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A Unique Zip Code Change

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December 12, 2017

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am Gary Waldeck, your Los Altos Hills Mayor (for another day or two).

Many of you know that I have been championing the idea of attaining a unique ZIP Code for Los Altos Hills. I’d like to tell you why I have pursued this effort.  

The primary objective is to make our streets and homes safer from traffic or if an emergency evacuation is needed.

We all know that we have a unique environment in Los Altos Hills; it’s why we live here. Our Town is semi-rural with more than 94 miles of trails and over 130 miles of mostly narrow and winding streets, all without street lights or sidewalks. It can be dangerous to walk on our streets after dark.  Two of our townspeople narrowly avoided being hit by speeding automobiles while they collected their mail after it was delivered in darkness. We need to fix that situation.

During the recent Santa Rosa fires, local authorities learned many lessons; a key one was that their ZIP Code area was too simply large to determine if people should be warned of danger (or not) and so, they chose not to alert the residents. More than 40 people died as a result. A smaller ZIP Code area will make that decision much easier.
In the November, 2017 Town Council meeting, the Los Altos Hills Council unanimously voted to request the United States Postal Service (USPS) to consider our request for a unique ZIP Code. The City of Los Altos has endorsed the idea as well.  It is a smart thing to do … for each of our cities.

Below are links to the documents that outline our request and the associated rationale for our request.  I invite you to view or download the documents.  The first one is our December 6, 2017 letter to the US Postal Service requesting a new ZIP Code.  The other items have supplementary information that includes a document that examines the many different reasons why we should seek a new ZIP Code for Los Altos Hills as well as the process for change if the USPS agrees to our request. It also contains references for every relevant idea/issue identified in the process.

In the study of our ZIP Codes, I’ve learned that a unique ZIP Code is likely to increase the value of our homes and is very probable that our home and auto insurance rates will be reduced as well. In addition, it would enable our municipal authorities to gain much more accurate demographic information about our residents.

When/if the USPS agrees with our request, every property in both the Town and the associated Urban Service Area will be included in a survey that will be conducted by the US Postal Service.  If greater than 50% agree with the initiative, a new ZIP Code will be assigned and associated with the name of “Los Altos Hills”.

At this writing, a number of our citizens have had the opportunity to review the variety of topics discovered during the research for the project. Most have endorsed the idea that seeking a new ZIP Code for Los Altos Hills is a good idea and can result in many benefits to both the Town as well as for each individual resident. Certainly, our citizen’s safety will be improved.

One of the next steps will be to hold several Town Meetings at Town Hall.  And, if you might like to conduct a neighborhood meeting for your own local area, I’d be happy to attend and address the issues and concerns that might be raised.

With that, I invite you to review this material and if you agree, to support the initiative by sharing the initiative with your friends and neighbors.  

Last, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.  I’d be happy to address your concerns.
My very best regards,

Gary


Gary Waldeck, Mayor
Town of Los Altos Hills
GCWaldeck@Gmail.com
(510) 219-9464 (Office/Cell)



Links to  documents: https://www.losaltoshills.ca.gov/401/Unique-Zip-Code-for-Los-Altos-Hills


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