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Amy Worth Is The New Mayor of Orinda

Reorganized council votes 14-year council member in Tuesday night; Sue Severson is the vice mayor.

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.

Onions and Opinions Make You Cry December 05, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Sue is the vice mayor? Sympathies to Orinda residents.
Steve Cohn December 05, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Everyone has a right to their opinion and I understand some people not wanting their "real" name known, but if you are going to throw unsubstantiated bombs like this, you should have the guts to do it under your real name.
Valerie Sloven December 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I agree Steve.
Onions and Opinions Make You Cry December 05, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Onions and Opinions Make You Cry. Politicians are free to stay out of the kitchen.
Onions and Opinions Make You Cry December 05, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Please see my response to Steve. Politicians are free to stay out of the kitchen if they don't like what's for dinner.
Valerie Sloven December 05, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I understand some people think politicians are fair game, and most public officials do have pretty thick skins, but it is still cowardly not to use your real name.
Onions and Opinions Make You Cry December 05, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Does your name requirement extend to the comments on this site about national political figures such as Obama and Romney? If it does, I don't recall you complaining in those threads. If you did, please forgive me. Many of those threads grew so long that I didn't have the time or inclination to keep up. Perhaps you only extend your name requirement to local politics? If so that's fine and I would enjoy reading your thoughts as to whether the discourse should be different when addressing national versus local politics. Steve, feel free to offer your thoughts on this, as well. A different standard for national and local politics? Or you're just mad because you know Sue?
Steve Cohn December 05, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Your are right about being more sensitive with people you actually see at Theater Square as opposed to untouchables like Romney or Obama. I guess I just get tired of people saying things are bad (or good) without any reason given; especially when they personalize it. When we were raising our children and we were unhappy with them, we were taught to criticize the behavior, not the person. So when you send your sympathies to us because Sue Severson is Vice Mayor, I don't know what aspect of Sue Severson, or her behavior, you are disturbed with. Is it that she lives south of Highway 24; or that she is Mormon; or Republican; or that her son is on the school board? Or is it something she actually has done or not done? I am not 100% sure why I draw the line at someone nameless, like a PAC, throwing out an invective as opposed to a real person. I just think it is over the line. One can deal with a mano-a-mano confrontation (the accuser has to look you in the eye when you meet on the street) but when faced with the faceless opponent, a mano-a-emoticon confrontation, one's recourse is to walk away (and to some this implicitly validates the complaint) or slash away at the phantasma. It's just playing dirty pool on your part. I think it is wrong and worthless at any level, but it is mean and whimpy at the local level.
Valerie Sloven December 06, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I wear my politics on my sleeve, my car, and my lawn, and in letters to the editor.I register people to vote, make calls and walk precincts for candidates and causes. I firmly believe that if you have an opinion, accusation or complaint about someone then stand up and use your own name. What are you afraid of ?
Onions and Opinions Make You Cry December 06, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Interesting perspective & I appreciate your honesty about your inconsistency. Yet, I disagree & I have my reasons. None you listed. But reasonable reasons & raisins.
Onions and Opinions Make You Cry December 06, 2012 at 02:12 AM
I'm glad that strategy works for you. Keep it up. It doesn't work for this chef though.
Valerie Sloven December 06, 2012 at 03:46 AM
@Onions Is Prop 8 the reason ??
Onions and Opinions Make You Cry December 06, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Prop 8? No. That was an eternity ago. I doubt she influenced many on that issue and she was the odd girl out as the vote tally for our area and county showed. When someone is unpleasant to a friend, you tend not to forget it and make it personal. I have my onions and opinions for reasons and raisins.

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