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News - January 6, 2017

Scharff, Kniss to lead Palo Alto in 2017

Fine, Kou and Tanaka join City Council

Marking a changing of the guard at City Hall, the Palo Alto City Council bid farewell Tuesday night to three outgoing members, welcomed three newcomers and unanimously elected as its mayor and vice mayor two council veterans who will need no orientation: Greg Scharff and Liz Kniss.

Their election came minutes after Kniss, Lydia Kou, Adrian Fine and Greg Tanaka took their oaths of office in a ceremony that brought an overflow crowd of more than 200 people to the Council Chambers.

Upon his election as mayor, Scharff thanked his colleagues and pledged to work with all council members to address the city's challenges, which include completing the Comprehensive Plan update and moving ahead with at least one affordable-housing project.

"I hope we work together, frankly, to compromise, build consensus and continue to solve the challenges we face and the problems that will undoubtedly arise this year," said Scharff, who also served as mayor in 2013.

Kniss, a former two-time mayor who in November earned more votes than any of her 10 election opponents, emphasized the need for all colleagues to work together and respect each other.

"The ability to disagree in public and go in the backroom and be agreeable with each other — it's very important to do that," Kniss said.

—Gennady Sheyner

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