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City of Mountain ViewCandidate for City Council

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Sally J. Lieber

Environmental Advocate
14,276 votes (13.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • An equitable, safe recovery from COVID-19.
  • Creation and protection of affordable housing.
  • Strengthening our fight against climate collapse.



Profession:Environmental Advocate
Member, Board of Advisors, San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority — Appointed position (2010–current)
State Assemblywoman and Speaker pro Tempore, California State Assembly — Elected position (2002–2008)
City Councilwoman and Mayor, City of Mountain View — Elected position (1998–2002)
County Commissioner, Santa Clara County — Appointed position (1998–2002)


Stanford University AB, Political Science (current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mountain View Voice
  • Sierra Club
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Organizations (5)

  • Service Employees International Union - Local 521
  • Mountain View Housing Justice Coalition
  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • United Food and Commercial Workers
  • Mountain View Mobilehomes Alliance

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California and Elect Justice CA (2)

Does your office have any plans to include currently or formerly incarcerated people in your decision-making process as it relates to criminal justice issues? What would that look like?
Answer from Sally J. Lieber:

Yes. I have a long history of working with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people, and their families, on issues of criminal justice, conditions of incarceration, innocence determination, and safe re-entry. I am eager to see our City be represented on countywide issues involving jail conditions and new models for both the jails and Juvenile Hall. For too long, our City has not engaged actively in this space. I will lead us to re-engage in prevention, and a public health and family strength model of engagement on criminal justice issues, including working with individuals and key advocates. In addition, we should have a policy focus on the intersection of policing, developmental and cognitive disabilities, race and bias, and homelessness. 

With 8,000 people eligible for release from CA prisons to help stem the transmission of COVID-19, how, if at all, would your office aid these Californians and their families in navigating reentry?
Answer from Sally J. Lieber:

Our City should be working more closely with the County, with providers and builders of affordable housing, and with advocates in this area. Deferring to the League of California Cities on issues in this area is not fulfilling our responsibility to use policy to improve the lives of our constituents and all Californians. We can be effective in urging the County to serve these families through wrap-around services and additional outreach to the families of justice-involved youth and adults.

Questions from LWV Los Altos/Mountain View Area (2)

  What can the Council do to ensure people who work in Mountain View can also afford to live here?  
Answer from Sally J. Lieber:

We must turn around our policies and practices to ensure that we retain the affordable housing that we already have, preserve our mobilehome parks, and create new affordable housing, working with the County and non-profit partners. In doing so, we must be mindful of the need for affordable transit, adjacent to transit. Recent VTA cuts have made workforce transportation challenging, and Caltrain is priced above what most essential workers in our area can afford. We must also recognize that the necessity of vehicle dwelling in here to stay for a large number of core workers in our area. We must do more to ensure that vehicle dwelling is off-street and safe.

  What are the leadership qualities that will make you an effective Council Member?  
Answer from Sally J. Lieber:

I have extensive experience at the city, county, and state levels of government, and have navigated many crises to make effective changes in policy. I have a strong record of accomplishments and a strong record of working with colleagues to meet the community's needs and do so with progressive leadership. 

It's clear that a broader focus is needed now on housing, transportation, and critical environmental challenges like sea-level rise and energy use. I can bring the experience and commitment to meeting these challenges that is needed now.

Questions from LWV Mountain View Area (1)

  Describe your vision for the City’s downtown? Has the Covid experience changed that vision? How?  
Answer from Sally J. Lieber:

Mountain View's downtown has won many awards for its human scale and exemplary public space design. Now we must put more emphasis on ensuring that ground-floor spaces are filled with engaging retail, that there are spaces for youth, and key businesses to serve the proposed future housing there. We should also put an emphasis on pedestrian and bicycle connections with the downtown and with transit. 

We must assume that COVID will be impactful for the next couple of years and work to develop new ways of giving our downtown (and other) businesses more opportunities to thrive. We need to develop socially distanced models, that are accessible to all, as soon as possible. Many downtown businesses and businesses throughout the city are barely holding on in our current economic climate.

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