A revitalized downtown has long been a vision of the citizens and planners in Belmont. I get upset when I hear people ask, "Where is downtown Belmont?" It's there. I know, because I live nearby and shop there. Many of the buildings are in need of upgrading and modernizing in order to create a pedestrian-friendly village atmosphere. The new Safeway was the start of this long-range goal. I spoke at a City Council meeting this past Spring in favor of the smaller "Innisfree" concept for the corner of Ralston and El Camino because I felt that "Raiser's" four-story retail/residential concept was not appropriate for Belmont, especially not at an important entry corner into Belmont. The Downtown Task Force will soon be making its recommendation to City Council with regard to several of the remaining parcels in this unique downtown area. I look forward to assisting with the implementation of their recommendations.