Steven Lee, attorney and Human Rights Commission member, intends to run for council

Steven Lee

Daily Post Staff Writer

Palo Alto Human Rights Commission member Steven Lee has filed papers indicating his intent to run for City Council with the city clerk.

Lee declined to comment to the Post on Friday, saying he wasn’t ready to announce anything.

Lee is a tech lawyer who also serves on the VTA Citizens Advisory Committee, the Midtown Residents Association Steering Committee and the Fred M. Yamamoto Scholarship Committee at Palo Alto High School. He studied Political Science and Communications at UC Davis before getting a law degree at Duke Law School.

He is a supporter of opening up the Foothills Park to all, and was a signer of a letter sent to the Palo Alto City Council that was also signed by Rep. Anna Eshoo.

In March 2019, Lee and Planning and Transportation Commissioner Cari Templeton published an opinion piece in the Post chiding VTA’s plans at the time to eliminate Route 22, which is VTA’s only 24-hour bus route that runs from east San Jose to Palo Alto.

Templeton has also announced she is running for one of the four seats on the council.

With Lee in the mix, there are eight total candidates. Also running is systems engineer Raven Malone, former mayor Pat Burt, incumbent Lydia Kou, lawyer Rebecca Eisenberg, Planning Commissioner Ed Lauing and county commissioner Greer Stone.