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Meet New Los Gatos Planner Kendra Burch

New town planner looks forward to working with colleagues on commission and utilize their strengths in decision-making process.

Kendra Burch has been elected vice chairwoman of the Los Gatos Planning Commission for 2014. Courtesy Kendra Burch
Kendra Burch has been elected vice chairwoman of the Los Gatos Planning Commission for 2014. Courtesy Kendra Burch
Kendra Burch, unanimously elected as vice-chairwoman of the Los Gatos Planning Commission, began volunteering for the Historic Preservation Committee in Los Gatos shortly after moving to town in 2003.

It was a love of the small town character that fueled her desire to help preserve the charm and uniqueness of Los Gatos and that has driven her to continue her work on the Planning Commission, she said.

This month, she began serving alongside new Planning Commission chairwoman Margaret Smith, who was appointed to the body in August of 2011.

As vice chair, Burch plans to work closely with Smith to maintain a commission that works together, each member utilizing his or her strengths in the decision making processes. 

There are a number of important items coming to the Planning Commission this year and she hopes to use her 16 years of construction experience to help guide and assist in the decision making process, she said.

The Commission makes recommendations to the Los Gatos Town Council regarding planning, subdivisions, zoning and other land-use regulatory controls.

Smith replaced Santa Clara University vice provost for planning and administration Charles Erekson, who served as chairman of the commission during 2013.

The position is rotated every year and commissioners serve a four-year term.

Joining Smith, Burch and Erekson on the Commission are Thomas O'Donnell, Marico Sayoc, Joanne Talesfore and Mary Bedame.

Los Gatos Community Development Director Sandy Baily is the staff liaison to the body. 

The Commission meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, in the Los Gaots Town Council Chambers, 110 E. Main St., at 7 p.m. Its meetings are broadcast live on KCAT-15. Live and archived videos are also available online.


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Jeremy Barousse January 16, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Welcome to Los Gatos Ms. Burch! Your qualifications are impressive. You are coming in during an exciting time for planning and development in LG and will contribute to a long legacy in the area.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 16, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Welcome & wishing U the Best!
Marilyn Leonard January 16, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Congrats and good luck in your new position.
Ethan Harmer January 16, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Tough to replace Marcia Jensen.
Maria Ristow January 17, 2014 at 02:47 AM
Kendra-- you have demonstrated your ability to learn quickly and make careful, informed decisions in your first year on the PC, when you were selected to replace Marcia Jensen after her election to TC. Glad you were reappointed to the Planning Commission last month and elected vice-chair this month. Congratulations!
Todd Hill January 17, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Welcome Kendra, we look forward to working with you SVHOME.COM.

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