The new leadership team at the helm of the Los Altos City Council plans on building a cooperative community to confront the myriad challenges the city faces.
The city council Nov. 25 unanimously elected David Casas as Los Altos mayor and Ron Packard as mayor pro tem. Casas, a former mayor and mayor pro tem serving his second four-year term on the council, took the reins from former mayor Megan Satterlee, who remains on the council.
“I feel honored to serve on the council,” Casas said. “Being mayor will give me an opportunity to participate in so many different dialogs concerning our city and its communities.”
Casas said some looming issues for Los Altos, which need to be “managed very well,” include balancing the budget with a multiyear forecast, finalizing a contract for garbage services and closely monitoring labor relations.
Creating a sense of community, for people of all ages to relate to and enjoy, is important to him, he said. As mayor, Casas said he looks forward to representing the community of Los Altos to the larger Silicon Valley community.
After Casas took the oath of office, he presented Satterlee with the customary “perpetual medal” for outstanding service to Los Altos and in turn received an incoming mayor’s medal from Satterlee.
Councilmembers praised Satterlee’s tenure as mayor, noting her methodical dealings with residents during the Pilgrim Haven expansion issue as a high point of her term.
Satterlee said she was “thankful for all the people that invest their time, talent and money in improving their community, their environment and towards the betterment of man.”
Packard, who served as mayor during his first term in 2006, said that while it’s important to revitalize and strengthen the downtown area, it is more important to build community and leave the past behind.
“The community should have greater civility in being eager to reconcile differences, tolerate diversity and be kind to others in public and more importantly in private,” Packard said. “Civility needs to be part of our civic DNA.”
There are opportunities for the Los Altos community to come together “with disparate interests but with a common goal,” such as in the downtown vision process, Casas said. “We have the potential to be whatever we want to be.”
Casas extended an offer to local residents to join him in the task of positive community building, with a goal to give back to Los Altos.