By Patricia Lilliston
According to the Town Charter, the Mountain View town council serves as the governing authority for the town. The council consists of six citizens who are elected at large for a four-year term. Functional tasks addressed by the town council include strategic planning, annual budget preparation, policy and procedural development, and overseeing essential town regulations and codes.
By Tuesday, Nov. 7, Election Day, Mountain View voters will elect three council members from among the slate of four candidates. Lisa Maurath, Mladenka V. Boehrer, Leola M. Boone and Kathleen S. Bailey are seeking a council seat on the Mountain View governance board.Recently, all four candidates responded to questions addressing topics specific to the individual rationale for seeking public office, the challenges facing the community, aspirations for the town, and leadership qualities.
A Mountain View resident for 19 years, and formerly a member of the town council, council candidate Lisa Maurath declares, “I am well versed in the challenges facing the town, and the difficulties in achieving positive results.”
Maurath perceives the town’s infrastructure and economic development as the most significant challenges facing the community. She acknowledges that the two areas of concern are intertwined.
“With an aging infrastructure and a lack of incentives for economic development, the town is less inviting to developers.” Maurath asserts that the implementation of an achievable five-year project management plan would prompt favorable results.
“Being a member of town council is a huge responsibility. My approach to challenges and issues is to address them head on, not to put anything aside for another day or meeting.”
Mladenka V. Boehrer
“I feel I can make a difference by being a new face on the board, and as a minority woman,” states bilingual council candidate Mladenka Boehrer.
Boehrer notes that increased street lighting, sewer and drainage improvements are the priorities for Mountain View. She is an advocate for hosting more community meetings, and social events as a means to open dialogue to ultimately, strengthen communication within the town.
To support this objective, Boehrer aspires to secure a building large enough to provide space for the community meetings and social gatherings. She realizes the challenge for funding infrastructure improvements and community structural renovations. She is committed to maintaining and increasing the town revenues.
“I will work to find options, funds and solutions for town projects. I will work tirelessly to make sure every voice in our town is heard.”
Leola M. Boone
A Colorado native, long-standing Mountain View resident, and current member of town council, council candidate Leola Boone announces, “I am proud to be a council member of Mountain View. It gives me hope that we can all gain from the current serviceable political system to keep our small town stable.”
Boone, a Berkeley political science graduate, expresses her commitment to the town through a continued contribution to the community governance structure. She supports economic development, public safety, and public works endeavors.
“This will be my last time to serve my town. There is strength and benefit in the unity that the council derives from the governance structure. This type of equanimity helps in the decision process.”
Kathleen S. Bailey
As a relatively new member in the community, council candidate Kathleen Bailey expresses a love for the town, a joy in meeting, talking, and listening to residents. “Let’s work together to make a better Mountain View,” urges Bailey.
Bailey views the size of Mountain View as both a challenge and an asset. She will seek alternative sources of revenue to better diversify the town’s economic base. Bailey aspires to improve the town’s waste management practices by encouraging household composting and recycling standards.
“I will work to foster a deeper sense of community, and to adopt sustainability measures to promote economic vitality, community health, and environmental protection.”
Currently pursuing a Ph.D in public affairs, Bailey has been employed in nonprofit, public, and private agencies at both the state and federal level.
“I want to give back to my community and put my doctoral training and my diverse employment history to practical use to bring positive change to the town.”