Santa Clara County Voter's Guide On Children's Issues

City of Los Altos

Alex Rubashevsky

http://www.rubashevsky.com

Make the City more a attractive place and increase property values while increasing revenue by- streamlining renovation approval- welcoming businesses to come and provide services for residents while maintaining safety.- addressing housing shortage by creation “urban villages” and ADUs. Incentivize developers to build BMRs for Los Altos workers.

  1. Taking into consideration the profound impact of COVID-19 and the expanded movement for racial justice and equity, what do you think are the top three issues affecting our children and families and how do you propose to address them?

    1. Relax our non Covid restrictions on businesses indoors and outdoors in the downtown area while strictly enforcing Covid safety. Allow longer hours but demand strict compliance with state and county rules
    2. Take advantage of our great weather. Use City Parks for children activities like the Soccer program in Heritage Oaks park for kids of all ages, races and ethnicity.
    3. Since the Post-Covid world reduces worker dependency on proximity to the office we will compete with cheaper cities outside of Silicon Valley. This will drag down property values. To make City more attractive we should:
    - welcome remodeling to beautify the City by accelerating and streamlining approval process
    - Increase services to residents to make City the best place for families. Provide activity opportunities so families will be drawn to Los altos
    - Incentivize developers to provide BMR housing for workers in Los Altos, City first responders and teachers and to meet RHNA goals
    These measures will increase property values and City revenue

  2. How will the priorities you addressed in the first question be reflected in the way that you approach the budget process?

    1. Incentivize developers to increase housing in commercial areas with increased density allowances to build BMR units. Explain to the residents benefits of ADUs. These measures will help us meet RHNA goals and save litigation money.
    2. Individual home owners and developers will benefit from fast approval process including over-counter approval and will be happy to pay higher premiums for it.
    3. Allow businesses to work longer hours, use parks and City streets to provide more services for residents
    4. Welcome Children-related businesses (see below)
    The measures above will increase revenue

  3. What steps will you take to address the high cost and lack of availability of quality child care and preschool programs in our communities, especially for low-income children and English language learners?

    1. Welcome diverse Children-related businesses. Allow them to use the City Parks and Civic Center and underutilized facilities (like libraries).
    2. With increased city budget due to more business revenue and more planned city development, we can provide more civic services in our community center and other buildings. I remember a great success of the JCC in Palo Alto which in 1990-2000 became a real magnet for all children in the area. There were dance, music, theater studios, Russian language and math schools, chess, painting, swimming. Kids had a lot of activities there. As one of participants I really cherish this experience and would like to implement it in Los Altos.

  4. What steps will you take to improve inclusion and outcomes for children with special needs or with disabilities?

    The measures above will also include various activities for children with special needs. With a stronger income for the city, we can afford reduced fees for the building use to provide a jump-start for the civic services for all children. When the businesses mature they will be able to pay the rent. My plan works on increasing the city revenue through more development projects and increased fees for faster over the counter services for our residents.

  5. Much of the student achievement gap has been linked to the "opportunity gap" that low-income children and children of color experience, including lack of access to healthy food, preschool, tutors and enrichment activities. If elected, what steps will you take to address this issue?

    In our BMR program and affordable housing I would support housing for families where at least one person works in the city of Los Altos. I would implement expanded use of civic building for increased civic programs for our residents. The programs would be de-facto subsidized by the free or discounted rent of civic buildings like the library or new civic center to incentivize their creation..