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

Dave Burow, on the Woodside Town Council since 2007, was elected in a unanimous vote by his colleagues 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. He was last elected 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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Posted by Woodside Parent
a resident of Woodside School
on Dec 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

I am very glad to read that Mayor Barrow considers the safety of our community's children to be his top priority as a town council member. Well done, Mr. Mayor. You have my full support on this issue.

Unfortunately, this view isn't shared by all the council members. At last week's town council meeting, council member Tom Shanahan repeatedly expressed opposition to the town spending any funds on improving the safety of our children. He went so far as to publically state that any safety improvements should be funded directly by the parents of the children who care about this issue.

I wholeheartedly disagree with his position. Protecting our children as they walk or bike to and from school is not only an appropriate use of town funds, it is, perhaps, the best use of our pooled community resources.

We do not live in some model libertarian utopia. We live in the real world where government has many positive impacts on the lives of our residents. I invite Council Member Shanahan to join Mayor Barrow in the real world and become an advocate for the safety of our children.

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