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Spring gatherings in Los Altos Hills: From the Mayor’s Desk

There is always something happening in Los Altos Hills.

We recently celebrated the completion of the Adobe Creek refurbishment in Edith Park. Representatives from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, sixth-graders from Gardner Bullis School (whose 51 students planted more than 600 native plants along the creek’s banks), councilmembers, committee members, staff and residents participated in the Feb. 26 event.

Our annual Hoppin’ Hounds Easter Biscuit Hunt was held March 23 in idyllic Byrne Preserve. Approximately 100 dogs and 125 people participated in the hunt. Later that same day, the Los Altos Hills Family organization, together with the Parks and Recreation Committee, conducted an Easter egg hunt at Purissima Park. The eggs could be redeemed for prizes, snacks and other goodies.

We celebrated the March 29 opening of a new path to school as part of the Safe Routes to School Program sponsored by the Valley Transportation Authority. The project was a collaborative effort, with the town and many residents contributing to its design. After nearly six months of detours and difficult travel along Fremont Road, the finished project provides a safer and much more scenic route for children and other users.

Future events include the Earth Day celebration, which will include live wildcats and kiosks full of green shopping opportunities, scheduled Sunday at Westwind Community Barn.

The annual Pathways Run/Walk, slated to begin 9 a.m. May 11, also starts from the barn. There will be 5k and 10k routes for participants to demonstrate their prowess in negotiating our beautiful rolling hills, as well as a 1-Mile Fun Run starting at 10:30 a.m. For more details, check the town website at www.losaltoshills.ca.gov.

Mark your calendars for June 2, this year’s Town Picnic at Purissima Park. It is open to Los Altos Hills residents only, and reservations must be made in advance online at the town’s website.

In other town news, a Private Road study session March 21 examined methods to accept private roads for public use and maintenance. The session identified many of the complexities involved. One immediate outcome directed town staff to prepare agreements for roadway reimbursement and model private road maintenance that residents can use to manage their private roads. Los Altos Hills’ general plan states that the town may only accept a private road – via resolution – when it is maintained or refurbished to an acceptable level. There will be additional discussion on this topic.

Finally, Los Altos Hills needs your support to correct a long-standing tax inequity that began with Proposition 13 in 1978. More recently, Assembly Bill 117 attempted to correct the original inequity. In the process, a compromise deal was reached that adversely affected Los Altos Hills, Cupertino, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. These four cities exclusively were required to pay more to the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund (a school tax) than any other California city. A newly introduced bill, Senate Bill 629, would preserve the school revenues while equalizing the tax impacts for these four cities. I hope that all who read this would support both this bill and the concept that each California community should pay only its proportionate share of the tax burden.

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