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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de Menlo ParkCandidato para Council Member, Distrito 4

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Peter Ohtaki

Mayor / Councilmember / Businessman
958 votos (29.97%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Manage traffic congestion and increase safety with bike lanes on Middle, a bike/ped undercrossing from Middle to Burgess, and fix the El Camino bottleneck with a Ravenswood Ave underpass of CalTrain.
  • Improve quality of life, such as upgrading Nealon Park playground and funding a new Belle Haven branch library.
  • Maintain a balanced budget while funding important infrastructure projects over the next decade



Profesión:Emergency Management, Finance, and Councilmember
Vice President, Enterprise Incident Management, Wells Fargo (2014–current)
City Council Member, Menlo Park City Council — Cargo elegido (2010–current)
Executive Director, California Resiliency Alliance (2005–2014)
Board of Directors, Menlo Park Fire Protection District — Cargo elegido (2007–2010)
Chief Financial Officer, NetTV (1996–2005)


Stanford Universtiy M.B.A, Finance (1987)
Harvard University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Magna Cum Laude, Economics (1983)


Peter grew up in Menlo Park, attending both La Entrada Middle School and Woodside High School. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Peter and his wife have three children in Menlo Park public schools.

Public Service History

Peter was elected to the Menlo Park City Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, with the most votes in both elections.  In 2013 and 2018, he additionally served/serves as Mayor.

As a City Councilmember, after years of deficits, Peter helped balance Menlo Park's budget in 2011 by paying down an unfunded pension liability that was costing about $800k each year, saving taxpayers $3.6 million in interest expense. He also proposed a compromise which balanced the city's 2015-16 budget. He has developed the reputation as the "numbers guy", and a bi-partisan problem solver.

Peter worked to attract a start-up incubator and restaurateur downtown, and convinced Facebook to establish a community fund that benefits local residents. 

In addition, Peter worked with State Assemblyman Rich Gordon to introduce legislation (AB1690) that gives cities more flexibility in implementing zoning for housing that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the state legislature and Governor Brown signed into law in October 2014.

Peter supported an agreement between the City of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District on emergency preparedness and operations, including an update of the city's emergency operations plan.  

From 2007 through 2010, Peter was elected to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors, and served as the Board President in 2010.  Peter served on the Finance Committee, and oversaw a balanced $32 million budget at the District. With Peter's leadership and financial background, the District paid down 78% of its $13 milllion pension obligation, saving the District millions in interest costs.

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Funcionarios electos (15)

  • San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum
  • San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley
  • MP City Councilmember/former Mayor Kirsten Keith
  • MP City Councilmember/former Mayor Rich Cline
  • MP City Councilmember/former Mayor Catherine Carlton
  • Menlo Park School Board Trustee-elect Sherwin Chen
  • Menlo Park School Board President Terry Thygeson
  • Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board candidate Sean Ballard
  • Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board Member Rob Silano
  • Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board Member Virginia Chang Kiraly
  • Redwood City Councilmember/former Mayor Jeff Gee
  • East Palo Alto Councilmember/former Mayor Larry Moody
  • East Palo Alto Mayor/Councilmember Ruben Abrica
  • Palo Alto City Councilmember/former Mayor Greg Scharff
  • Palo Alto Vice Mayor/City Councilmember Eric Filseth

Individuos (11)

  • Former Menlo Park School Board Trustee Jeff Child
  • MP former Vice Mayor John Boyle
  • Former MP Planning Commissioner Ben Eiref
  • MP Planning Commissioner Andrew Barnes
  • Las Lomitas School District Measure S Leader Josh Becker
  • MP Planning Commissioner Henry Riggs
  • New Guild Theater Drew Dunlevie
  • Former MP Environmental Quality Commissioner Allan Bedwell
  • MP Sister Cities Committee member Jym Clendenin
  • MP Complete Streets Chair/Commissioner Bill Kirsch
  • MP Planning Commissioner Camille Kennedy

Videos (1)

Mayor Ohtaki's Menlo Park State of the City Address (2018) — November 1, 2018 City of Menlo Park

In this speech, Mayor Ohtaki outlines Menlo Park's major acheivements, as well as its plan to reduce traffice, enhance quality of life and maintain a balanced budget. 

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