Wednesday, May 03, 2006
It's good to have friends
I could not make it to the annual Arbor Day ceremony in Oak Meadow Park on Friday [schedule conflicts seem to be my life nowadays], but my fellow Council Members BARBARA SPECTOR and MIKE WASSERMAN did a great job in talking about the history of Arbor Day and bragging a bit about Los Gatos being a Tree City, USA for 25 years. Our record beats out the other 7 cities in the Valley who also have Tree City status and 5 that haven’t yet qualified for this honor bestowed by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. It was a special ceremony because a tree was planted that day in honor of the late Joseph Pirzynski, father of Vice Mayor JOE PIRZYNSKI. [Memorial trees can be donated by family or friends as a long-lasting tribute.] We are elected to Council as individuals and we continue to act as independent thinkers and decision-makers, but it is nice to develop personal friendships with the people that you spend so much time with. We are all different, but we share a commitment to the community and respect for each other. And I have to say that makes a tough job a little easier.