Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 30, 2011

Pleasanton works out vice mayor rotation

City clerk Karen Diaz single-handedly resolves 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.

At the last City Council meeting, Mayor Jennifer Hosterman suggested rotating the customary full-year appointment so that no single council member would have an advantage in the year when a new mayor will be elected. 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, could seek the mayor's post, although they have not 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's not about to take a lame duck appointment in 2012.

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

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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