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News - December 25, 2013

Woodside: Safe routes to school a priority for Mayor Dave Burow

by Dave Boyce

Dave Burow, on the Woodside Town Council since 2007, was elected on Dec. 10 in a unanimous vote to serve as mayor for the next 12 months.

Mr. Burow served as mayor pro-tempore for the previous 12 months and was in line to hold the gavel. His colleagues last elected him mayor in 2009.

The council elected Councilman Tom Shanahan as mayor pro-tempore for the coming year.

It's common practice for the mayoralty to rotate among council members. The job is largely ceremonial and includes setting the agenda and chairing council meetings.

The highest priority for the year ahead is making it safer for children to walk and bike to school, Mr. Burow said. Also high on the list: rationalizing the regulations regarding properties that have been grandfathered in when zoning regulations changed, and improving communication between residents and the town.

The NextDoor network is likely to be pivotal in that effort, Mr. Burow said. It's taken hold in Woodside and is among the top 20 most active NextDoor communities in the company's network, according to a NextDoor spokesperson.

Mr. Burow, 61, is the chief executive officer and co-founder of CloudOpt, a Redwood City-based provider of services to accelerate data into and out of the computing cloud.

Mr. Burow has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Purdue University and a master's degree in business from the University of Chicago. He has held executive positions in many high-technology start-up companies.

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