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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of MilpitasCandidate for City Council

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Gwan Alisantosa

Senior Product Manager
3,207 votes (10.31%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure to m aintain top quality public safety and city services
  • Work with all stake holders to address traffic issues
  • Work together with the school district to help them address the students enrollment growth



Profession:Senior Product Manager/President Milpitas Unified School District Board of Trustees
Senior Product Manager, Supermicro (2015–current)
President, Board of Trustees, Milpitas Unified School District — Elected position (2015–current)
Member, Board of Trustees, Milpitas Unified School District — Elected position (2008–current)
Vice President, Board of Trustees, Milpitas Unified School District — Elected position (2014–2015)
Senior Manager/Manager/Staff Engineer, Sun MIcrosystems, Inc (1996–2009)
Member, Milpitas Planning Commission — Appointed position (2006–2008)


University of Southern California MS degree, Computer Engineering (1983)
University of Southern California BS degree, Electrical engineering (1981)

Community Activities

Neighborhood Watch Captain, Hillcrest Estates area (1995–current)
Member, SAFE Team 2, Milpitas (2002–current)


* Milpitas resident of 26 years

* Married to Susi 26 years

* Raised 2 daughters in Milpitas

* Experience both in private and public sector

* Experience in high technology businesses:

   People Manager

   Product Manager

   Software, Firmware Development Engineer

   Author/co-author or 13 US patents

* Past experiences include:

   Milpitas Planning Commission

   Milpitas Telecommunication Commission

   Chairman of Milpitas Energy Task Force

   Member of VTA Community Working Group to bring BART to San Jose

   President of School Site Council, Sinnot Elementary School, Milpitas

   Member of Milpitas Unified School District CBAC (Community Board Advisory Council)

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (8)

  • Fraternal Police Lodge 52
  • Professional/Technical Employees(Pro-Tech)
  • Milpitas Police Officers Association
  • Milpitas Firefighters Local 1699
  • Mid/Management/Confidential(Mid-Con)
  • Milpitas Employees Association
  • Environmental organization: League of Conservation Voters of Santa Clara County
  • Environmental organization: Sierra Club

Elected Officials (5)

  • Hon. Marsha Grilli, Milpitas City Council Member
  • Hon. Dan Bobay, President Silicon Valley Career Technical Education
  • Hon. Danny Lau, Member of MUSD Board of Trustees
  • Hon. Bill Foulk, Former Member of MUSD Board of Trustees
  • Hon. Van Le, Member of East Side Union High School District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

To be a good and effective member of a governing body, the following is a partial list of my guiding principle:

* Integrity, build trust

* We may not be able to agree on everything, but always remember the unity of purpose, be a consensus builder

* When in disagreement, find a win win solution, be part of the solution, not part of the problem

* Lead by example, be a team player for the good of the community

* Listen to input from others

* Make things happen instead of making promises

* Do not micromanage, know the distinction between governing and managing

* Expect accountability, focus on positive results, learn from mistake and improve instead of blaming others

* We must think of the impact of our action to the environment



Position Papers

My thoughts regarding what the next governing body of the city should consider as the city continues growing


This article covers the considerations as the city continues growing, what we should look into to make Milpitas a better city for all.

I already defined my top priorities, but in reality there are other issues and challenges.

I attended General Plan Update Community Meeting recently, it was clear to me that the city will continue growing. We were given opportunity to provide input. To take care our needs, everything will cost money, as the city continues growing, and part of our infrastructures are also aging, the cost will go up. We must take care of our top priorities, listen to constituents input and take care of their needs. In order to do that, most important factor to consider is the city finance. We need to ensure that we continue maintaining and strengthened our city's financial health with the following factors considered:

* The good economy is not going to last forever, we have to get ready for “rainy days”

* As the city continues growing in population, we must consider smart and balanced growth, but also consider how we can take care of the impact to school population, traffic and the environment

* Continue to bring in more businesses to enhance city revenue stream, at the same time, creating more local jobs.

* Bring in more high tech jobs, encourage start up companies to start here.

* Bring in more business to make Milpitas a destination city where people will spend their money to shop, dine, etc, creating more income for all. This becomes more important once BART starts serving Milpitas. We can bring in more people to visit Milpitas with minimum impact to traffic and environment.


* More local jobs means less commute, therefore helping mitigate the traffic issue, and less air pollution.




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