As expected, Menlo Park's City Council voted Rich Cline into the mayor's seat and John Boyle into the role of vice mayor at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1.
In his remarks during the meeting, Mr. Cline stressed his respect for Menlo Park's history, and for the efforts of past generations of city leaders. He couched the council's current efforts, particularly a major downtown planning process, as a continuation -– rather than a re-direction –- of past policies. He asked for patience from some longtime residents who are skeptical of that effort, and of the city's negotiations over a mammoth office/hotel project proposed by the Bohannon Development Co.
Mr. Cline takes over the position from Councilman Heyward Robinson.
The mayor chairs council meetings, but has no executive authority. The position rotates among council members.
Mr. Boyle, the lone "minority" voice on the council, will slide into Mr. Cline's former post as vice mayor.
Though the meeting was celebratory in nature, it wasn't without conflict. Prior to the seat-swapping and speech-giving, the council majority voted 4-1 to urge Mr. Boyle to withdraw his name from consideration for a seat on the SamTrans South County Cities board, appointed by a regional body. The council formally endorsed Mr. Robinson, who is also seeking the position. Mr. Boyle was the lone dissenter.
See the print edition of next week's Almanac for more information.