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Santa Clara County, CA November 2, 1999 Election
Council Member; City of Los Altos

Candidates (Vote for 3)
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Louis Becker 4,906 votes 25.6%

  • Occupation: Incumbent/Business Executive
  • 35 year resident of Los Altos
  • MS Degree in Civil Engineering
  • Successful business executive
  • Los Altos City Council since 1995
  • Los Altos Mayor 1999
  • Maintain balanced budget and replenish our emergency reserves.
  • Improve public safety, including speed enforcement in residential areas.
  • Clarify and improve building design guidelines.
Francis Albert La Poll 4,587 votes 23.9%
  • Occupation: Incumbent. Partner, Gilfix & La Poll Assoc. (tax & elderlaw)
  • Stanford Law School: J.D. 1984; University of Virginia: B.A. Economics (magna cum laude) 1981
  • Editor-in-Chief, Stanford Journal of International Law: 1983-84
  • Mayor: 1996-97; Mayor Pro Tem: 1995-96; Councilmember: 1995-present. Homeowner since 1987.
  • Board Member, Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority
  • Vice Chair, YMCA of the Midpeninsula Board of Directors
  • Led effort to acquire Rosita Park & multipurpose hall, then add soccer fields/ball diamond. School-City liaison committee; Coach: Little League & AYSO
  • As the only council member or candidate with children in local schools, I provide a voice for Los Altos families.
  • Preserve desirable neighborhood residential character and retain current density: Critical general plan and housing element updates are soon due.
  • Traffic safety; recreational facilities/open space; outside audits/city financial independence; city-school cooperation; underground utilities; ADA.
Kris Casto 4,231 votes 22.1%
  • Occupation: Business Owner
  • Incumbent
  • BS degree in Social Work
  • Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority, Member
  • Santa Clara County Housing & Community Development, Member
  • Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), Member
  • Challenge Team, Member
  • Working with youth programs promoting physical and mental health.
  • Revising the Residential Design Guidelines as well as Downtown Use & Design.
  • Keeping Los Altos safe by adequately funding police and emergency services
Ron Knecht 3,162 votes 16.5%
Noah D. Mesel 2,291 votes 11.9%
  • Occupation: Corporate Attorney, Lucent Technologies Inc. 1998-present
  • Area Resident 17 years; Los Altos homeowner since 1998
  • Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 1989-98
  • Member, House of Delegates of the American Bar Association 1988-89
  • Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law 1989
  • Lobbyist for California cities and community real estate developers 1986
  • Legislative Aide and Legislative Director, U.S. Rep. Ron Packard 1983-86
  • Protect and promote neighborhood and homeowners' rights
  • Establish better traffic management and better downtown parking
  • Promote compatible economic growth and appointment of Economic Development Coordinator

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  • Wednesday, Oct 27, 1999
    7:00 to 8:30pm
    Los Altos City Council Chambers
    1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos
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