Saturday, September 16, 2006


A busy, busy week

You know I’ve got a lot going on when I don’t have time to blog. Layer re-election campaigning on top of Mayor responsibilities on top of working in my business, and you get a sky high pile of things to do. But it’s all good stuff and that makes this frenetic fall pace worthwhile. So, what have I been up to? Special activities this week included a warm welcome to the new group of volunteers who signed up for the CERT [Community Emergency Response Team] training that started Tuesday night at the Neighborhood Center. As they introduced themselves, it's clear that the success of this program is due in large part to the volunteer efforts of BILL MERCER. One person after another said they learned about it from Bill when he came to their service club, homeowners association, workplace, etc. He's here, there, and everywhere apparantly. This week was also a ribbon cutting for a new Los Gatos medical practice on Los Gatos Boulevard -- Kalia Dermatology & Laser Center. Dr. IRIS GIN explained to me that Kahlia means beauty in Hawaiian. The offices are lovely and they were packed with patients and well-wishers. Friday was a double header with the annual Silicon Valley Leadership Group event for CEOs and elected officials. This year it took place at a Monte Sereno home and the special guest was Governor ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER. Then it was off to the Art in the Council Chambers reception. The new show features the work of the Los Gatos Saratoga Photography Club, and it's great. Highlight of the week, though, was probably presenting a Proclamation to ERIC CHILDS and ROGER MASON of the Los Gatos Lions Club for the annual White Cane Days event on Oct. 5 and 6. The little white canes with a red band at the bottom that you will see on many lapels that week are symbols of the generous contributions made by the Lions Club and community members to helping the blind and visually impaired in many countries. So if you see them around town on those days, open your wallets wide to help out. And that's the week that was.

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