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Four more years, two new grandsons and a busy future: From the Mayor’s Desk

There is more joy in the Larsen household with the recent arrival of our third grandchild – the second one this year! We are delighted for our son Bryce and his wife Kelly on the birth of their first child, a son named Jack Theodore “JT” Larsen.

By the time you read this column, you will be aware that because there were only three candidates for three open seats, the Los Altos Hills City Council voted (I recused myself) to save the costs of an election. The council appointed John Harpootlian, Courtenay Corrigan and me for terms beginning in January.

I look forward to working with these new members for the next four years.

My inspiration to run for a second term came from a sense of community service and a desire to do the right thing for our town.

There are three goals that I plan to work on as a second-term councilman. The first is to ensure that the town continues to focus on emergency preparedness, and the second is financial prudence. These are the two tenets of our town, and they require ongoing diligence. Thanks to a strong Community Emergency Response Team and Emergency Communications Committee, as well as a very capable Finance & Investment Committee, we have programs and controls in place to respond to a natural or financial emergency – and I will continue to make both issues a top priority.

There are 12 other committees, a Planning Commission and outside agencies that also serve important functions for Los Altos Hills. My third goal is to provide as much support to each of them as possible – whether by providing a balanced perspective on an issue or by helping recruit new members. Every committee comprises residents who devote their expertise and time to an issue that is important to the town.

I will continue to recognize the valuable contribution these committees make to the quality of life in Los Altos Hills.

The past four years have gone by so quickly that it is difficult to believe my first term is nearing its completion. When I ran for the council in 2008, my theme was “Balanced Leadership” because of my belief in understanding both sides of an issue. Based on the many town and regional meetings I have since participated in, my updated theme is “Balanced Leadership, with Experience.”

During my first campaign for the council, I pledged to work hard for the town. I hope you agree that I have done so and will support me for the next four years.

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