- Published on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 00:00
- Written by Rich Larsen
Los Altos Hills recently celebrated the contributions of volunteers who serve the town. There is a strong sense of community fabric in Los Altos Hills made possible by the two commissions, 13 standing committees and several special appointments. These volunteers augment the terrific work that our town staff performs every day.
The most important consideration for our town is emergency preparedness, and we have several organizations that address this imperative. The Community Emergency Response Team, which now boasts 187 members, trains neighbors to help neighbors in the event of an emergency. The Los Altos Hills County Fire District provides tremendous support by training and funding the program, and the Emergency Communications Committee, comprising local ham radio experts, augments their work.
There are several other public safety initiatives in town, including the Traffic Safety Committee, which focuses on assessing and mitigating traffic problems.
The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has partnered with the committee to educate cyclists and drivers on the courtesy required to share the road safely.
The Pathways Committee contributes to public safety by providing safe passage for walkers, runners and equestrians on Los Altos Hills’ 90 miles of pathways.
We have several other committees that provide invaluable services to residents. The Open Space Committee conducts training on topics ranging from sudden oak death to mountain lion education. The Water Conservation Committee provides guidance on how to landscape with minimal water consumption.
The Environmental Initiatives Committee has done extensive work to increase the town’s use of renewable energy and conduct money-saving energy audits of high-energy-consuming homes.
Many are familiar with the work of the Planning Commission, which provides objective guidelines for new and remodeled home development that balances the rights of owners with the property values of the neighborhood. The Environmental Design and Protection Committee collaborates closely with the Planning Commission to provide guidance on landscaping plans.
The Parks and Recreation Committee may be one of the most visible committees in town – it organizes the Hoedown, the Pathways Run, the Hopping Hounds Easter Biscuit Hunt, the Holiday Barn Lighting, Los Altos Hills Family events and several other activities. The committee also partners with Hidden Villa and Deer Hollow Farm to organize activities for Los Altos Hills residents.
Our other commissions and committees – History, Education, Community Relations, Youth, Senior and Finance – all add value to the quality of life in Los Altos Hills. Be assured that the town is grateful for the work, energy and time all of our volunteers contribute.