Los Gatos Town Council Candidate Statement: Marcia Jensen

Planning Commission chairwoman is seeking her first four-year term on the Council in an uncontested race that includes Vice Mayor Barbara Spector running for re-election.

Editor's Note: Los Gatos Patch will be publishing candidate statements beginning today for all the local races affecting town residents. This is the statement voters will see on the ballot Nov. 6 for Planning Commission Chairwoman Marcia Jensen, who's on her first bid for public elective office. with no write-in contenders and only one other candidate being Vice Mayor Barbara Spector who's hoping for a third four-year term. The Council is proceeding with an election at a cost of $37,700.

Los Gatos is special. Our beautiful natural setting, small-town charm, vibrant downtown, great schools, and extraordinary quality of life are truly unique. That is why I came here in 1985 and raised two children who graduated from Van Meter, Fisher, and Los Gatos High School.

I was first appointed to the Planning Commission in 1989. I served for 10 years, two as chair. I am proud of my role in restoring our Town after the earthquake and in drafting our Downtown Design and Hillside Guidelines.

In 2003, I worked to recommend improvements to the Fisher curriculum before returning to the Planning Commission in 2008. As chair, I can see that Los Gatos has reached a critical tipping point. The choices we make today will determine whether we can preserve and protect the character of our Town tomorrow.

On the Council, I will work to restore transparency and balance to decision-making, to assure that policies which were thoughtfully developed to preserve the Town's character are followed, and to give careful consideration to the combined effects Council decisions will have on our streets, schools, and environment.

Los Gatos is our home. Let's work together to preserve what we all love about it.


To read Jensen's candidate profile, please click here.

Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz September 28, 2012 at 08:33 PM
The Best of Luck to you Marcia!
Larry Arzie September 29, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Marcia may not be the best politician as she is direct and doesn't mince words. This may be a bad thing if she wants to run for president, but for a Town that has lost it's way it is wonderful. In industry when things go sour they can the CEO and bring in a hard nose leader. She knows the rules (our general plan and it's regulations) and she know how to stand up for them. She often is the only decenting vote on the town planning commission because she votes for her constituencies benefit not for unbridled growth. So a vote for her this November is a vote for bringing back integrity to our town.
jak vannada October 02, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Marcia is an excellent choice for council. It's much better to have a person with her planning commission experience that someone coming aboard that does OJT at our expense. VOTE FOR MARCIA JENSEN
Sandra Vaurs October 02, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Both Marcia's and Barbara's education, experience and backgrounds are gold for Los Gatos. They truly care about our quality of life. Issues like traffic, schools and neighborhoods that people need and want to live in will be supported and promoted by both of these super ladies. We are lucky to have such qualified people to represent us.


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