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After spending a decade on commissions, Ed Lauing sets sights on City Council seat

Original post made on Jun 10, 2020

Ed Lauing, a business executive who has spent the past decade serving on two influential citizen commissions, is joining the race for a seat on Palo Alto City Council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 12:01 PM

Comments (28)

Posted by anon
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 10, 2020 at 12:12 pm

This is great news! Mr laying has the back ground and temperament to be a fantastic city council member.

He is ethical, smart and familiar with how the city works. he has been very generous with his time on boards and commissions.

His thoughtful mature attitude will be a real benefit to the people who live and work in Palo Alto!!!!!
I am thoroughly happy to hear this news!!

Posted by Cari Templeton
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 10, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Congratulations on entering the race for City Council, Mr. Lauing!. I have enjoyed serving with you on the Planning and Transportation Commission, and look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail this year. - Cari

Posted by Jeffrey Brown
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 10, 2020 at 12:30 pm

Fantastic news. This gentleman is smart, thoughtful and civic-minded. He will be a great council member just as he has diligently and effectively served and led Parks and Rec, and Planning and Transportation. Can’t wait to cast my vote.

Posted by Gravitas & Compassion
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Excellent news for Palo Altans - not only a Planning Commissoner running for city council with an actual track record of invaluable experience with land use and planning, but also someone who cares deeply about the most vulnerable among us - the homeless and those needing affordable housing.

I first became aware of Ed Lauing when he volunteered with the Urban Ministry when it was the main group in town that served the homeless. He is a wonderful caring man whose concern about low-income people is deeply felt.

Lauing is super smart but not over-bearing. He will be a good addition to the council for all who want a strong but calm voice for what is best for all residents in Palo Alto.

Posted by Duveneck neighbor
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 10, 2020 at 1:11 pm

What is his perspective on police and policing? In particular, what are his thoughts on the video evidence from 17 February 2018 (the Alvarez case), and on the decrease in departmental oversight, and in public transparency, reflected in the new contract with OIR Group from December 2019?

Posted by Ryan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2020 at 1:58 pm

Mr. Lauing’s got my vote.

Posted by Reuben D.
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 10, 2020 at 2:04 pm

I have followed Ed's work for some time and he has always had an extremely positive impact on the city of Palo Alto and the residents. Excited to see Ed take over a seat from these comfortable incumbents.

Posted by Przemek Gardias
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 10, 2020 at 2:23 pm

Congratulations Ed on your decision to run. It looks like already you have lots of sympathy.

Posted by Optimistic
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 10, 2020 at 2:35 pm

Great to see Mr. Lauing enter the race! Thoughtful, responsible, non-ideological leaders at the council dais will serve our whole community well as we tackle the major challenges before us.

Posted by Smart
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jun 10, 2020 at 3:03 pm

Thank you Mr. Lauing for running. I've observed you on both Parks & Rec as well as the Planning Commission - you are polite, thoughtful and conscientitous. We will be lucky to have you on our City Council.

Posted by Pat Burt
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 10, 2020 at 3:12 pm

Thanks to Ed for running.
He’s been a valuable city commissioner, always informed and thoughtful, and an effective problem solver.
We could use his sound business executive experience through the current financial challenges. Glad to see that he is focused on preserving city services.

Posted by Proud Mother
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 10, 2020 at 5:58 pm

Mr. Lauing was ALSO the president of Palo Alto Babe Ruth and was heavily involved in Palo Alto Little League for many years. It might be small bullet point on his vast resume at this point, but i'll always remember how well run those leagues were. His role in Palo Alto Youth Athletics while my son was growing up contributed to some of the best years of his life and some of my favorite early memories of Palo Alto.

Excited to see Mr. Lauing on the ballot and happy for the opportunity to have a familiar face represent the heart of Palo Alto!

Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 10, 2020 at 6:34 pm

Ed Lauing is a seasoned and civil public servant. I have watched many PTC meetings where he had to rein in Alchek and Riggs whose endless tantrums and monologues prevailed. His CV is deep and he will provide our community with fairness and professionalism. In essence he represents the constituents.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2020 at 7:32 pm

To me, their position on SB50 will be the litmus test. I'm really tired of having to figure out what's really behind the rhetoric (e.g., lying developer shill, naive co-opted ideologue, etc). I want to hear what he has to say about SB50, that will help me appreciate whether he is real or just another means for developers to continue ruining this place for residents, at residents' expense.

