Monte Sereno’s new council members were sworn in tonight and the new Mayor and Vice Mayor were appointed. City Council chambers in Monte Sereno were packed, with standing room only. Last year, the swearing in was held at Daves Avenue Elementary School.
Bryan had arrived early after dropping Nik off for his Boy Scout Troop meeting so he had a front row seat, perfect to take photos. The Chief of Police for Los Gatos/Monte Sereno, Scott Seaman, was in full uniform and sat beside Bryan.
There were five candidates running for three seats for City Council in the November 2, 2010 election. Curtis Rogers, Burton Craig and Marshall Anstandig were elected for a four-year term.
Prior to the swearing in of the new council members, the outgoing Mayor, Don Perry, presented a Proclamation of Appreciation to five citizens of Monte Sereno, including Barbara Allen. Barbara has been a resident of Monte Sereno since 1962 and has been Chairperson of the Site and Architecture Commission numerous times. Barbara and Vice Mayor Lana Malloy were on the Site and Architecture Commission when we applied for our Site Development permit on July 16, 2008 (Marshall Anstandig was Chairperson at that time). Both Barbara and Lana have been to several events at our project site.
We were delighted to see Mayor Don Perry acknowledge the countless hours of volunteer service that Barbara has contributed to the City of Monte Sereno.
Subsequently, Mayor Don Perry nominated Marshall Anstandig as Mayor. The nomination passed unanimously. The new Mayor then nominated council member Susan Garner as Vice Mayor; that nomination passed unanimously.
After a brief recess so the new council members, Mayor and Vice Mayor could take their seats, Mayor Marshall Anstandig called the meeting to order again and asked if anyone in the Council Chambers would like to speak. Bryan, of course, took the opportunity to welcome the new council members and say how much we enjoy being part of the community in Monte Sereno.
After the meeting adjourned, Bryan spoke briefly with the former Vice Mayor, Lana Malloy and asked why she declined to serve as Mayor. Lana explained that it is a very busy time for her as her husband is recovering from a serious bicycle injury. We know that Lana will be nominated as Mayor before her first term is up.