Los Altos Hills is – and will continue to be – one of the most expensive places to live on the planet. According to Zillow, the median home value is in the $5 million range, with that figure up a whopping 13.8 percent over the previous year.
But to quote a familiar refrain, you get what you pay for: a quiet, rural, idyllic community with scenic foothills, only a short commute from Facebook and Google; a place with 1-acre lot minimums, low crime, friendly neighbors and even the occasional horse.
Leadership in this town of 8,000 has been quite good for a while now. Two departing council members, Mayor John Radford and Gary Waldeck, have distinguished themselves well. But decorum dictates that two four-year terms is enough, and new leaders must fill the two open seats in the Nov. 6 election.
We heartily endorse the two “newcomers” who will likely take their places on the council: Kavita Tankha and George Tyson.
Both Tankha and Tyson come highly qualified. They’ve both demonstrated they have the time and can serve effectively on government bodies – Tankha did a fine job on the town’s Planning Commission, and Tyson is currently serving as president of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District.
Tyson teaches chemical engineering at UC Berkeley, has managed budgets and had leadership roles at biotech startups. Tankha, an attorney, has worked at multinational law firms around the world.
Both have been in town for a while – Tyson for nearly 10 years, Tankha more than 14. In their careers and in government service, they have shown competence, commitment, integrity and common sense.
Both take a reasonable, rational approach to the sometimes volatile town issues of land use and pathways creation. Town residents can feel secure in knowing that decisions from Tankha and Tyson will be fair and well-thought-out.
Tankha and Tyson are no-brainer choices for Los Altos Hills voters. We are confident they will serve the town well.