From the Mayor's Desk: 2019 accomplishments

 

I want to say thank you for the honor and privilege of serving as mayor of Los Altos this past year.

Together we have accomplished a great deal. We can be proud of our successes in 2019, a year in which we:

• After years of dedicated work by residents and staff, broke ground for the modernized Hillview Community Center.

• Recognized 10 years of continuous economic growth, with year-to-year sales up 4.1% through the fourth fiscal quarter.

• Adopted an urgency ordinance to restrict 5G network nodes to protect our residential neighborhoods and parks.

• Approved eight below-market-rate units and 22 accessory dwelling units to provide affordable housing to meet the needs of a much underserved demographic.

• Updated the General Plan Housing Element to meet new state standards, while adhering to the values of our community.

• Expanded public notification of all new developments and city projects from 500 to 1,000 feet to make more affected residents aware.

• Defended our right to local control by writing our state legislators to protest bills that would restrict our ability to make decisions on land use and zoning.

• Welcomed six new businesses to the city, all celebrated with ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

• Increased the school crossing budget and approved funds to pay for crossing guards at every school crossing to ensure the safety of our school-aged children.

• Collaborated with the Valley Transportation Authority to extend bus route 51 to create the 51H School Tripper to provide Los Altos students service to Cupertino Middle School and Homestead High.

• Installed signs in the Los Altos Heritage Orchard at the civic center to celebrate our heritage and educate the community.

• Hosted Ambassador Gillian Walnes Perry of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, which educates “young people and communities … about the dangers of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination,” according to its mission.

• Issued numerous proclamations to celebrate our cultural diversity and history and to recognize community service work done by individuals and organizations that contribute to the community.

As I pass the gavel this week to our (anticipated)new mayor, Jan Pepper, I would like to assure residents that I will continue to remain committed, and that I will step up to:

• Support the new mayor, as she has so kindly supported me.

• Partner with fellow council members and staff to further the goals of our city.

• Maintain focus on our priorities, which include completing the community center, improving traffic safety and infrastructure, and updating our General Plan.

• Do my part to ensure that every Los Altan enjoys the quality of life we all treasure. 

Los Altos City Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng completed her term as mayor Tuesday. Council members take one-year turns serving in the position.

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