Neysa Fligor is running for Los Altos City Council.
Fligor was first elected to the council in 2018, receiving the highest number of votes and winning every precinct. She served as mayor in 2020.
Prior to her election to the council, she served as a member and chair of the El Camino Healthcare District Board, a member of the Los Altos Grant Writing and Parks and Recreation Commissions, as deputy county counsel in Santa Clara County and counsel for various divisions at Hewlett Packard.
Fligor emphasized her accomplishments while on council and as mayor: working with the county on an all-affordable development, leading the hiring of a new city manage with Enander, increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates and advocating for financial responsibility. She was also proud of her support for the new community center, the downtown parklet program, the climate action and adaptation plan, safe routes to school funding, dog parks and forming a downtown theater working group.
“I’m running for re-election because I know I’ve made a positive difference in our city, and also also in the lives of residents,” Fligor said. “And there’s still a lot of work to be done. … I am running on my record, I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish over the last four years.”
Fligor supported the all-affordable project at 330 Distel, but acknowledged that Los Altos had issues meeting housing mandates in all price categories, not only the lower price categories built at 330 Distel.
“We need to make sure that we are building or supporting development in all the different income levels,” Fligor said. “So I support looking for more opportunities … to have more affordable housing developments in our community, but we also ended to build homes at the moderate income level.”
Fligor acknowledged that some residents have come to appreciate a rural feel in Los Altos, but emphasized the need for housing.
“I think we can have the housing and still maintain … this rural, green, low traffic community,” Fligor said. “With the state mandates and the demand and need for housing, we will need to have multifamily developments”
Fligor voted in favor of the city’s climate action and adaptation plan and if reelected, plans to implement environmental sustainability policies. She is also in support of preserving green space in the city.
“I support maintaining and protecting the green and open space we currently have, and working to secure more parks in all corners of Los Altos, especially the El Camino corridor,” Figor said. “We need to implement policies that incorporate resident feedback, rely on science and data [and] mitigate costs to residents.”
Los Altos also has a variety of neighborhood emergency response groups, which are essential in the case of a natural disaster. Fligor emphasized the need for the city council to support those groups.
Fligor serves on the board of CHAC as a representative of the council, also known as a joint powers agency. She mentioned a possible collaboration between the city and the Los Altos School District to do work on substance abuse, though nothing is official yet.
When it comes to funding, Fligor wants to continue a balanced approach.
“As a CHAC board member, we’re still trying to figure out what the right formula is for each [joint powers agency] to contribute, because the costs have gone up,” Fligor said. “So could we give more, yes, but there are other priorities in the city, and so we have to balance it all … if anything we should give more, not less.”
Fligor said that when looking at new development, traffic is a key concern of hers, and expressed support for the Complete Streets Master Plan.
“I support increasing the number of bike lanes in Los Altos to allow for cyclists of all ages to be able to bike safely, navigate the city easily and reach all corners of the city,” she said.
To learn more about Fligor, visit her website here.