For a city council to be effective, it must have councilmembers with useful expertise, community experience and an approach that emphasizes productivity and teamwork over political grandstanding.
The Los Altos City Council, as currently constituted, lacks the overall leadership and vision to effectively address long-standing issues like the downtown parking problem and renovating the civic center. This is not to say that there aren’t good councilmembers already on board – we just need more of them.
Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow are the best of the five candidates vying for the two open council seats in the Nov. 4 election. The two have strong histories of community involvement and effective leadership – experience that will make the council better.
Mordo served eight years on the Los Altos Hills City Council before moving to Los Altos a few years ago. His financial acumen and problem-solving approach added to a council that got things done. Improvements like a new Little League field, upgraded pathways system and fiscal responsibility all occurred under Mordo’s watch. During his years on the Los Altos Hills council, Mordo regularly encouraged town support of the Los Altos library and community center because both communities share these facilities.
He brings pragmatism, not politics, to the table. He votes for issues that make sense, not based on whether they reflect the sentiments of a pro-development or anti-development group. We also appreciate his honesty and willingness to speak up – two qualities he shares with Prochnow.
Prochnow is a longtime contributor to the Los Altos community in a variety of ways, including her volunteer work with the Rotary Club of Los Altos and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, among other groups.
Prochnow believes that downtown needs a specific plan before a parking structure or civic center can be built. It makes sense that the city develop a plan first, then build the structure as part of the plan. She also makes the point that the city doesn’t generally value input from the volunteers who serve on city committees and commissions. She said she would change that. She also wants the city to be more sensitive to small businesses, many of whom suffer from the city’s lengthy approval process.
Mordo and Prochnow should get your vote Nov. 4.