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San Mateo's New City Council Shares Optimism, Visionary Future, and Encourages Community Participation

    San Mateo, CA (December 17, 2013)…
2014 will be a year of change for the City of San Mateo, which began in November with the retirement of City Manager, Susan Loftus and the appointment of Interim City Manager, Larry Patterson.  The changes continued at the reorganization meeting of the San Mateo City Council on December 2nd.

    During the meeting, Council Member Robert Ross was selected as Mayor and Council Member Maureen Freschet was selected as Deputy Mayor.  In addition, Joe Goethals joined the City Council following his election in November and David Lim and Robert Ross began their second terms on the Council along with continuing Council Member Jack Matthews. We also bid farewell to Brandt Grotte, who served on the City Council for eight years following prior service on the Planning Commission and San Mateo United Homeowners Association.

    The ceremonial meeting provided an opportunity for Council Members to reflect upon the past year, share their future goals, and speak to the accomplishments they are most proud of. Grotte was recognized by his fellow Council Members, County Board of Supervisors; Carole Groom, representatives from the offices of California State Senators; Jerry Hill and Leland Yee, as well as California Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, and received a Congressional Record from Congress Woman Jackie Speier.
    Council Member Jack Matthews, who worked with Grotte on the Planning Commission as well as citizen advisory committees, recalled many of Grotte’s achievements, specifically those that will become his legacy to San Mateo.  These accomplishments include taking on FEMA, which resulted in providing flood protection for over 8,000 properties in the Shoreview neighborhood. Grotte also served as the lead Council Member on all issues related to high-speed rail, and initiated the City’s efforts in developing an Environmental Sustainability Plan.

    “Brandt has certainly made a difference.” Matthews said of his long-time friend and colleague. “I wish you well in your retirement, but suspect that this is not the end of your commitment to our community.”

    Outgoing Mayor Lim spoke to his experience as Mayor this past year recognizing and thanking his family for their patience and inspiration as well as past Councils and City leaders for establishing strong fiscal policies that guided the City through the economic recession.  “As we come out of the recession,” he says. “We are seeing a more dynamic and engaged citizenry.” 

    Incoming Council Member Goethals spoke to San Mateo’s bright present and future and shared a great sense of duty and optimism as he reflected upon the words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  Goethals looks forward to working with and facing all of San Mateo’s challenges with his fellow Council Members. 
    Following the nomination by Lim, Council Member Robert Ross was appointed as Mayor by the City Council.   “San Mateo is fortunate to have a great community and staff,” Ross stated as he settled into the Mayoral seat. “We will do the best we can to provide good governance, but I encourage the community to share their thoughts and provide input so that the San Mateo City Council can achieve the best results for everyone.” 

    Ross’s first action as Mayor was to nominate Council Member, Freschet as Deputy Mayor.  She too looks forward to working with Mayor Ross and the rest of her colleagues on City Council.  “Together,” she says.  “We look forward to moving established goals forward as well as the ones that we will establish in the coming year.”

    San Mateo is fortunate to have a visionary and optimistic City Council that keeps the needs of the San Mateo community at the forefront of the decisions they must make.  The strategic vision which guides the San Mateo City Council includes: providing safe, clean, and attractive neighborhoods; enhancing the quality of life for residents and youth; maintaining a successful business community; allowing for orderly planning and development; and providing opportunities for an open, participative, and effective City government. 

    The City of San Mateo looks forward to working with the 2014 City Council and is excited to implement the changes and initiatives that are to come in the New Year.

Patrice Olds
City Clerk
(650) 522 7042

San Mateo City Hall – 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

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