Monday, November 20, 2006


The final day

In just a couple of hours, my year as Mayor will be over. I know we all say that time goes fast each year, but it is especially true for me in 2006. It's hard to believe that it's been 12 months since my fellow Council members selected me to serve as Mayor. What I am going to say tonight at the Council meeting is a giant THANK YOU!!! to the Council, to our incredible town staff, to my supportive family, and to the community who were so kind to me this year and introduced me to so many different aspects of Los Gatos. After 34 years here, I thought I knew this town, but being Mayor brought me into contact with new people, organizations and volunteer efforts that I was unaware of. We are an active community, filled with bright, caring people.

So I know I've said it before, but it truly has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Mayor. I thank you for this opportunity and will remember it for the rest of my life.

Friday, November 03, 2006


Working together

Yesterday's devastating fire in downtown Los Gatos had a positive note. We've talked so much recently about disaster preparedness it was reassuring to see Town staff, from so many different departments, working together with fire personnel, business owners and property owners to get the situation under control. Terrible damage to four businesses, but no one was hurt. And I observed a high level of sensitivity to the emotions and stress of those affected directly and indirectly. I've been asked what the role is of the Mayor in this type of situation. It's to stay out of the way and let the professionals do their jobs. They certainly did well on Thursday, and this community can be proud of them.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Final words about signs [probably]

Unless there is a dramatic turn of events -- like the sign thief being discovered and arrested -- I promise this is the last time I will talk about the theft of so many of my campaign signs. Two additional points to make. In my upset state, I forgot to say a public thank you to JOE PIRZYNSKI for spending a couple of hours on Saturday morning with my family searching dumpsters and other locations for my missing signs. He has his own re-election campaign to worry about, and has also had some signs disappear. I don't doubt for a moment that he will be easily re-elected, but it was kind of him to focus on my problems when could have been meeting and greeting voters. Thank you, Joe.

I also want so share some of the great comments that I have received from supporters. The thief may have taken my signs, but not our spirit. Once again, thank you to everyone who has been so encouraging.

“It made my 'Irish' boil that someone would come into other people’s yards and steal them. I was thinking of trying to teach my cats to bark ferociously!“

“I'm hoping for an over-the-top win for you on Tuesday. Everyone I have talked to or emailed is voting for you.“

“What a cheap shot to steal signs. I am sorry for those people. Believe me, their lives will not work well for them. What goes around comes around. I have sent in my ballot and you are sure to win.“

“Wow, who would think that in bucolic Los Gatos, such a thing would occur? Politics do funny things to people!“

“Stealing of signs of winners seems to have become a tradition. You are a winner and will win!!! I will be making calls and sending my own e-mails.“

“Sorry to hear about your signs, that must be frustrating. Wishing you all the best in the upcoming election; you've done a fabulous job for our town.“

“This is outrageous. A few pilfered signs is one thing, but to systematically take them all is really serious. Dirty tricks in Los Gatos can’t be ignored.“

“It is a shame that such tactics are being done in our local Los Gatos election.“

“I have faith that the voters in LG will return you to the Council---most of them are very smart.“

“I have NO doubt at all that there is a Council chair with your name on it!“

“I knew politics could get Dirty - but didn't expect it in our nice little town of Los Gatos.... I guess that the only positive on something like this is that someone is certainly afraid of your candidacy!“

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