Name: Isaac Stringer
Running for: Milpitas City Council
Why are you running?
I have observed a lack of common sense in the current political leadership, caused primarily by a lack of thoughtful decision-making. Decisions are now made with little or no consideration of “unintended consequences” and at the direction of one individual (the Mayor), whose ego doesn’t allow for dissent. This results in shallow and poor decisions. I have the skills to help my fellow councilmembers use better processes to make better decisions for the benefit of our Milpitas Family.
What’s the biggest problem facing Milpitas right now? And how would you intend to solve it?
The single biggest problem facing our City at this time is the lack of experience working together to bring forward and implement new family-centered programs and activities. We will, with my input, not only develop these skills, but also enjoy the experience.
What would your priorities be should you get elected?
Introduce structured decision-making processes. Implement an internship program for high school students. This will give them exposure to serious research opportunities as well as making presentations to governing bodies. I will implement additional special meetings on topics of community concern and/or interest. As “special meetings,'” the Council can join in the discussion without violating the Brown Act. And I’ll review decisions made over the past six years to correct poorly conceived or written documents.
What can you bring to the table that you feel no other candidate can bring?
I have had specific and in-depth training in facilitating problem-solving meetings. I have also done training of others in these skills. I have an earned Master of Arts degree in Community Development and Public Service.
Where do you see Milpitas 10 years from now?
I see Milpitas as the envy of the South Bay. We can easily improve our quality of life, improve public safety, and have many more community leisure activities (music concerts, festivals, etc.) and improved transit. In that regard, we have already shown some movement. The next step is to install the Personal Rapid Transit (LoopWorks) system to serve the rest of our City.
Who is your inspiration, and why?
I have been inspired by many people in my life. Ralph Bunche, Cesar Chavez, and Martin Luther King, among others. But, if I have to choose one, it would have to be John Lewis. Beyond being an icon of the Civil Rights movement, he was a lion in the House of Representatives. He was steadfast in his dedication to the high principles of democracy and the values we all ascribe to. One of his favorite sayings that has always inspired me to be balanced is “let’s go make some good trouble.”
Can you tell us one interesting thing about yourself that other people don’t really know about?
I am an Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow recipient.
What’s your favorite spot in Milpitas?
Taqueria Las Vegas, Mils Diner, and any of our great city parks.
What do you think is the most exciting thing happening in Milpitas right now?
This election, because we have the opportunity to set a new and positive course for the future.
What do you love most about Milpitas?
People in Milpitas are universally kind, warm, and welcoming.