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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de East Palo AltoCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Court Skinner

CEO - Computers for Everyone
997 votos (10.79%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Improve Quality of Life by addressing parking, improving safety and accessibility of biking and walking, reducing cut through commuter traffic, and promoting effective community policing, and keeping the city clean.
  • Reduce car traffic on major arteries by adding safe biking and walking spaces, finding/creating off street parking, working to improve access to clean mass transit options
  • Improve housing availability.. Explore multiple alternatives to making affordable housing available for all including all traditional options and the increasingly available new ones.



Profesión:CEO - Computers for Everyone
Commissioner, East Palo Alto Planning Commission — Cargo designado (2004–2018)
Member of Technical Staff, Semiconductor Research Corporation (1998–2001)
Director of Research, National Semiconductor Corporation (1978–1998)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Ph. D., Physics, Metallurgy, Materials Science (1966)

Actividades comunitarias

Founder and CEO, Computers for Everyone, Inc. (2009–current)
President of the Board of Directors, Creative Montessori Learning Center, Inc. (2004–current)
Board Member, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (2004–current)


After earning my PhD from MIT I worked for many years in the semiconductor industry in Arizona and California's Silicon Valley.  I moved to East Palo Alto in 1988 a few years before I retired.  Since then I have been increasingly active joining the board of directors of the O'Coinnor Tract Cooperative Water Company, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, the Creative Montessori Learning Center preschool (where I sent two of my grandsons to great effect) and the EPA Senior Center.  I established the non profit Computers for Everyone  (CFE) which is a lasting legacy of the Wifi101 project that was funded by the California Emerging Technology Fund.  I have tutored individual students,  taught GED students from JobTrain and am currently working with the Oxford Day Academy to establish effective community service projects like bike repair.

I was on the East Palo Alto Planning Commission from 2004 until this year when I decicded to run for the city council.  In both this endeavor and CFE i have worked closely with many of the city staff members doing planning and computer recycling. 

I was married for 52 years, have three children and 5 grandchildren, and have been a home owner in East Palo Alto for the past 30 years.

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Organizaciónes (1)

  • Silicon Valley Association of Realtors

Funcionarios electos (1)

  • Greg Scharff

Individuos (2)

  • Peter and Keisha Evans
  • Omowale Satterwhite

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

My political philosophy has been shaped primarily by my living in East Palo Alto for 30 years and observing what goes on.  I believe in residents working together to build a place that provides jobs, housing, a safe and healthy environment and enough leisure to enjoy life outside of work.  This also means working with those outside the city like developers and landlords and anyone else who can contribute.

Success in preserving the diverse cultures that have joined this city and remained means robust debates among city council, city staff and residents to determine what is required and then working to put it in place.  I call this the conversation and collaboration process. The structures that have embraced this process endure.  I believe in establishing processes and procedures to make this work, keeping meetings open and communication transparent.  Many new tools have been developed over the last few decades to help and I believe we need to take full advantage of those.

I also believe in law and order.  The laws on the books need to be enforced, or if they are not working as intended, changed until they do.  But, as with many things, enforced with compassion, an element often missing in modern society.

We need to lead the way in demonstrating the power of diversity in creating a city that preserves cultures and eliminates the need for involuntary displacement to create a high qualtiy of life, a city that we can all take pride in.


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