Tuesday, January 31, 2006

 

Welcome to the My Year As Mayor blog

On November 21, 2005 I was selected by fellow Los Gatos Town Council members to serve for a one-year term as Mayor of Los Gatos. I never would have guessed when I moved to Los Gatos in 1972 that I would ever be Mayor! In the last few weeks I've had many questions about what it is like to be Mayor -- what are the responsibilities of the office? how much time does it take? what do I do, where do I go and who do I meet? It continues to amaze me how much pizzazz is attached to the word “mayor.” In our town, the role is almost entirely ceremonial. The mayor has no more power than any of the other Council members. We all just get one vote. The job of the mayor is to work with the town manager [the CEO of town government] on setting the agenda, and the mayor is the presiding officer at public meetings. But the mayor also is invited to attend many events and to serve as the lead spokesperson for the town. Already I have met a lot of interesting people and learned things about this community that I didn't know. For example, did you know Los Gatos has a yacht club? It's “virtual” since we have no marina where they can dock their boats, but the members of the Los Gatos Yacht Club are a fun and active group, I was honored to attend the installation dinner for the new Commodore, LAUREL KALEDA. It's also been great to meet some of the young people of our community through the new Future Leaders program where we invite a K-8 youngster to attend the Town Council meeting and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. It won't be long until these boys and girls on the ones sitting on the dais.

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