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Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2003 Election
Council Member; City of Los Altos Voter Information

4 Year Term.

Results as of Nov 13 10:03am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (21/21)
(22 Writein Votes 0.10%)
Candidates (Vote for 3)
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David Casas Click here for more information about this candidate 4,719 votes 21.96%

  • Occupation: Finance Manager, Johnson & Johnson
  • 15 Year of Business and Management Experience
  • MS Degree in Technology Management
  • Los Altos School Board Member since 1999
  • Los Altos Parks, Arts & Recreation Commission since 1999
  • Maintain a balanced budget, while also building up our emergency reserves
  • Improve public safety, including traffic enforcement in residential areas
  • Clarify and improve existing building design guidelines
Ronald D. Packard Click here for more information about this candidate 4,239 votes 19.72%
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • Law Degree, Hastings Law School.
  • MBA, UC Berkeley
  • President, Packard, Packard & Johnson
  • Los Altos Education Foundation, Boardmember
  • Mountain View City Coucil, and Mayor in 1980's
  • Los Altos Citizens' Financial Advisory Committee
  • Protect existing neighborhood character, and work with residents for traffic calming.
  • Preserve the charm of our downtown village, while encouraging the vitality of the businesses.
  • Maintain a balanced budget for our city, a likely challenge as the State eventually deals with its deficits.
Robert "Curtis" Cole Click here for more information about this candidate 3,688 votes 17.16%
  • Occupation: Engineer/Software Manager
  • Los Altos Planning Commissioner '99-present
  • Los Altos Citizens Financial Advisory Committee '96-'99
  • Los Altos Elementary School Budget Review Committee '01-present
  • BS University of Michigan
  • MS Stanford University
  • Create an effective means of addressing our traffic concerns
  • Resolve our community pool issues
  • Improve our relations with our public safety professionals
Francis Albert La Poll Click here for more information about this candidate 3,475 votes 16.17%
  • Occupation: Incumbent
  • Mayor (twice). Councilmember (Incumbent). Current/past Boardmember: YMCA (chair); Foothill-DeAnza Foundation; Los Altos Little League.
  • Los Altos School District: Citizens' Advisory Finance Committee.
  • Coach: AYSO and Little League. LAEF volunteer.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Stanford Journal of International Law 1983-84. Law Clerk, Hon. Procter R. Hug, Jr., U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (1984-85).
  • Stanford University: J.D.; Virginia: B.A. Economics (magna cum laude).
  • Married. Six children (ages: 13,12,11,9,7, 2). Covington and Egan schools
  • Preserve neighborhood residential character and downtown ambience.
  • Implement Neighborhood Traffic Safety Plan & Safe Routes to School projects with city traffic engineer dedicated to facilitate.
  • Work with schools; regain community swim facility, and well-sited, in-scale downtown theater. Continue prudent budgeting.
Val Carpenter Click here for more information about this candidate 2,824 votes 13.14%
  • Occupation: Business Executive
  • Stanford MBA; BS in Business, Indiana U.
  • 15 yrs as VP Marketing in Silicon Valley
  • 2000 YWCA of SCC TWIN Honoree
  • Chair, Los Altos Historical Commission
  • Assistant Leader, Girl Scout Troop 321
  • 49; married; 2 teens; 12-year resident
  • Privacy of Existing Residential Properties
  • Community Amenities, including Swimming Pool & Small Hotel
  • Fiscal Responsibility & Local Budget Control
Jeannice (Fairrer) Samani Click here for more information about this candidate 1,631 votes 7.59%
  • Occupation: Business Development Consultant
  • Citizen Advisor Representative - Housing /Community Development Committee of Snata Clara County-served 6 years
  • Doctorate (completion 2004), Business Adimistration
  • Masters-City/Regional Planning-UC Berkeley
  • B.A.-Political Economy-Economics-UC Berkeley
  • Management Development Entreprenuership-Anderson Business School
  • Educator-K-College Level, certified Trainer-Business/Economics
  • Quality of Life
  • Economic vitality in Downtown
  • Governement Position Paper-Accountability for Performance Management
Christopher Friendly "Chris" Nicholson Click here for more information about this candidate 448 votes 2.08%
  • Occupation: Student
  • Reed College Freshman
  • Los Altos High School Graduate, Class of 2003
  • Maintaining a fiscally responsible budget without abandoning Los Altos values
  • Building consensus around important issues while examining them with a fresh viewpoint
  • Increasing the commitment of Los Altos to youth
Steven R. Smiley 445 votes 2.07%
  • Occupation: Business Manager

Basic candidate data supplied by the applicable elections official. All candidates have been invited to supply additional information to Smart Voter. Order of candidates is random and changes daily.
  Candidates Answer Questions

The the League of Women Voters of Los Altos-Mtn. View Area has asked all candidates for this office to respond to 3 questions on Swim complex, Parking, and Creeks.

News and Analysis

Los Altos Town Crier - Oct. 22, 2003
campaign financial reports

Los Altos Town Crier - Oct. 15, 2003
candidate views on downtown hotel

Los Altos Town Crier - Oct. 15, 2003
information about candidates

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

  • Thursday, Oct. 23, 7-9:30 p.m., (City Council candidates 7:40 - 8:45), Covington School Multi-Purpose Room, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos.
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