Here’s food for thought … Two ears and one mouth. Use them proportionally.
In nearly three decades in public policy, I’ve learned that the best time to speak with elected officials is when they are still candidates. They still listen more than speak, and are often wonderfully candid in sharing their positions and views.
Two weeks ago, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group openly posted City Council Candidate responses to five key policy issues impacting San Jose and Silicon Valley. Nineteen of the 21 candidates responded. We recently received another response from District 8 Candidate Pat Waite.
To read the completed questionnaire from Mr. Waite and the 19 other candidates, please visit the Silicon Valley Leadership Group website at svlg.org. All 20 responses are thoughtful, enlightening and clear. Democracy works best when we as citizens are well-informed, and when candidates are listening to those who’s votes they are seeking.