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Hari Pillai

He/Him

Currently
Account Manager at Juniper Networks

More about Hari Pillai

Hari Pillai started his career as a Process and Quality Engineer at GE, explored several other careers, and has now entered into politics. Stating, "I’ve involved myself in many campaigns for local, state, and federal elections", Hari would like to now contribute directly as part of the Cambridge City Council.

He currently works as an Account Manager at Juniper Networks.

Incumbent
No
Education
BS in Engineering, MSU; MS in Engineering, RPI
Age
45 years, 2 months
Born in Greenwood, MS in 1975
Voter Registration
Oct. 17, 2012

Where does Hari live?

Address
Rents at 165 Cambridge Park Dr Cambridge, MA 02140

Endorsements

Q&A

Interviews with the candidate

Quotes

Let’s consider taxing the big corporations, the universities, and ?? a little more.

Hari Pillai, Vision Zero Survey Answer

I'm big into unity, across different generations, across different religions or lack of religions, different complexions and socio-economics.

Hari Pillai, Harvard Crimson Profile

The developers are EXTREMELY profitable, and they're misleading us.

Press

Articles about the candidate

The Harvard Crimson Hari Pillai (Profile)

We have to bypass that middleman profit motive and do it ourselves. When we do that there's other kinds of benefits, too. We also need to look at creative kind of solutions like cooperative living arrangements, co-housing. I use to live in a housing co-op in Central Square for three years, I loved it.

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I think we should look into taxing (Harvard and other Cambridge universities). They've got a lot of ventures that doesn't exactly look like a non-for-profit venture, look at MITIMCo, MITs investment management company, they're no different than a mutual fund or a private equity fund. I think we should look into taxing them. Harvard, they owed $50 million last year in payments in lieu of taxes. I think it would be very selfish if I said that Cantabrigians should get all that tax money, that's not my view. I think the whole state should tax and split the taxes fairly. I definitely don't think that Cambridge should be entitled to all that tax.

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Here are my empirical observations: the bicycling enthusiasts a lot of them come from the Midwest, California, just far away from Massachusetts and New England in general. The people that rely on their vehicles are more working class, blue collar, and they have a longer history of being from Cambridge. The bicycling community, it appears to me, are more likely to be middle class, upper-middle class, I think that's a blind spot that no one's talking about. I think we should talk about that and look into that… I've seen a lot of these bike lanes and they're not great, a lot of them give me a false sense of safety, they are just nominal paint lines.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Isabel Kendall
The Harvard Crimson Hari Pillai (Profile)

We have to bypass that middleman profit motive and do it ourselves. When we do that there's other kinds of benefits, too. We also need to look at creative kind of solutions like cooperative living arrangements, co-housing. I use to live in a housing co-op in Central Square for three years, I loved it.

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I think we should look into taxing (Harvard and other Cambridge universities). They've got a lot of ventures that doesn't exactly look like a non-for-profit venture, look at MITIMCo, MITs investment management company, they're no different than a mutual fund or a private equity fund. I think we should look into taxing them. Harvard, they owed $50 million last year in payments in lieu of taxes. I think it would be very selfish if I said that Cantabrigians should get all that tax money, that's not my view. I think the whole state should tax and split the taxes fairly. I definitely don't think that Cambridge should be entitled to all that tax.

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Here are my empirical observations: the bicycling enthusiasts a lot of them come from the Midwest, California, just far away from Massachusetts and New England in general. The people that rely on their vehicles are more working class, blue collar, and they have a longer history of being from Cambridge. The bicycling community, it appears to me, are more likely to be middle class, upper-middle class, I think that's a blind spot that no one's talking about. I think we should talk about that and look into that… I've seen a lot of these bike lanes and they're not great, a lot of them give me a false sense of safety, they are just nominal paint lines.

Nov. 1, 2017 — Isabel Kendall
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 3 of 5

I made the decision to move here to New England because I knew that my values and ideas were welcome here. New England, in general, and Cambridge, in particular, has always attracted progressive thinkers from all over. This place has always been a sanctuary for forward thinking ideas.

Oct. 13, 2017 — Reena Karasin
Scout Cambridge City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 3 of 5

I made the decision to move here to New England because I knew that my values and ideas were welcome here. New England, in general, and Cambridge, in particular, has always attracted progressive thinkers from all over. This place has always been a sanctuary for forward thinking ideas.

Oct. 13, 2017 — Reena Karasin

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