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Special District

El Camino Healthcare DistrictCandidate for Director

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Mike Kasperzak

Strategic Policy Consultant
16,637 votes (16.77%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Work to increase transparency and openness where ever possible in Board processes.
  • Ensure El Camino Hospital is financially sustainable and remains a community owned resource.
  • Prepare El Camino Hospital for a successful transition to a single payor healthcare system.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Strategic Policy Consultant & Former Mountain View
Consultant, Kasperzak Public Affairs (2017–current)
Director, Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency — Appointed position (2011–current)
Mediator, Dispute Resolution Specialists (1993–2017)
City Council, City of Mountain View — Elected position (2009–2017)
Mayor, City of Mountain View — Appointed position (2012–2012)
City Council, City of Mountain View — Elected position (1999–2007)
Mayor, City of Mountain View — Appointed position (2003–2003)
Litigation Partner, Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon (1982–1993)

Education

University of California, Hastings College of the Law Juris Doctor, Litigation (1982)
Lewis and Clark College Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration and Economics (1976)

Community Activities

Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, Los Altos Community Foundation (2018–current)
Board of Directors, League of California Cities (2009–2016)
Board of Directors, National League of Cities (2011–2016)
President, League of California Cities (2011–2012)
Board of Directors, League of California Cities (2004–2006)

Biography

Mike Kasperzak is a Public and Government affairs consultant representing a wide variety of clients, including start-ups, non-profits and developers, as well as serving as the California Field Representative for the National League of Cities.  He served on the Mountain View City Council for eight years, serving as Mayor in 2003, was re-elected to a new four year term in 2008 and was subsequently re-elected in 2012. He has served two terms as Mayor. Prior to his election to the City Council, Mike served three years as a Parks & Recreation Commissioner and two years as a member of the Environmental Planning Commission.  He is also ran for the California State Legislature representing the 24th Assembly District in 2016.

 

During his public service career, Mike has served on the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency Board, the Santa Clara County Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission, the Bay Area Economic Forum and various committees of the Valley Transportation Authority and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.  He served as President of the League of California Cities in 2012 and as First Vice President of the Santa Clara County Cities Association in 2006.

 

Mike has also served as Chair of the League’s Revenue & Tax Committee and currently serves on both the League’s Board of Directors and the Board of the Institute for Local Government.  He also Chaired the Finance, Adminstration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Policy Steering Committee, the Leadership Training Institute Task Force, the Health Care Task Force and served on the Strategic Planning Task Force of the National League of Cities where he currently serves on the Board of Directors.  

 

Professionally, Mike was a commercial mediator with Silicon Valley Mediation Group, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Nextdoor.com, a San Francisco based neighborhood social networking startup.  Prior to establishing his mediation practice, Mike practiced law for 11 years as a defense trial attorney specializing in Aviation and products liability.

 

Actively involved in the community, Mike has been involved with El Camino Hospital for well over a decade, having served in fund-raising and community affairs capacities and has served on the Planned Giving and Genomics Institute committees.  He has also Co-Chaired the Los Altos Community Foundation and served as Chair of KMVT, the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; the local chapter of the American Red Cross where he also served as a national management volunteer at Red Cross Headquarters; and he has served on the Board of Directors of Acterra, the Community School of Music and Arts, Avenidas, the Santa Clara County Bar Association and Lewis and Clark College.  

Who supports this candidate?

Political Beliefs

Politically I am a fiscally responsible socially progressive democrat, the only such candidate in this race.  I believe in single payer healthcare, and believe the District and hospital should be preparing for this next step in the growth of our healthcare system.

As a District Director, the board is primarily concerned with governance issues and conducting its business in an open and transparent manner.  While the law permits public agencies to meet in closed session, it does so only for very specific reasons, such as property negotiations and the like.  I believe that meeting in closed session should be the exception rather than the rule, and that every effort should be made to meet in front of the public and the press.  Failure to do diminishes the confidence of the public in their governmental agencies.

It is also important that the board reflect the community it serves in all aspects.  Although the District Offices and the main hospital campus are in Mountain View, there are no members on the District Board from Mountain View.  While the current board members do their best to represent the whole district, the impacts caused by the hospital are unique to Mountain View, and I believe there should be a Board Member from the city that experiences the most impacts, and has the greatest number of voters in the district.  I have lived in and served the Mountain View community for over 40 years, and am uniquely qualified when it comes to understanding the issues facing the City.

Candidate Contact Info

Email kasperzak4echd@gmail.com

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