Around Town | January 11, 2013 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

News - January 11, 2013

Around Town

FIRST CHAPTER ... Palo Alto's two newest City Council members made their dais debuts Monday night, and the differences were striking. Liz Kniss, a political veteran who has twice been a Palo Alto mayor and just concluded her last term on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, opened the newest chapter in her council career by reverting to campaign mode and thanking supporters who helped bring her back to the council — her husband, her family and her campaign manager. Attorney Marc Berman, the only truly "new" member of the council, kept a lower profile but managed to inject a little levity to the august proceedings. His first comments after being sworn in came after Councilman Larry Klein nominated Greg Scharff to serve as the city's mayor in 2013. At that point, Berman — who was temporarily sitting in outgoing Mayor Yiaway Yeh's chair in the middle of the dais — asked staff for some clarification. "If Greg gets elected, do I lose this seat?" he asked. "It might change my decision." He did lose the seat, but it didn't change his decision. Berman praised Scharff, calling the new mayor "generous with his sage advice but also open to different viewpoints." Scharff was elected unanimously.

This story contains 717 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields


Hangin' with the best

The results are in. See who Palo Alto Weekly readers have selected what they feel are the top spots and service providers in the Palo Alto area across 83 categories.

See the Winners