LOS ALTOS HILLS, California, August 2, 2002 --
Two aspiring candidates for Town Council have asked to be listed as
endorsers of the Los Altos Hills Open Space Initiative. Dean Warshawsky
have requested that their names be listed as supporters of
Town-owned open space and recreation properties. Although the initiative is
still in the drafting process, the two are committed to helping to get the
initiative passed to protect six key open space and recreation properties in
the Town of Los Altos Hills.
These properties include: Westwind Barn and Byrne Preserve, O'Keefe Open
Space, Rhus Ridge properties, Juan Prado Mesa Preserve, Little League
Fields, and Edith Park. Descriptions of these properties can be found on the
LAH Open Space website - www.lahopenspace.com
On July 24th the Town received notification from the California
Department of Transportation that the encumbrances restricting the O'Keefe
property for "public use" have been removed. The current Town Council has
pushed hard to have these restrictions removed in order to be able to sell
the land. The endorsers of the Open Space Initiative believe that the sale
of public assets shouldn't be allowed without a vote of the residents.
Organizers of LAH Open Space have been informed that the Open Space
Initiative will not make the November 2002 ballot due to time lines for
filing, gathering signatures, etc. However, they are optimistic about
getting the issue to the ballot for a special election in 2003.
Los Altos Hills residents wanting like to learn more or who would like to help
should contact Nancy Couperus at
or Val Metcalfe at
for more information.