- Published on Tuesday, 07 December 2010 16:00
- Written by Jana Seshadri - Town Crier Staff Writer
It was an evening of celebration – of old and new – as the Los Altos community gathered last week to witness history in the making.
Loud cheers and applause filled the Los Altos City Council Chambers as 23-year-old Jarrett Fishpaw, the youngest resident elected to the council, was officially sworn in as a councilman Nov. 30.
Fishpaw and incumbent Councilwoman Val Carpenter won the two open seats on the council in the Nov. 2 election, defeating former mayor Curtis Cole, Nancy Carlson and Matthew Sweeney. Carpenter led with 6,582 votes (31.68 percent), and Fishpaw came in second with 5,865 votes (28.23 percent).
“I have a great deal of appreciation for all the people who helped me and were active in my campaign,” Fishpaw said.
Lauding the accomplished people already on the city council, Fishpaw said he’s delighted to be working with them and looks forward to building productive relationships with city staff members and residents.
Referring to her re-election as the community’s “affirmation of her work,” Carpenter expressed her gratitude and promised to deliver continued service to the community.
Carpenter remains on the council for a second term, and Fishpaw replaces long-term Councilman Lou Becker. After completing an eight-year term (1995-2003), Becker was appointed to serve another four-year term in December 2006 after Councilman Kurt Colehower resigned.
Councilmembers expressed their appreciation to Becker for his commitment to Los Altos.
Recognizing his exemplary leadership and tireless community involvement, Casas presented Becker with a proclamation and declared Nov. 30 “Becker’s Day.”
“No other city on the Peninsula can stand up to the achievements we’ve made,” Becker said.
Councilmembers unanimously elected Ron Packard as mayor and Carpenter as mayor pro tem. The new mayor presented Casas with the customary perpetual medal for outstanding service to Los Altos, and in turn received an incoming mayor’s medal from Casas, who remains on the council.
U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel administered the oath of office to Carpenter, Fishpaw and Packard.
“Something historic has happened tonight in Los Altos,” said Packard, recognizing Fishpaw’s successful campaign, which Packard said Fishpaw won “the old-fashioned way – by talking to people.”
Fences have been mended and people have worked together to accomplish a great deal this year, Packard said.
“It is to our collective benefit to come together,” he said.