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Special District

East Palo Alto Sanitary DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Martha G. Stryker

Elementary School Teacher
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure environmentally responsible practices in the disposal of waste water. Climate change is happening fast and governments need to make major changes immediately.
  • Keep sewer service charges low for homeowners, no increase in the upcoming budget! Investigate connection fees to ensure that they are fair & equitable.
  • Work to repair the reputation of EPASD and create transparency for the public.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Elementary School Teacher
First Grade Teacher, Beechwood School, Belle Haven/Menlo Park (2016–2019)
Teacher (2nd, 3rd, 4th), Lake View Elementary School, Madison Metropolitan School District (2006–2016)
Teacher, Kindergarten, John Swett Elementary School, San Francisco Unified School District (2005–2006)

Education

San Francisco State University California Teaching Credential, Multiple Subject - Elementary (2005)
University of California, Santa Cruz Bachelor of Arts, Global Economics (2001)

Biography

I was raised in East Palo Alto, lived through the struggles of the 80's-90's, participated in community events and stood vigil on street corners with my family and neighbors to discourage drug dealers and their out-of-town clients. I attended Sacred Heart Preparatory High School and was a member of the East Palo Alto Youth Council. I then received a BA in Global Economics from UC Santa Cruz in 2001. After college, I moved to San Francisco and continued my education at San Francisco State University where I earned a CA Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and started my teaching career in the Tenderloin. I then lived in Madison, Wisconsin for 10 years and taught in a small school in a large district. I learned a great deal about politics, community organizing and the collective power of the people during the 2011 protests after the governor of Wisconsin stripped teachers and all public employees of our union rights and collective bargaining. I served as building representative to the city teachers' union. I have served on the board of Directors of Fieldguides, Inc., outdoor education program since 2005 as well as several years on the board of the non-profit wilderness summer camp, Camp Unalayee.  My family and I returned to East Palo Alto in 2016.  I taught 1st grade in the community for 3 years and now I am a full time mother and family caregiver. I see my role on the EPASD as an opportunity to serve my community and apply my skills and patience in a new setting.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a mother of three children and an elementary school teacher, the future of the planet we are leaving to our kids weighs heavily on my mind. I was raised in EPA and have been back living here with my family since 2016. Seeing the rapid changes happening in our small city, I want to get involved in my community again. I know that every action has an impact on those around us, and I am hoping to be part of positive improvements in our community by joining the Board of Directors of the East Palo Alto Sanitary District. 

The homeowners within the district should be protected and respected as it is their sewer service charges which pay for the operations of the EPA Sanitary District. I know first hand that connection fees for adding a bathroom can be prohibitive when we just want to make room for priced-out family members to be able to stay here in our hometown. I am strongly against increasing sewage service charges in the next budget. 

Also, the way that our waste is processed currently creates greenhouse gases known to be adding to global warming.  As we all know, our city on the edge of the Bay is at great risk of flooding from sea level rise. It is very urgent that we make all the changes we can to slow and stop climate change. I support the use of new low-carbon technology in the treatment plant where we send our waste water.  

This small board, in this small city, has the power to make a significant difference and influence our larger neighbors in the Bay Area, and beyond. I will speak up for our environment, for protecting our clean water, reducing our carbon footprint, and keeping fees low for residents and homeowners. I have been invested in our East Palo Alto community since the days when I was riding bikes with neighborhood kids, and will remain committed to the future for my three children, and all of our neighborhood kids.

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