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News - July 22, 2022

Vicki Veenker launches campaign for City Council

Local attorney, mediator looks to focus on housing, climate change

by Gennady Sheyner

Vicki Veenker, a local attorney and mediator who recently helped launch the Sibling Cities USA program to create partnerships between cities in different regions of the country, announced Wednesday that she is planning to run for a seat on the Palo Alto City Council.

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Posted by felix
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2022 at 4:13 pm

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Excellent. I was hoping she would throw her hat in, as I was when Ed Lauing did so.

Veenker’s resume is slam dunk impressive as a leader and thinker. Her analytical skills will be in demand with the loss of Filseth and DuBois.

That she served for years as Board chair of the Silicon Valley Law Foundation reflects the finest Palo Alto values.

Vicki is exactly who I want to be making policy on Council for us.

Posted by PaloAltoVoter
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 20, 2022 at 4:23 pm

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Very glad to see this announcement! Ms. Veenker was a strong candidate a few years back and seems to be the thoughtful kind of leader we need. Hopefully she will remain focused locally on Palo Alto - I think she will. She's a long time resident and knows our city well.

Posted by Brian C
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 20, 2022 at 6:00 pm

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Very happy to see this announcement. I have known Vicki for many years. She is and will be a dedicated public servant.

Posted by KJ
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jul 20, 2022 at 7:50 pm

KJ is a registered user.

This is very good news for Palo Alto. Vicki is both very intelligent and thoughtful.

It will be difficult to replace DuBois and Filseth, but both Vicki Veenker and Ed Lauing have the abilities to be excellent Council members!

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2022 at 11:19 am

Consider Your Options. is a registered user.

Now the field is looking pretty good. Three seats are open. There are now at least three candidates who have high integrity, knowledge of our community, and enough government/policy experience to be effective. That's good.

Posted by SteveDabrowski
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 23, 2022 at 4:39 pm

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Well she has all the credentials for a stealth "build baby build" candidate. Thinks we should figure out how to meet the housing mandates rather than fight them, wants to maintain a civil "lets all just get along" tone to the council, and she has all the usual suspects recommending her from the Santa Clara County Democrats-Berman, Becker, Speer, Eshoo, Simitian...! Sounds just like Cormack and Corey Whatshisname (I've already forgotten it).

The recommendations alone spell a no vote to me.

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