Thank you for the honor of serving you.
For fourteen years on the Los Altos City Council, Planning and Historical Commissions, I worked effectively with my colleagues, City staff, and residents on a broad range of issues. A 24-year resident, I advocate commonsense solutions in the long-term interest of the entire community, and strive to balance desired changes with preserving what is cherished.
I kept my commitments to you. In my first term, I worked to manage City finances conservatively, maintain the character of residential neighborhoods, improve public safety and calm traffic, support community resources, and promote vibrant business districts. In my second term, I continued to focus on maintaining balanced budgets and increasing reserves without cutting services. My priorities were: (1) prudent fiscal policy; (2) safer streets; (3) a thriving downtown; (4) community resources; (5) neighborhood character; and (6) a strong local economy.
I've been reflecting on all that has been accomplished since I was first elected to the Los Altos City Council nine years ago. Hereís my list of the top 10 projects that I initiated, championed and/or actively supported.
Top 10 Los Altos City Council Accomplishments (2005-2014)
10. Updated zoning ordinances that spurred substantial new development around the periphery of downtown while maintaining the charm of Main Street, including:
- The first-ever hotel in downtown Los Altos
- A brand-new Safeway that's more than twice the size of the previous 1960s-era store, with 129 new public parking spaces on their site
- Redevelopment of the City's First and Main property into a mixed-use development with larger retail and restaurant spaces and Class A offices
- The LEED Platinum Packard Foundation headquarters building
- 90 new residential condominiums in the downtown triangle
9. Development and adoption of the Downtown Design Guidelines, Downtown Parking Management Plan, and City-wide wayfinding sign program
8. The first-ever quantitative survey of a representative sample of Los Altos residents regarding their views of downtown Los Altos, with a similar survey approved for completion in early 2015
7. The 60th anniversary of incorporation year-long celebration, logo design, and commemorative video during my second term as Mayor in 2011-12
6. The renovation and expansion of The Terraces at Los Altos, formerly Pilgrim Haven, to meet the evolving needs of our seniors while respecting the facilityís immediate neighbors
5. Renovation of local historical landmarks Neutra House and San Antonio Club to support increased use of these City-owned facilities
4. Crosswalks with warning lights on San Antonio Road and other traffic-calming measures near schools throughout Los Altos to enhance pedestrian and bicyclist safety
3. Instituting best practices from industry, such as annual written performance reviews for all City employees
2. Hiring City Manager Doug Schmitz, whose vision and aesthetic sensibilities transformed Los Altos
1. Recognizing the "volunteers who are the heart of our community" during my first term as Mayor in 2007-08
Listening to you and working on your behalf has been my top priority. I'll always be grateful for your overwhelming support.