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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?

Elected Officials (31)

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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