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April 18, 2014

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 I 1 8 3 www.community-newspapers.com $1.00 Anastasia Edwards determined to run, and finish, Boston Marathon + 23 Vol. 131, No. 16 Friday, April 18, 2014 An edition of the BY JUDY PETERSON L os Gatos is one of only four cities in Santa Clara County that does not impose mandatory term limits on its council members—and it looks like things will stay that way in Los Gatos for the foresee- able future. The town council discussed term limits during its April 14 meeting. Mayor Steve Leonardis posed the question, saying he thinks new people may not be running for office because of the expense of campaigning against incum- bents. "The amount of candidates that have stepped for- ward has been limited," Leonardis said, "and I think the lack of [candidate] choices could be the result of the cost of running an expensive campaign for a job that doesn't pay ... and [the cost] to beat an incum- bent." Leonardis, who is running for his second term, said his inquiry about term limits was not directed at any particular council member. The longest-serving current councilman, Joe Pirzynski, is up for re-election this year and has not indicated if he'll be seeking a fifth term. "I find it really important that this be something that is driven by the community ... that that's where it arises," Pirzynski said. Councilwoman Barbara Spector, who is now serving her third term in office, also called for community sup- port. "It would be something I would feel comfortable with if community members came forward with it, as opposed to the council," Spector said. If community members want term limits, they would need to circulate petitions and collect enough valid voter signatures on those petitions to put a pro- posal on the ballot. NO TERM LIMITS FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, SAYS THE TOWN COUNCIL Question comes up for discussion, but there's been no public outcry A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE SAKKESTAD Flying Flying Into Into Spring Spring Spring is in the air, and so is this kite ... or least it soon will be as Jameson O'Leary, 3, helps his brother Gannon get it launched at Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos. April is 'Keep Los Gatos Beautiful' month, and the O'Leary brothers thought the park looked just fine earlier this month. There are many There are many reminders in town reminders in town that tell us spring that tell us spring has sprung has sprung page 16 page 16 Term limits, page 10

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