I also want someone who is firmly looking into the future, not rooted so strongly in the past that it's as if they think another month or two and it will be business as usual. The earth fundamentally shifted on the wisdom of mindless densification for the sake of tech companies who don't even contribute here.

I looked, but didn't really get answers to any of the above in the article.

Posted by Nice guy but...
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 11, 2020 at 12:00 am

This would be a mistake. This guy is always asking for more time. He can’t make tough decisions. He worries too much about optics. He seems like a great neighbor - nice old white man. But running this city is way out of this guys wheel house. I remember his year running the planning meetings as being the worst in all my decades of living in Palo Alto. Excruciating would be the right adjective. Nice smile though.

Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 11, 2020 at 12:08 am

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 11, 2020 at 1:11 am

Bright side of SB50: get dense enough we can declare ourself one household.

Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 11, 2020 at 8:44 am

Really? You are banning political speech or anything of a satirical manner? Why would you be protecting a candidate like this that definitely downgrades him in many peoples eyes did Ed ask you to take those comments down. This is how translated my metaphor as I disseminated it myself:
Kind of a cold, cold light; Functional, tiny ubiquitous or common.

Posted by Anon
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Jun 11, 2020 at 9:51 am

To:nice guy but .....
Actually I’ve lived here for decades too and think that Ed Lauing is by far the very best chair of the planning commission
Since Eduardo Martinez.
He has it all ; smarts , good values, does his homework and knows how to behave with decorum.

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 11, 2020 at 12:56 pm

He is a definite maybe, but, I need to understand what he means by this"

>> Addressing this could mean contributing more money to building affordable housing or forging partnerships with local corporations that are willing to help address the problem.

What local corporation has an incentive to partner to contribute to housing unless it seeks a deal to build more office space? Time and time again, we've seen various ploys, and the city jobs/housing imbalance always gets worse. We just don't need any more office space. What we need is for existing local corporations to start acquiring office space near where East Bay employees live, so that they don't need to commute over here. Some combination of working from home and satellite offices to get the number of employees per square foot in this down reduced.

Posted by Midtown senior
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 11, 2020 at 2:11 pm

If Ed Lauing has been a part of the Planning and Transportation Commission responsible for the Charleston/Arastradero Road and Ross Road fiascos that have damaged our city's ability to handle even ordinary traffic, misread our needs for through-passage for commuters, promoted social engineering for the bicycling minority, ignored the transportation needs of senior citizens and made these streets into obstacle courses ... HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO INFLICT MORE DAMAGE ON US!

Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 11, 2020 at 2:28 pm

Midtown senior, Ed Lauing was not a member of the Planning and Transportation Commission when these plans were reviewed by them.

Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 11, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Sounds good. But I'd like to see any new candidates for City Council take a pledge not to receive campaign contributions from developers. I do NOT want to see another episode of donations being made public after the voting is done and investigations by the Fair Political Practices group in California (sorry, don't know if I've used the correct name for the committee that investigated Liz Kniss).

Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 11, 2020 at 3:32 pm

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Posted by Yogen Dalal
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2020 at 8:49 pm

I have known Ed for 35 years and he will bring his experiences as a resident of this city to ensure the city evolves to meet the needs of the continually changing profile of its residents. In addition to knowing how the city works from his past roles, he has been an entrepreneur and high tech CEO who understands how to solve problems and who gets to the desired goals through consensus. He is smart, gracious and ethical. He has my vote!

Posted by LearnMore
a resident of University South
on Jul 23, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Of all the "newcomer" candidates, Ed Lauing seems to be one of the most experienced and balanced. How can I learn more?

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 23, 2020 at 6:09 pm

He's absolutely right in his criticism of the city's recent budget process where services but not big capital expenditure projects were cut.

Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 23, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Learn More, candidates aren't allowed to post their websites on here. Try his name and the office he is running for.

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