City Councilmember Liz Kniss was re-elected to another term on the Council while Adrian Fine, Lydia Kou and Greg Tanaka were elected to their first terms. In addition to incumbent Kniss’ re-election there were three other open seats with Mayor Pat Burt and Councilmember Greg Schmid termed out and Councilmember Marc Berman successfully running for Assembly in the 24th District.
Liz Kniss has a long history of public service and was first elected to the Council in 1989 and served as Mayor in 1994 and 2000. She also served on the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors from 2001 – 2012 and as a member of the Palo Alto School Board. She has lived in Palo Alto since 1968 and was a public health nurse and executive at Sun Microsystems Labs.
Adrian Fine is a native Palo Altan, attended Ohlone, JLS and Gunn High School, and currently works at Nextdoor.com using technology to build neighborhood communities across the country. He is currently chair of the Planning and Transportation Commission, and previously worked at the Metropolitan Transportation in Oakland.
Lydia Kou has been a long-time leader of the citywide Emergency Preparedness program and is a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee working on the Comprehensive Plan update. Kou was born in Hong Kong, moved to the Bay Area in 1988 and became the owner-operator of a small business in Palo Alto. She has been a residential realtor since 1997.
Greg Tanaka has lived in Palo Alto since 2004 and was originally appointed to the Planning and Transportation Commission in 2010 and reappointed for a second term in 2014. He served as chair in 2015. He also served on the Infrastructure Blue Ribbon Commission. He is the founder and CEO of a local Palo Alto business, and a graduate of both Caltech and Cal.