For an incumbent, what you accomplish in office has to be the yardstick by which you are measured. People should take pride in the legacy of their votes. And as a councilmember you vote on all types of issues.
Groups, like the League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Santa Clara Democrats, and Palo Altans for Sensible Zoning (PASZ), all evaluate candidates based on their platform and the votes important to them. The League publishes a scorecard nationally on votes on issues they care about. PASZ provided a similar service, using comparable methodology to score our local representatives on the votes important to PASZ. Palo Alto Weekly coverage can be found here.
The results are startling. While all candidates are claiming to do what's best for the residents of our city, based on quality of life measurements for sensible planning development as advocated by PASZ, there are stark differences between the incumbents. One incumbent, Karen Holman, has been proudly calling out votes on specific projects in detail on the campaign trail. The others? Not so much. I encourage you to understand the details of this analysis here.