Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 23, 2011

3 picked to share vice mayor's post

City clerk resolved political fuss

by Jeb Bing

The political fuss over who will serve as vice mayor of Pleasanton during next November's municipal election has been resolved by the single-handed action of City Clerk Karen Diaz.

Two weeks ago, Mayor Jennifer Hosterman suggested rotating the customary full-year appointment so that no single council member would have an advantage in the mayoral election. Hosterman will be termed out next year and two on the council -- Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne -- have announced they will seek the mayor's post in the Nov. 6 election.

The two others, council members Cindy McGovern and Matt Sullivan, while also being termed out after serving eight years on the council, also could seek the mayor's post, although neither has indicated that they will.

But Hosterman's proposal was rejected by McGovern, who said she was appointed by Hosterman to the vice mayor's post only once in the seven years she's been on the council and she wasn't about to take a lame duck appointment in 2012.

So the duty was made into three segments of four months with Diaz holding a lottery for the three "candidates." But none came to the drawing: Thorne is in Switzerland, Cook-Kallio is recovering from surgery, and Sullivan couldn't break away from his job in San Francisco.

Diaz reached into a box containing the names and announced the results: Cook-Kallio, who has been vice mayor this year will continue through April 11; Sullivan takes over on April 12, with Thorne holding the vice mayor's post from Aug. 10 through Dec. 4, during the municipal election.

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