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Santa Clara CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 4

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Jason Baker

Attorney/Legislative Director
7,934 votes (11.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable Housing: We have an affordable housing and homelessness crisis. I have a track record of leading on affordable housing and homelessness. As your Supervisor I will keep at it.
  • Traffic/Transportation: I have represented every city in the County on transportation issues, and was an early and key leader on a groundbreaking traffic relief measure last election. I will keep at it.
  • Environment: I have a track record of working throughout the county to protect the environment. I led on the groundbreaking Community Choice Energy, bringing clean energy to the cities, plastic bags and more.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Public Interest Attorney, Former Mayor of Campbell
Public Interest Attorney (environment, consumer and worker protection), Law Office of Jason Baker (2011–current)
Legislative District Director, Evan Low/ California State Assembly (2015–2016)
City Councilmember, City of Campbell — Elected position (2008–2016)
Mayor, City of Campbell — Appointed position (2015–2016)
Board Member (15 Cities representative), Metropolitan Transportation Commission — Appointed position (2014–2016)
President, Santa Clara County Cities Association — Appointed position (2015–2015)
Mayor, City of Campbell — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Researcher (Public Health/Gun Violence), Violence Prevention Research Program (UC Davis Medical Center - Gun Violence Research Program) (1995–1997)
Forest Firefighter, U.S. Forest Service (1993–1994)

Education

Harvard Kennedy School of Government Certificate, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Executive Leadership Program (2014)
Santa Clara University School of Law J.D., Cum Laude, Law (2000)
University of California, Davis B.A., Political Science (1995)

Community Activities

Board Member, Valley Transportation Authority (2014–2016)
Chair, County Emergency Preparedness Council (SCC Emergency Operational Area Council) (2013–2016)
Chair/Board Member, Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority (to bring state of the art communications to first responders) (2014–2015)
Cities Representative (Representing 14 Cities in the County), Santa Clara County Housing/Homelessness Task Force (2015–2015)
Board Member, Rotary Club (Campbell/Willow Glen/West San Jose club) (2011–2012)

Biography

Jason Baker served as Mayor in Campbell twice, in 2011 and 2016. He was first elected to the Campbell City Council in November 2008. Jason served as Campbell’s Mayor in 2011 before returning to the role of Council Member to complete his four year term. In August 2012, Jason ran for re-election and was unopposed; he was appointed to serve an additional four-year Council term expiring November 2016. Jason also worked for the California State Assembly as District Director for Assemblymember Evan Low.

Jason earned his B.A. in Political Science at the University of California at Davis in 1995.

After graduation, he served as a Research Associate for the Violence Prevention Research Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine where he helped study gun violence from a public health perspective. Jason received his J.D., Cum Laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2000. In July 2014, he completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government executive education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Jason was elected to the Campbell City Council in November 2008 and served two terms as councilmember including two terms as Mayor of Campbell. During his tenure on the Campbell City Council, Jason was active on a number of boards and commissions, particularly in the areas of transportation and traffic relief, public safety and emergency preparedness. He was selected by peers from throughout the county to serve as Chair of the Santa Clara County Emergency Operational Area Council, Board Member and Chair of the Santa Clara County Library District Board of Directors, as Chair of the Santa Clara County Emergency Preparedness Council, as Chair of Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority and on the Santa Clara County Water District Advisory Board.

Finding common solutions to regional challenges has been a focus of Jason’s public service. Toward that end, he was unanimously selected by Mayors and Councilmembers throughout the County to serve as President of the Santa Clara County Cities Association, a group dedicated to regional solutions to Silicon Valley’s common issues. He also served as the West Valley Cities’ representative to the Valley Transportation Authority Board, and as the Santa Clara County Cities’ representative to the nine-county Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Toll Authority.

From 2010-2013, Jason was selected each year as a Peninsula Division representative to the California League of Cities Public Safety Committee where he also served on that committee’s Technology subcommittee. Jason is very happily married to his lovely wife Mairead; together they have a son, Eamonn, and a daughter, Rowan who attend public school in San Jose.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Judy Nadler (Former Mayor, Santa Clara)
  • 30 Current Mayors and Councilmembers Countywide
  • 10 of the 15 Mayors in the County

Organizations (1)

  • Dean Democratic Club (Sole Endorsement)

Elected Officials (18)

  • Mayor Jean Mordo (Los Altos)
  • Patricia Showalter (Councilmember/former Mayor) Mountain View
  • Jeanie Bruins (Councilmember/Former Mayor, Los Altos)
  • Savita Vaidhyanathan (Councilmember/former Mayor, Cupertino)
  • Susan Landry (Campbell City councilmember)
  • Vice Mayor Manny Capello (Saratoga)
  • Rod Sinks (Vice Mayor, Cupertino)
  • Mayor Glen Hendricks (Sunnyvale)
  • Mayor Steve Tate (Morgan Hill)
  • Mayor Rob Rennie (Los Gatos)
  • Former Santa Clara Mayor Judy Nadler
  • Rob Rennie (Mayor, Los Gatos)
  • Teresa O'Neill (Councilmember, Santa Clara)
  • Rich Waterman (Vice Mayor/ Campbell)
  • Mike Kotowski (Former Mayor, Campbell)
  • Dan Furtado (Former Mayor, Campbell)
  • Mary-Lynne Bernald (Mayor, Saratoga)
  • Mayor Paul Resnikoff (Campbell)

