KEEP SARATOGA GREAT
RISHI KUMAR FOR SARATOGA CITY COUNCIL 2014
RISHI IS A CARING, INVOLVED HIGH ENERGY CITIZEN OF SARATOGA, WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF COMPASSION AND PASSION, LOVING AND CARING FOR OUR COMMUNITY
■ Former Planning Commissioner, Saratoga
■ Founder, "Saratoga's Got Talent" Annual Competition, the annual fundraiser for Saratoga Senior Center.
■ Saratoga Chamber of Commerce member, supporting Chamber events like Farmer's Market, Celebrate Saratoga, Saratoga Holiday Party and Wine Stroll, Christmas Karaoke and more.
■ De Havilland Circle neighborhood leader - initiated/implemented Neighborhood Watch, annual "Meet your Neighbors" block party, neighborhood preparedness committee and other projects.
■ Host of bi-weekly open mic at Blue Rock Shoot, Saratoga to bring in new foot traffic to our downtown, empower the young kids, intermingle in a fun family friendly community event
■ Former AYSO Soccer Saratoga Board Member (referee, Divisional Manager)
■ Chair, Saratoga Cares Foundation, focused on supporting local causes
■ Saratoga Boy Scout Troop 581 parent volunteer, father of an Eagle Scout
■ Founder, Saratoga Lego Robotics club for Saratoga Elementary and Middle School students; volunteered for Math Olympiad, Math Docent, Robotics.
■ Masters in Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut
■ High Tech Silicon Valley executive; worked in IBM, CISCO. General Manager of a Cloud Services Business Unit in Mountain View.
ON THE COUNCIL, RISHI WILL ACCOMPLISH THE FOLLOWING:
■ ENHANCE Saratoga's quality of life for a thriving family oriented community
- A vibrant commercial district that caters to and works for our families - let us work together to revitalize our downtown.
- Preserve and Enhance Senior Programs for our growing senior population
- Preserve and Protect our semi-rural ambiance that we all enjoy
- A safe community with minimal break-ins, petty thefts or identity thefts
Rishi has a track record of successful community service in Saratoga, as he loves Saratoga and believes in caring for all - empowering young kids/students, and addressing the needs of our Seniors.
■ REPRESENT Saratogans -- be your strong voice to address our quality of life issues such as:
- Highway 85 noise, pollution, spillover traffic into our city and congestion
- Protect Saratoga from becoming a high density housing community
Saratoga needs Rishi's leadership; that can demonstrate ability to work through issues, and ensure that Saratoga's needs are listened, acknowledged and met. That will be a focus for Rishi on the council.
■ Actively ENGAGE Saratoga’s citizen with our community through partnership and outreach programs, creating strong synergies and readily available, accessible information, build a public engagement, education process.
Rishi's charter these past few years working in the community has been citizen engagement, and he will continue to do so on the council.
■ OPTIMIZE AND ENHANCE city services and bring the Silicon Valley thinking, customer focus
- Make it easier for our citizens to work with the city
- Increase "customer satisfaction" and deliver stream-lined services
- Remove roadblocks and create efficiencies in our city government; bring accountability.
■ LISTEN to you and then make decisions; decision that will work for all.
- Decisions not made in a vacuum, but by incorporating citizen input, conducting town hall meetings in an open forum.
"On the council, I pledge to Keep Saratoga Great and thriving for our families! With my experience and learning on the Planning Commission, and as a community/neighborhood leader, I will work to enhance the quality of our lives, with prudent decisions, based upon your feedback"
ENDORSEMENT STATEMENT: "I look forward to your time, dedication and energy for the City of Saratoga. You are making a big impact in our community!!"
-LESLIE BUTLAR, Board member, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
Letters published in Saratoga News supporting Rishi - click here
PARTIAL ENDORSEMENT LIST
SENATOR JIM BEALL ENDORSES RISHI
"Rishi is a community leader who has put a lot of energy into making the City of Saratoga a better place for children, families and seniors. He listens and will be an excellent leader on the council. He has my full support for election to the City Council"
- SENATOR JIM BEALL
Rishi is one of the up and coming community leaders from our Assembly District that I have been impressed with. He has already done so much for Saratoga, and I fully endorse his run for city council. He will represent the citizens of Saratoga well”
- ASSEMBLYMEMBER PAUL FONG
"Rishi has contributed in many ways to the city of Saratoga. He has the energy, passion, and prudent thinking to complement his leadership. I expect good things once he is elected to city council. I fully endorse Rishi’s candidacy.”
- COUNTY SUPERVISOR CINDY CHAVEZ
"Rishi is a member of our city in the best possible way. He is passionately involved in the betterment of Saratoga in many aspects of our community, arguably unparalleled in his enthusiasm, and leads by example...."
MR JON JOWW, , REDWOOD MUSIC SCHOOL MUSIC DIRECTOR, SARATOGA RESIDENT
THE KUMAR FAMILY PICTURE
"Rishi is a man of action! If you want something accomplished, then Rishi is your man"
- BOB & SUSANNE KARLAK
"Rishi has strengthened the Saratoga community with his innovative unity building programs such as Saratoga's Got Talent and Saratoga Cares Foundation. He brings innovation, creativity as well as stability to our community"
- Zoe Cowherd Alameda, 3rd generation business owner, Saratoga
"I am happy to endorse Rishi Kumar for City Council. He is and has worked tirelessly with Saratoga has Talent which is his own creation. I am sure he will work with the same enthusiasm if we elect him it the City Council"
- BOB CANCELLIERI, SASCC BOARD MEMBER
"Rishi is a fun, happy guy who understands what it is like to be a socially active & responsible citizen- giving back to the community he lives in- to make it more robust, connected and secure. He thinks about social issues, voices his opinions fearlessly and takes positive actions that maker Saratoga more connected, communal andhappening! " -AARTI AWASTHI, CEO, artsybug | Trustee, Maitri