In an unscripted move, Palo Alto Mayor Greg Scharff on Monday night went along with urgings from the public and signed on to Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun-control initiative co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
During the oral communications portion of a well-attended City Council meeting, Scharff heard from several residents who asked him to join the coalition of about 1,000 mayors, including co-founders Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. When Steve Eittreim urged him to sign a form and add his name to the list, Scharff took the highly unusual step of responding to a speaker during oral communication. He asked Eittreim to bring the form forward.
"Mayor Scharff will exercise his personal privilege. Bring the form up, and he will sign it," Scharff responded, before doing so.
Scharff's signature came after several other speakers entreated him to add Palo Alto to the list of cities that support gun control. Palo Alto resident Mary Fitch spoke several minutes after Scharff signed and thanked him for taking the step.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing the mayor of Palo Alto added to the list of Mayors Against Illegal Guns," Fitch said.