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City of SunnyvaleCandidate for City Council, Seat 7

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Tara Martin-Milius

17,828 votes (44.53%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Globally, Climate Change and environmental mitigations for the impacts. Solutions include: clean energy through Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority and fuel-switching from fossil fuels to electricity; Recycled water, potable and non-potable.
  • Regionally, Traffic and Transit, solutions include: local shuttles to and from transit centers; HOV lanes, toll lanes; signal sequencing; bike lanes and connectivity; ‘grand boulevard’ design for attractive and multi-modal mobility.
  • Regional/local, Housing Affordability, solutions include: affordable housing projects, more housing at all levels; mixed use design, “village living” nodes of high density housing and mixed use at transit hubs. Housing First initiatives.



Teacher, UCSC, Extension (1989–current)
Member and current Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water District Advi, Santa Clara Valley Water District — Elected position (2012–current)
League of California Cities Environmental Quality Policy Committee, cu, League of California Cities representing City of Sunnyvale — Appointed position (2012–current)
League of California Cities Women's Caucus, Founding Member and Board, City Council of the City of Sunnyvale — Appointed position (2013–current)
Local Agency Formation commission of Santa Clara County, Vice Chair, 2, Cities Association of Santa Clara County — Elected position (2016–current)
SIlicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCEA) alternate, City Council of the City of Sunnyvale — Appointed position (2016–current)
CEO, Center for Corporate Learning (1992–2004)
Various mgmt. levels from Supervisor to Mangers, Trainer to OD Consultant, Various, including Intel, AMCC, Signetics, Health Dimensions (1987–1999)


University of San Francisco Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, BSBA; Master's degree in Organizaiton Development, MOD, Management and Behavioral Science. (1987)

Community Activities

Chair, Volunteer, San Miguel Neighbors Association (1998–current)
San Miguel Messenger (newsletter), writer and editor, San Miguel Neighbors Association (2003–current)
Volunteer, SNAP graduate, for disaster preparedness, Sunnyvale Neighbors Actively Prepare (2007–current)
SMNA organizer: Free produce, seedling and seed exchange, San Miguel Neighbors Association (2010–2011)
Volunteer, Green at Home (performing Energy audits, Acterra and the City of Sunnyvale (2008–2010)


As a Military child, I had the great good fortune to have lived and travelled in diverse communities in the South Pacific.  I then returned to California, finishing primary and high school in Vacaville, and lived in the Bay Area for College.  I earned my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and my Master's degree in Organization Development while working in the semiconductor industry. 

After working in various companies at various levels of management, I left the corporate world to form my own training and consulting business.  We focused on management communications and change for both corporate and non-profit clients.  I still teach at UCSC Extension regularly.

For the last decade I've been an active leader for an ethnically diverse neighborhood.  In this role, I liaised with the City on issues that affected our community.  (I continue to co-chair the San Miguel Neighbors Association.) I applied for and was appointed to Arts Commission.  After four years, I ran for City Council.

My passions as an environmental activist and Master Gardner are organic gardening, composting, water conservation and sustainable energy practices--both within Sunnyvale and regionally. Environment, sustainability, water, waste, energy, land use and transportation are all part of the complex system that we must manage wisely. We need to make decisions that support not only our own lives, but also our grandchildren's lives. It will take us all working together.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am committed to doing all I can to achieve fairness, equality and justice-for-all.  I strive to achieve these ideals through inclusion, choice, and commitment to these ideals. In practice this means listening to hear all stakeholders, not just the loudest or angriest; and looking for all viewpoints, not just a few.


Videos (3)

A 3 minute summary of the accomplishments and goals of incumbent Council Member Tara Martin-Milius

— October 19, 2016 John Cordes, Producer for Random Access TV

Energize Sunnyvale!  A "do it yourself" kit you can check out at the library to save energy in your home.  This 20 minute interview of Elaine Marshall, Sunnyvale's Environmental Programs Manager, by Tara Martin-MIlius, will introduce you to the DIY Kit and practical things to do in your home to save energy, reduce waste and save money.

Sustainability Forum — October 23, 2016 Sunnyvale Cool and Sustainable, Livable Sunnyvale

A moderated forum of questions and answers for Sunnyvale City Council seats 4, 5, 6, 7, for the November 8, 2016 election.

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