The San Leandro City Council will decide who will be the next Vice Mayor at its meeting on May 3, 2010. Although the City Charter simply states, "In the absence of the Mayor, the Vice Mayor shall possess and perform the powers and duties of the Mayor," the discussion about who should be Vice Mayor, and why, has been quite robust in recent years.
When San Leandro Bytes asked former San Leandro Shelia Young about the position, she responded, "The Charter describes the duties of the Vice Mayor to be able to perform the tasks of Mayor in the absence of the Mayor. It is a major responsibility and shouldn't be taken lightly, nor should it be a popularity contest. I have always felt whoever is appointed should be able to fill in for the mayor at the drop of a hat!"
Two years ago, current Vice Mayor Joyce Starosciak lost out to Bill Stephens in a 4-3 vote, with Councilmembers Jim Prola, Diana Souza, and Starosciak voting against. Mayor Santos said that the position should rotate among the City Council districts while former Councilmember Surlene Grant noted that Starosciak was up for election and the title of Vice Mayor might give Starosciak an advantage. One year later, Starosciak received a unanimous vote for Vice Mayor.
A one-year contract extension for San Leandro City Manager Steve Hollister is part of the consent calendar, which is usually approved unanimously. Hollister was appointed City Manager in December 2008, after serving for nearly four months as Interim City Manager and four years as Assistant City Manager.
The staff report, which includes the contract, states that the City Council made the decision on April 19, 2010, to reappoint Stephen Hollister "as City Manager effective July 1, 2010."
Also on the consent calendar: the City Council will likely approve a $100 fee for each tree that residents request for the sidewalks in the front of their houses. Previously, residents have received this service for free and at other times have been charged $50.
The San Leandro City Council meeting starts at 7pm on May 3, 2010, in the City Council Chambers at 835 E. 14th Street in San Leandro. The complete agenda is available at http://www.sanleandro.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=6262.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at April 30, 2010 4:41 PM | TrackBack