Letter to the Editor - Week of Dec. 26

Mordo’s service benefited LA Library

Jean Mordo has served as a council member for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills during the last 15 years. His service has been characterized by energy, intellect and a desire to continually move forward. His knowledge of public financing and how local governments operate have made his contributions both effective and reality based.

In particular, I want to recognize Jean’s work on behalf of the Los Altos Library and libraries in general. He has served both of our cities as representative to the Santa Clara County Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that administers the county library system. He also has represented each of the cities on the North County Library Authority (NCLA), a body that supports our Los Altos Library. As a member of the JPA, he was instrumental in having over $2 million left to the Los Altos Library by the Virginia Whipple and the Corinne Oberlin estates moved to local control from the county library district. Jean has been a strong advocate for Los Altos and the Hills on the JPA.

As a member of the NCLA, Jean continually sought to use our parcel-tax money to improve the services offered by our library. While he was a member, the citizens of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills passed a parcel tax for additional library hours. He has been a driving force behind the NCLA’s interest in developing a process that will, hopefully, lead to building a new library as part of the upgrading of the Los Altos Civic Center.

No one understands the rather complex financing of our library better than Jean Mordo.

I, for one, will miss his astuteness and energy. Thank you, Jean, for all of your time and effort on behalf of both of our communities.

David Struthers

Past Library Commissioner

Past president, Friends of the Library of Los Altos

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