The Orinda City Council unanimously elevated Amy Worth to mayor Tuesday night.
The 14-year council member will serve her third one-year term as mayor.
Worth said she had an epiphany recently as she ascended the steps of the Orinda library headed for a reception for senior citizens. On the steps she passed a young mom with a baby in a backpack, and holding one child by her left hand and another in her right — the family was headed into the library.
"That's what it's all about," said Worth, "serving the citizens of this community. Seeing multiple generations in one moment."
She said she looked forward to working with a council that "does its homework and works very hard." Prospects are for an exciting year ahead, Worth said, particularly the upcoming groundbreaking of a senior housing project in downtown Orinda.
Worth succeeds Steve Glazer as mayor. With a proclamation and multiple tributes, the council members saluted Glazer's leadership, particularly in laying the groundwork for last month's passage of Measure L, a half-cent sales tax increase and the first revenue step in a 10-year plan for upgrading Orinda roads.
Glazer credited "the council collegiality that has made this year so much better."
The council also unanimously approved Sue Severson as vice mayor in the coming year. City Clerk Michele Olsen swore in two re-elected council members: Glazer and Virginia Smith.