City's economic development manager on the move

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Kathy Kleinbaum, the city's economic development manager, serves her final day on the job this week.

Los Altos Economic Development Manager Kathy Kleinbaum is leaving her post with the city in a bid to work closer to home.

Kleinbaum confirmed last week that she resigned from her position, which she has held for nearly two years, to serve as senior management analyst for the city of San Mateo. Kleinbaum’s final day is Thursday.

“I’ve had a really great experience working here,” said Kleinbaum, who among other assignments served as a liaison between the city and its business community. “The city of Los Altos has a very competent and professional staff.”

Kleinbaum told the Town Crier that while she has enjoyed her time working in Los Altos, her decision to leave stems from a desire to work closer to her Burlingame home. She added that her new position – and its shorter commute time – would allow her to spend more time with her young twin daughters.

Kleinbaum said her new position is more closely aligned with her professional background and allows her “the opportunity to work on issues of broader regional significance.”

The New York City native earned an undergraduate degree in earth systems/land management from Stanford University and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley.

During her relatively short stay in Los Altos, Kleinbaum said she’s particularly proud of her work on the recently approved Downtown Parking Management Plan and the city’s new Wayfinding Sign Program.

Kleinbaum also played a lead role in an outreach effort to residents and businesses ahead of the single-use plastic-bag ban, enacted earlier this summer. Her efforts to secure grant funds led to the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations in downtown Parking Plaza 7 and the Los Altos Civic Center. Kleinbaum also worked with local commercial real estate brokers to recruit commercial tenants to the city.

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