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Lawson Asks Silva To Take Mayoral Reins Next Year

Kristina Lawson was in line to be mayor in 2013, but has asked instead that councilwoman Cindy Silva take the gavel.

Assuming the City Council approves the motion at a meeting this year, Cindy Silva, who served as Walnut Creek mayor in 2011, will once again wield the gavel in 2013.

The council rotates the mayoral seat, and it went from Silva to the current mayor, Bob Simmons, who just won reelection to the council. It was due to go to Kish Rajan next, but in September he accepted a job as the first director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development in Sacramento, and though he was on the ballot, did not choose to seek reelection. The mayor pro tem, or next in line, was Gary Skrel, who chose not to seek reelection this year. 

That meant Kristina Lawson, who was due to take the gavel herself in 2014, got pushed up the line to be mayor in 2013. But at the last council meeting on Nov. 5, she asked Silva to take the mayorship "for a variety of reasons." Lawson expanded on that for Walnut Creek Patch two days later.

"It's not that I can’t do it or don’t want to do it," she said. "I was three back in that rotation. There is no one specific reason, but I asked to be kept in the spot that I had been planning for. Cindy's in a good position to lead us through the initial phase of our work plan, given her work on the Blue Ribbon Task Force. I’ll be serving as her mayor pro-tem." 

That means, barring any more surprises, resignations, or musical council chairs, Lawson will wield the gavel in 2014.

One more time with feeling November 19, 2012 at 10:35 PM
If you are the Executive Director of the Library Foundation, please correctly use grammar & punctuation. You are "done with these dialog [sic]...." http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/period?s=t Definition #10 or #11. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ellipsis?s=t&ld=1118 Definition #2 No personal attack, just trying to help. Oscar Wilde's quote is, "When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me." You are saying you are an... never mind. (This is an example of correct ellipsis and period use.) No one said "these people" don't work hard. They put lots of effort into certain projects that don't support Walnut Creek voters. The Contra Costa County Library downtown Walnut Creek branch (CCLdWCb) construction bonds failed twice. That new, very expensive looking, "Library Cafe" sign in front of the CCLdWCb - was that part of the over $300,000 unbudgeted City expense to build-out the 2.5 year late cafe opening or did the Foundation raise funds? I presume you attended the 11/10 "Murder/Mystery" fundraiser. No cheese with that w/hine (and desserts)? http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_21845913/walnut-creek-news-briefs-vets-stories-wanted-howe Perhaps that was not Chamber sponsored... But no cheese here? http://www.diablomag.com/Diablo-Magazine/Faces/Faces-2008/Buena-Vida-at-Va-de-Vi/ ... or here? http://www.diablomag.com/Diablo-Magazine/Faces/Faces-2010/Walnut-Creek-Library-039s-Authors-Under-the-Stars-gala/ "... no knowledge..." Really?
michael frederick November 20, 2012 at 09:47 AM
"Anonymous" Kristin -- with no connection to Team Silva or Library ;), We are making "change" -- we're uncovering fraudulent misrepresentations by City Hall and its surrogates, "Anonymous Kristin." As you can see, the conversation is robust and widening. This is precisely why, as a partisan know-nothing, you felt compelled to dive in! As to council work habits, I don't work alongside them and will have to take your word for it.
Julie Jepsen-Grant November 20, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Thank you for speaking in my defense, Mr. Michael Frederick. I knew I liked you. You had me at 'two beagles'.
Julie Jepsen-Grant November 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
What do you really mean by this? 'Julie, I think you keep trying to get on the task force of your choosing. Keep putting it out there and the opportunity will present itself.' The chamber socials are called B.A.S.H. and they are monthly events.
Julie Jepsen-Grant November 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Sorry, I believe B.A.S.H. stands for Business and Social Hour.

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