The air we breathe: From the Mayor's Desk

As city councilmembers, not only do we focus on Los Altos, we also represent Los Altos by serving on the boards of regional organizations. For the past three years, I’ve been privileged to serve on the board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the regulatory agency that protects our air.


Measure A: Now what?

Measure A has failed by a supermajority. So what do we do now?

The Hillview Community Center complex is obsolete and needs upgrading. Does the vote mean that voters do not care about having a civic center? I do not believe so. The coalition of No on A comprises diverse groups with different motivations. The only way to move forward is to address the valid concerns of each group to the extent we can.


Yes, whose parking problem are we trying to solve?: Other Voices

The Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) organization has issued an email criticizing the City-Wide Parking Committee, claiming that the purpose of the committee was to benefit developers rather than solve parking issues. Because as a city councilman and co-chairman of the committee I made a number of comments on the composition of the committee and on the nature of its recommendations, I would like to respond to FOLA’s assertions.

While this organization deserves zero credibility because it is led by a group of prior councilmembers (Ron Packard, David Casas and Val Carpenter) anxious to retain influence, I would like to correct the erroneous statements made by FOLA.


Peek into the Past

Sgt. Egbert Alexander Jr. poses in front of his family’s home at 142 Los Altos Ave. in 1917. The 21-year-old was among the 2.8 million young men drafted into the Armed Forces after the U.S. entered World War I in the spring of 1917. Alexander survived the war and returned to live with his parents before launching a career at the San Francisco Board of Trade. Ultimately, more than 4 million U.S. soldiers and sailors would be mobilized for the fight, with approximately 300,000 casualties (wounded or dead) reported.


Measure A enhances livability of Los Altos

A recent article in AARP magazine written by Jeannine English caught our attention. It made us think about the Nov. 3 election with Measure A on the ballot and what responsibility we all have to our community. It talked about how as citizens we have rights and responsibilities to each other. Paying our taxes is just one part of citizenship.

What is our personal commitment to our neighbors – young and old? Even if we are the “bah humbug” types and stay away from any community activities, we all have a responsibility to provide livable services for those who want to use them. Community activities help make property values high and are another reason people want to live in Los Altos.


Los Altos group responds to councilman's claims: Other Voices

The Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) Board of Directors thanks Los Altos City Councilman Jean Mordo for his community service, and for taking time to read and comment on our articles.

FOLA was created to ensure that issues of critical importance and long-lasting impact reflect the values of Los Altos residents. We pointed out last June that there are two parking problems downtown. The first is the one everyone knows – getting a parking spot at certain times of day. The second is one few know about: downtown property owners, particularly along Main and State streets, cannot add a second (or third) story because they can’t provide additional parking. The rub is that these interests often conflict.


Measure A: What is your vision for Los Altos?

Courtesy of the Chapman family
Robin Chapman’s father, Ashley, poses on his Los Altos lot circa 1948.

Family lore has it that on a winter day in 1948, my father, Ashley Chapman, drove my mother from Palo Alto to Los Altos to show her the lot near Covington Road where he planned to build their home. My mother looked around with concern. “Oh, dear,” she said. “I’m not sure we want to live this far out in the country.”


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