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Local mayors upbeat on ’State of Cities’


Photo By: Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Clyde Noel/Special To The Town Crier

Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck, from left, Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and 2013 Walter and Marie Singer Award winner Dan Brunello attend the “State of the Cities” event.

Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw and Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck offered progress reports on their respective communities at Friday’s “State of the Cities” event.

The annual affair, sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, was typically upbeat. The large gathering at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills sang “Happy Birthday” to Fishpaw, who recently turned 26.

“(Residents) generally tell me they have things in their houses older than me,” he joked.

Fishpaw listed Los Altos’ recent achievements, including an updated sewer master plan and improved public outreach. He noted three streetscape projects underway along San Antonio Road and First Street and another at Homestead Road to improve bicycle and pedestrian access.

Other sources of pride include Los Altos’ designation as one of the safest cities of its size and its status as a hub for 1,900 electric vehicles. If Los Altos were a state, Fishpaw said, its electric-vehicle total would rank sixth in the country. The city recently installed three charging stations to service the vehicles.

Waldeck noted three Los Altos Hills projects undertaken this year: an Adobe Creek restoration effort at Edith Park, with help from students at Gardner Bullis School; a Fremont Road bike and pedestrian improvement project featuring an upgraded pathway and separation of the path from the road; and an Arastradero Trail improvement project set for completion in October.

Waldeck praised the cadre of “passionate” volunteers who serve on various town committees and participate in the town’s comprehensive emergency preparedness program.

The “State of the Cities” luncheon featured presentation of the 2013 Walter and Marie Singer Award to Dan Brunello, owner of Le Boulanger. The award is given annually to a business owner who exemplifies community involvement and shows “impeccable ethics, integrity and honesty,” according to presenter and last year’s winner Kamrin Knight Desmond.

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