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Sue Severson Selected As New Orinda Mayor

Severson will head up the City Council in 2014 with Steve Glazer serving as vice mayor

Orinda Mayor Sue Severson
Orinda Mayor Sue Severson
The Orinda City Council selected Sue Severson on Tuesday night to serve as Orinda's mayor for 2014.

The council also chose Steve Glazer to serve as vice mayor.

Council members also held a celebration to thank Councilwoman Amy Worth for her service as mayor in 2013.

Severson has been on the council since 2006. She served as mayor in 2009 as well as vice mayor this past year.

Glazer has been on the council since 2004. He was mayor in 2007 and 2011.

Worth has been on the council since 1998. She has served has mayor in 2000, 2005 and 2013.

One of the highlights of this past year was the council approving the city's new housing element last month.

Orinda has also seen construction going full bore on several housing projects in the city.

Richard S. Colman December 05, 2013 at 11:28 AM
Democracy is dying -- or dead -- in Orinda. The current five members of the Orinda City Council have never, collectively or individually, in the last two years, held any press conferences or town-hall meetings. There has been no public vote on any major city-council decision. There should have been a citizens' vote on subsidized housing -- called the Housing Element -- to construct, in Orinda, housing for low-income individuals. (I have no objection to low-income individuals living in Orinda.) There should have been a vote on Plan Bay Area, the scheme to building high-rise, high density housing (stack-and pack housing) in Orinda and elsewhere. On July 18-19, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) voted in favor of Plan Bay Area. The chairperson of MTC is Amy Worth, a member of the Orinda City Council. According to the Contra Costa Times, Worth receives $17,400 per year in her MTC job, but she receives no compensation as a member of the Orinda City Council. Is there, with Worth, a conflict of interest if the needs of MTC are different from the needs of Orinda? Can a politician serve two masters, one who pays her and one who does not? In 2012, the Orinda City Council voted unanimously to construct a senior citizens' facility at 2 Irwin Way (across the street from Citibank and the Orinda Safeway). The senior citizens center has 67-houisng units and about 30 parking spaces. Again, Orindans did not have a opportunity to vote on the center, which should have been built in Orinda, but not in downtown Orinda, where parking and traffic are miserable. It's time for Orinda to have democracy, not monarchical, autocratic rule. --Richard Colman, Orinda, California.
Art Ziekel December 06, 2013 at 11:41 AM
4 of the 5 council members have been there between seven and fifteen years. The multi year incumbency rotation from councilperson to mayor and back is unsettling, but these are the people Orindans voted for. Will there be some fresh faces/perspectives throwing their hats in the ring in the next election?
Richard S. Colman December 06, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Art: You have made an excellent arguments for term limits. Orinda's City Council is "old wine in new bottles." Orinda needs new faces -- and new ideas -- on the city council --Richard Colman, Orinda, California.

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