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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                 Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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December 4, 2013                            
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The East Palo Alto Council's reorganization is a regular event that takes place each year. But, while the event is an annual one, the positions of the participants taking part in the event change. This year was no exception.

At the council's reorganization this past Tuesday, December 3, council members selected a new mayor, Council member Laura Martinez, and a new vice mayor, Council member Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier, to represent the council and the city.

Both the mayor and the vice mayor were elected separately on a 3 to 1 vote.

The election started with Yarbrough-Gauthier nominating Martinez. Council member Larry Moody nominated himself to a round of applause from the audience who attended the meeting.  During the voting, Mayor Ruben Abrica, and Council members Martinez and Yarbrough-Gauthier voted for Martinez, while Moody cast the ‘no’ vote, making the vote 3 to 1 for Martinez, who became East Palo Alto’s new mayor.

After Martinez’ selection, Council member Abrica nominated Yarbrough-Gauthier to be the city’s vice mayor. Again, Council member Moody nominated himself. During the voting, Mayor Ruben Abrica, and Council members Martinez and Yarbrough-Gauthier voted for Yarbrough-Gauthier, while Moody again, cast the ‘no’ vote.

So, Yarbrough-Gauthier was elected as the vice-mayor by a vote of 3 to 1.

When the voting was over, Moody made it a point to tell everyone that he was “a team player” and that he fully supported Martinez as the mayor and Yarbrough-Gauthier as the vice mayor. He said it was important for the council to work together to make the proper decisions for the residents of East Palo Alto.

The council’s next order of business is the selection of a new council member to fill the vacant seat that was held by Council member David Woods, who resigned from the council on October 1. The selection will take place during a special council meeting that will be held on Thursday, December 5 at 6:45 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.


The author of this article, Henrietta J. Burroughs, can be contacted by email at epatoday@epatoday.org.


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