Tuesday: Menlo Park City Council to pick new mayor


The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to go through a yearly rite, passing the mantle of mayorship from one member to the next, during its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The title of mayor, according to city guidelines, rotates among council members who have served at least one year. Priority goes to the member who has had the most time go by since last holding the position. If there are two candidates with equal seniority, the council may choose between them.

Usually the person who is handed the gavel each December is the current mayor pro tempore, or vice mayor. Menlo Park's current mayor pro tem is Rich Cline.

Mr. Cline served two consecutive terms as mayor in 2010 and 2011. The unusual back-to-back terms occurred after former council member Kelly Ferguson, who had been selected as the mayor for 2011, was revealed to have violated the Brown Act by lobbying council members one on one for their votes to help her become mayor. Shortly thereafter, she resigned from the position and Mr. Cline was reelected to serve another one year term by the City Council.

The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the City Council Chambers (701 Laurel St.). A new vice mayor will also be appointed, and current Mayor Catherine Carlton will be recognized for her service. A community reception will follow the meeting.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Mr. Cline last served as mayor in 2010.

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a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 1, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Cline last served as mayor in 2011 after the Fergusson fiasco.

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a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 1, 2015 at 3:16 pm

The story is fine. Cline became mayor again in December of 2010, and served as mayor until December of 2011.

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a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Dec 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm

The story first said Cline last served as mayor in 2010. This is now a revised (and corrected) version.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 1, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Thank you Cat for being such a good mayor and congratulations to Rich Cline for his hat trick. I have been a City Council follower since 1996. Until 2012 there had been much vitriol and acrimony among the council members and at times it seemed like the Hatfield's and McCoy's.

In 2012 we finally got a city council where there was mutual respect and a willingness to put differences aside to work together for the good of the city. This City Council is now unquestionably the best one in at least twenty years.

Thank you Cat, Rich, Kirsten, Peter and Ray. You have done well by Menlo Park and I am grateful for your assiduousness, professionalism, perseverance, and striving to govern in the best interests of the city.

It is also good to have Chip Taylor back. We missed you Chip and now we welcome you back with open arms.

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