From the Mayor's Desk: Los Altos citizen efforts take root

In the last few years as I have served on the Los Altos City Council, and now as I serve as mayor, one of the most satisfying parts of the job to me has been working with so many engaged residents. I’m proud that people in our city have been willing to persist in their goals to work with their neighbors to help make Los Altos a better place.

The efforts by residents who have asked us in city government to enrich and restore our Los Altos Heritage Orchard are the perfect example of this.

These resident-led efforts over the last decade have specifically asked us in government to save the trees in the orchard, improve their care and maintenance, affirm the orchard’s status as an official city of Los Altos Historic Landmark and place an official sign amid the trees with the orchard’s name on it. The lobbying has brought about a remarkable renewal for this once-neglected asset.

Just days ago, the orchard’s brand-new official sign finally blossomed among the apricot trees. I salute all who helped make this happen. But we’ve accomplished much more than this.

Thanks to all your efforts, the city of Los Altos has resisted proposals to encroach upon this landmark.

We planted new trees last year and have more scheduled to go in this winter. We’ve restored regular maintenance, returned to a proper irrigation schedule, corrected forgotten records and begun actively promoting our Historic Landmark alongside other California and Santa Clara County Historic Landmarks and Points of Historical Interest.

In honor of the many Los Altos residents and neighbors who spoke out on the orchard’s preservation and restoration, I will work with the city to deliver an official Mayoral Proclamation that reaffirms our commitment to the continued advancement of the Los Altos Heritage Orchard. I look forward to working with all of you to plan the future of this delightful and unique asset.

I hope to make this orchard, with your help, one of our most beautiful parks and civic spaces. Our Los Altos Heritage Orchard speaks of beauty and history, and is the perfect place to celebrate our past, present and future. I salute the landmark efforts of the power of Los Altos residents.

Lynette Lee Eng is mayor of Los Altos.

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