My name is Pranita Venkatesh, I am a 14-year resident of San Carlos. My husband and I are fortunate to enjoy the unique quality of life that the City of Good Living provides, raising our two children here, like so many generations of families before us. An educator, I hold a Master’s degree in Education and have owned and operated a local Montessori school for over 10 years. San Carlos has a quality of life unsurpassed in the region. Our close-knit community of involved residents, our quality schools, active service clubs, vibrant downtown, east side innovation district, beautiful parks and wonderful climate make this such a special place to call home. Like all communities in the region, we face challenges around the environment, housing, education, safety and an increasingly high cost of living. We can face these challenges head-on and using my experience as both an educator and business person, I will do just that.
San Carlos has a quality of life unsurpassed in the region. Our close-knit community of involved residents, our quality schools, active service clubs, vibrant downtown, east side innovation, beautiful parks and climate make this such a wonderful place to call home. Like all communities in the region, we face challenges around the environment, housing, education, safety and an increasingly high cost of living. We can face these challenges head-on and using my experience as both an educator and business person, I will do just that.
A well-funded and well-resourced police and fire department is paramount to the continued high level of safety of our community. I will always support our outstanding Sheriff’s Office and Firefighters, ensuring they have everything they need to protect our residents each day. This includes community policing programs, citizen outreach, first aid and fire preparedness, and neighborhood watch and crime prevention programs.
San Carlos has always been a City which values children and families. As a city councilmember, I will focus on the very real challenge of childcare access through partnerships with our County government, our schools, non-profit organizations and private businesses. Together we can work to provide more facilities and ensure more families can be relieved of this burden.
Our downtown has gone through many changes and challenges since the pandemic and yet its charm and unique restaurant and small business offerings continue to attract people from over the Peninsula. I will work diligently to support our small businesses both on Laurel Street and in the growing East Side Innovation District, ensuring they have the resources they need and the advocacy they deserve on the City Council.
I am passionate about daily quality of life issues like preserving and maintaining our roads, sidewalks, safe routes to school and reducing traffic gridlock, as well as the stewardship of our numerous city parks, trails and open space. I will insist on thorough cost- effective and long-term approaches to infrastructure projects and initiatives.
Ensuring that workers and families of all income levels can live in San Carlos near transit and shopping ensures a vibrant community. The creation of affordable housing is imperative. I will work to find ways to give our teachers, restaurant workers, laborers and first responders a way to live AND work in our community. This happens when the council works collaboratively with the housing community, housing providers, the state and the County.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Kevin Mullin, CA State Assemblymember, Dist. 22
Josh Becker, CA State Senator District 13
Ron Collins, San Carlos City Councilmember
John Dugan, San Carlos City Councilmember
Giselle Hale, Mayor, Redwood City
Ray Mueller, Menlo Park City Councilmember
Neil Layton, San Carlos School Board Trustee
Madhura Kumar, EDAC Commissioner
Don Mancini, EDAC Commissioner
Sailesh Mehra, EDAC Commissioner
Community Leaders (cont.)
Dr. Elisa Song