Individuals (4)

  • Professor Emeritus Timothy O'Keefe (Santa Clara University)
  • Environmental Law Professor Terry Trumbull (SJSU)
  • Liz Gibbons (Councilmember/Former Mayor, Campbell)
  • Jim Free (Co-Founder Veteran's Memorial Foundation)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have dedicated my life to public service. With your help, I hope to continue serving the people of Santa Clara County.

As a wildlands firefighter for the U.S. Forest service, I learned what hard work is. I will never forget how important our first responders are to our community.

As a lawyer, I dedicated close to a decade of hard work on litigation against polluters and companies who put profits over people. I worked to hold Exxon, Shell and half a dozen more oil companies accountable for their part in exposing workers to deadly chemicals.

As a public official, I have been fiscally responsible. When I was Mayor, Campbell put money back in its reserves for the first time in years. Even during the recession, we managed to erase a structural budget deficit without laying off any employees. In Campbell, we were the first in the County to come to a negotiated agreement with our police officers for a sensible two-tier solution to pension reform. While I was Mayor, we hired more police officers in Campbell and still kept the budget balanced. We have invested in parks and public art to help make Campbell the place people love to work live and play. I have worked to make the environment better, libraries more accessible, our first responders more respected and better prepared.

As County Supervisor, I want to continue that work. I will make sure that government and the private sector never forget our fellow residents who are poor, homeless, hungry or marginalized in any way.

And especially in these times, I will fight hard every day to protect our democratic ideals, including the rights of women, immigrants, all religious and ethnic groups, and members of the LGBTQ community.

Sincerely,

Jason

Position Papers

Climate change is real and we need to act at the County level to protect ourselves from disaster

Summary

When the Federal Government won't act on Climate Change, Cities and Counties need to step up so we can protect our planet, for this generation and the next. (Originally printed in the Santa Clara Weekly)

Climate change is real and we need to act at the County level to protect ourselves from disaster

When I was a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, fire seasons were shorter, and on average, less intense. The work was challenging and rewarding, but exhausting, and I was thankful when the weather changed, bringing back the rain and reducing the risk of wildfires.

Twenty-plus years later, we see more and more wildfires and other devastating natural disasters, and climate change is at the front and center as the cause. We’ve seen California wildfires, flooding in Texas and San Jose, and hurricanes on the East Coast. These extreme events are happening more often; they are more severe. We now face wildfire seasons that are more than a month longer than they were 35 years ago.

It isn’t just fire: we only have to look to flooding in San Jose last year to see this serious and devastating change in weather, following a severe drought that threatened local and state farmland and water supplies.

These climate change-fueled disasters demand that we make preparation at the Santa Clara County and State levels by getting serious about our emergency management systems and about climate change.

As former Chair of Santa Clara County’s Emergency Operational Area Council for three terms, I know firsthand what’s at stake. Emergency management professionals used to be able to prepare for a disaster, deal with a disaster, and recover from a disaster. Now, our emergency professionals are stretched thin and are constantly in preparation, response and recovery simultaneously. As we deal with one imminent threat, we are cleaning up from another, and preparing for the next.

We have to face the facts. Climate change is real, it is hurting our communities, and with the federal government denying the science of climate change, it’s up to us to act at the local level.

First, we can proactively deal with fires, floods and drought by shoring up our local infrastructure, especially dams, roads and bridges. These are investments that cannot wait.  We also must continue to invest in more professional emergency managers and first responders. The risk of disaster is higher now than ever before; our commitment to our first responders needs to reflect that in numbers, tools and training. 

Second, we must continue the fight against climate change by investing in mass transit to reduce greenhouse gasses. That’s why I voted to put Measure B on the ballot and bring BART to San Jose and Santa Clara, and why I voted to invest in electric busses in our County on the Valley Transportation Authority.

Finally, we have to consider how we meet our dire need for housing in a smart, climate-friendly way. That means building housing near transit centers and reducing toxic emissions that contribute to climate change.

There are few challenges as serious as protecting our community from disasters, and that must be one of the top priorities of our Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The consequences of inaction are dire. I believe in Good Government and that means addressing these issues now. Together, we can ensure a safer Santa Clara County for everyone.

County Must Stand up to Trump on Immigration

Summary

We're getting such an example of what bad government can do at the national level. We need to stand up as a local government and show what good government can do, including standing up for immigrant rights, LGBT rights, healthcare and environmental rights. 

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