LACV offers city council areas of focus, goals
The following is an open letter to the Los Altos City Council.
Los Altos Community Voices (LACV) is committed to addressing important local challenges while preserving the small-town feel of our city. In that spirit, we offer the following areas of focus and goals for 2021 for your consideration at your retreat on Saturday. We encourage you to limit your priorities or areas of focus and goals to at most five items in each category in order for substantive progress to occur.
Areas of focus:
• Balance COVID response and economic recovery.
• Produce a city finance overview that includes liabilities such as lawsuits.
• Make Los Altos city government a desirable place to work by demonstrating constructive, respectful relationships among council, staff and community.
Goals for 2021 (SMART= specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, timebound):
• Develop affordable housing policies to meet state requirements and facilitate projects that increase the supply of affordable housing in Los Altos.
• Hire a new city manager and stabilize city staff.
• Reduce the city’s legal liabilities.
• Create a master plan for Grant Park that engages south Los Altos residents of all ages in the planning process.
After your discussion, we hope to see goals with target dates by which you expect to achieve substantive progress this year. We also hope you provide quarterly updates on implementation progress.
Robin Abrams, Curtis Cole, Kim Cranston, Cathy Lazarus, Bill Sheppard and Marie Young
LACV Steering Committee
Kudos to police for engaging with kids
What a nice story that was in the Jan. 13 Town Crier – “Altering Perceptions: Local police officers inspire 3-year-old” – describing Los Altos Police Department officers Anthony Friebel, Kelli Janda and Katie Krauss and police canine Bo engaging with the two sisters, Vanya and Avisha.
The sisters’ father is to be congratulated for proactively taking steps to show his daughters that the police are not to be feared.
Good for Capt. Krauss and her team. As is evident from the article, earlier in her career, Capt. Krauss was the school resource officer for all 16 schools in Los Altos, a program that, at least in the last six years, has never received a formal complaint.