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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of CupertinoCandidate for City Council

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Tara Sreekrishnan

City Council Aide
4,937 votes (9.38%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • RESPONSIBLE PLANNING: It’s time to address the root causes of our regional housing crisis: a major imbalance in jobs versus housing, and a lack of affordable housing and transit options. We must hold City Hall accountable to the needs of residents.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP: We are in a climate emergency. Cupertino, a capital of innovation, should lead the region in efficiently using energy and water; let’s act now to lower our carbon emissions and protect our health.
  • GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY: Big money corrupts City Hall; that’s why I refuse to take donations from developers or corporate PACs. I will fight for a more transparent and responsive government that benefits the people.



Mills College B.A.


I’m running for Cupertino City Council because I'm invested in our City, I understand public policy, I know how to navigate red tape in order to create real change in a City Government, and I know that real change happens at the local, grassroots level.

My roots are here in this great city that gave me the tools to succeed. Now, I want to give back to this vibrant, diverse community, such that others can thrive like I was able to.

Growing up in Cupertino, my inspiration for public service came from my parents who taught me to work hard in public school and give back to my community. I’ve lived in Cupertino since I was 5, and am a product of Cupertino public schools: Portal, Kennedy, and Monta Vista. Even as a young girl, I admiringly watched my mother who worked hard in the Cupertino public school system as a librarian, volunteer organizer, and fundraiser. 

Right after graduating from Mills College, the oldest women’s college on the West Coast, I set out to work as a Community Organizer for local campaigns, and later as a City Council Legislative Aide. As a Grassroots Organizer here in Cupertino and around the Bay Area, I’ve mobilized hundreds of people to take action on the issues they care about and improve their community. As a legislative staffer in City Government, I've assisted in drafting and passing a range of laws and have successfully navigated City bureaucracies. The policy issues I worked on included addressing our historic housing crisis, climate change prevention, neighborhood traffic mitigations, safety improvements, and code enforcement cases to name a few. 

I value data-driven decision making, sound fiscal policy and integrity.

In short, I'm a product of Cupertino and I'm fighting for our future.


Read a list of my accomplisments at:


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • The Sierra Club
  • The Democratic Party
  • State Senator Jim Beall

Organizations (8)

  • The Sierra Club, Loma Pieta Chapter
  • The Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • South Bay Labor Council (AFL-CIO)
  • DAWN
  • Evolve California
  • Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee
  • International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, Local 21
  • De Anza Associated Student Body

Elected Officials (26)

  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Senate President Pro Tem Emeritus Kevin de León
  • Steven Scharf, Councilmember, City of Cupertino
  • Sergio Jimenez, Councilmember, City of San Jose, District 2
  • Michael Goldman, Councilmember, City of Sunnyvale
  • David Bonaccorsi, Councilmember, City of Fremont
  • Liang Chao, Board Member, Cupertino Union School District
  • Patrick Kwok, Former Cupertino Mayor
  • Mike Honda, U.S. Congressman (fmr.)
  • Paul Fong, State Assemblymember (ret.)
  • Peter Ortiz, Governing Board Member at Mount Pleasant Elementary School District
  • Andy Katz, EBMUD Board
  • Mark Williams, AC Transit Director
  • Kate Harrison, Councilmember, City of Berkeley
  • Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Richmond (fmr.)
  • Gabriel Quinto, Mayor, City of El Cerrito
  • Peggy McQuaid, Mayor, City of Albany
  • Jesse Arreguin, Mayor, City of Berkeley
  • Gary Singh, Councilmember, City of Union City
  • Anu Natarajan, Councilmember, City of Fremont (fmr.)
  • Anthony Phan, Councilmember, City of Milpitas
  • Don Rocha, Councilmember, City of San Jose, District 9
  • Kalen Gallagher, Board President, Campbell Union High School Board
  • Julia Miller, Mayor, City of Sunnyvale (fmr.)
  • Kathy Watanabe, Vice Mayor, City of Santa Clara
  • Nancy Smith, Councilmember, City of Sunnyvale

Individuals (14)

  • John Zhao, Vice Chair, Cupertino Housing Commission
  • Anita Krishnan, Fremont Union High School Foundation Board
  • Art Cohen, Cupertino Library Foundation Board, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce Board
  • Dave Villafana, CUSD Teacher and Former Cupertino Education Association President
  • Renuka Krishnan, Monta Vista PTA, Cupertino Fremont Sunnyvale Council PTAs, CUSD Staff
  • Monika de la Porte, Lynbrook PTA President (fmr.), CFSC PTA Council, FUHSD Foundation Board, Miller PTA Vice President (
  • Deepti Hardas, Lynbrook PTA, Miller Foundation, FUHSD Foundation Board
  • Shyama Nair
  • Hoi Poon, Former Bay Area for Clean Environment Board of Directors
  • John Bartas, Bay Area for Clean Environment Board of Directors
  • Linda Sell, Bay Area for Clean Environment Board of Directors
  • Dr. Gregory Anderson, Former Professor and Dean at De Anza College
  • Suman Ganapathy, Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation (CEEF), Garden Gate PTA President (fmr.), Lawson PTA, FUHSD
  • Jordan Eldridge, Rancho Rinconada Recreation and Park District Board of Directors (fmr.)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have detailed policy proposals laid out on my website for the following issues: Traffic Relief, Workable Transportation, Environmental Leadership, Responsible City Planning, Affordable Housing Options, Safe Neighborhoods, Strong Schools, A Community-Based Vallco.


Visit for my detailed proposals and email me at to discuss these proposals further. 



I'll lead with integrity, accountability, and transparency.


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