes and the safety of our neighborhoods. Many communities do not have this. It seems that fresh voices are needed on the city council to repair tensions that have been built by questioning the value of those service.
Additionally, it has long concerned me that our our city council has refused to join with our surrounding communities in figuring out good ways to deal with the serious long-term risks associated with climate change. Here again, the idea of getting involved with the council to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas made total sense.