Sunday, August 27, 2006


Today is Pascagoula Day in LG

It was my honor to proclaim today Pascagoula Day in Los Gatos to commemorate the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina [Aug. 29] and to recognize the efforts of Los Gatos individuals, organizations and businesses to help the people of our adopted sister city recover from the devastation they experienced last summer. Please visit the website to get more information on how Los Gatos has helped and what still needs to be done. Recovery will take 2-3 years, and Los Gatos is committed to long-term assistance. We had two guests from Pascagoula in town this weekend – Linda Cumbest and Linda Whitmore – and it was fun to see them talking with folks at both the Farmers Market this morning and Music in the Park this evening. And it gave me a great example to talk about at the kick-off reception for the 2006-07 Leadership Los Gatos class this afternoon. The initiative of our residents to step forward and say we want to help – and then making it happen -- is what leadership is all about. Special applause, please, to these individuals who were among the first to care and get involved: TOM CARSON, JOE VAROZZA, DAVE HENDERSON, LEE NEISH and FRANK BERGANDI. More have joined the effort but it was these fellows who were the “early adopters” of the Los Gatos Town to Town Consortium.

Saturday, August 26, 2006


Two for one

Two events to talk about, but only one photo since the batteries on my camera decided to die at an inconvenient moment. Thursday evening was the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce mixer at Oak Meadow Park, featuring the Red Cross and several of the wineries that make their home in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was a nice hometown crowd. Then Friday morning was the annual Women’s Equality Day Breakfast sponsored by the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. Lots of Los Gatos people there in and among the 600 guests. Not sure which gave off more energy – big pots of coffee for the 7 a.m. start time…. or the zesty performance of Folklorico Nacional Juvenil … or the high spirits of the women and men in the room celebrating the 86th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. It’s hard to believe that it took until 1920 for women to have the opportunity to participate in America’s democracy.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


The next generation of leaders

Today was orientation day for the 2006-07 Youth Commission and it was my pleasure to deliver an official welcome from the Mayor. They will spend the rest of the afternoon learning about the workings of town government, and beginning to plan what they would like to accomplish this year. These teens are so impressive. No need to worry about tomorrow with their capable hands ready to take the helm. If you know any of them, please say Congratulations and Thank You for serving the Town: REETA BANERJEE, JONATHAN BERTHET, ASHLEY YUKI, OLIVIA COLLIVER, JORDAN KAHLER, LIZ MELLEMA, PETER HADAR, STANFORD STICKNEY, AMY ZHANG, HALLIE BARNES, ELLEN ROCKDALE, BRONWYN STONE, JAN VAN BRUGGEN, NICKY ROBINSON, ZACH HERSBERGER, RACHEL CARSON, SUSAN KAHNG, JASON LOUIE, LINDSAY TRONE, KELSEY HALL. And thank you, also, to Police Chief SCOTT SEAMAN and the team from the Police Department for being such great mentors and liaisons to the Youth Commission.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


Happy Birthday to us

It was fitting that about 100 children were at the Los Gatos Library to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Los Gatos Children's Library. It was fun to lead them -- and their parents -- in singing Happy Birthday to the Library. Children in Los Gatos use the Library a lot and check out about a quarter million items a year. Children's attendance at Library programs has doubled over the last 10 years, and we are squeezed for space during storytimes, one of the most popular features. Learning how to use the Library and feel comfortable and welcome there is a great lesson for youngsters.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


A busy day

This afternoon I attended a Town Hall Meeting sponsored by Assemblymember Ira Ruskin on legislative issues pertaining to California’s future energy needs. He graciously invited me to say a few words about the commitment of Los Gatos to protecting the environment, and the timing was great. Did you see the article in this morning’s Mercury News about solar energy production? With 131 solar projects and 568,819 kilowatts produced, Los Gatos was near the top of the list of all cities in the Bay Area. For over 20 years Los Gatos has been on the forefront of promoting sustainable and green building techniques, and that priority is reflected in our General Plan. But I digress. It was an interesting two-hour discussion and you could tell from the questions that the 50+ people in attendance have a passion for conserving resources and leaving Mother Earth the way we found her.


They're off and strolling

Just got back from the opening ceremony of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event at Vasona Park. Over the next 24 hours, 374 volunteers will be walking in circles to raise money for cancer research and support services for cancer patients and their families. Vice Mayor JOE PIRZYNSKI was also there, along with one of his Los Gatos students from Mitty High School, ALEXIS REILLY, who was the youth chair of the event. This is one impressive young woman and her story of surviving cancer was truly inspirational.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


It's re-election time

You may have seen in the newspaper that I have filed for re-election to the Los Gatos Town Council for a second, 4- year term. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7, and I would appreciate your vote. I am not going to use this blog for campaigning, but if you are interested in learning more about why I want to continue my work on the Council, please visit my campaign website at This currently has basic information and more will be added as we get into the campaign season.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


The happiest birthday

I was honored today to be included in the 100th birthday celebration of Los Gatos resident Russell Wintle! I was hoping to have the opportunity to participate in someone’s centennial party, and so I was pleased to receive the invitation from Faith Lutheran Church. Last week I spent a couple of days at the statewide meeting of sanitation districts learning what’s new in sewers and wastewater treatment [don’t be jealous just because we electeds get all the fun], and former Campbell Mayor Don Burr told me he only had one centurion during three terms as mayor. It’s a rare privilege and I thank the Wintle family for letting me be part of it. I had not met Mr. Wintle before today but it turned out he worked at GE the same time as my mother and remembered her. A small and happy world.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Stand up, sit down

Years ago I had a law firm as a client in my business and I learned there are two kinds of lawyers: “stand up” [litigators like criminal and personal injury] and “sit down” [corporate, real estate, estate planning, etc.]. I thought about that this week because mayors have both stand up [public appearances] and sit down [behind the scenes meetings and policy work] duties.

This has been a sit down week with several meetings on meaty issues that I can’t talk about here until they go public at Council meetings. Some were problem solving, some were future focused, and some were devoted to giving staff direction on a variety of matters. The public appearances can be fun and glitzy, but the serious parts of the leadership challenge are played out in weeks like this one.

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