Albany City Council Selects Mayor, Makes Appointments to Boards, Committees and Commissions

Peggy Thomsen is mayor again.

At its meeting Monday, the Albany City Council selected Peggy Thomsen as mayor, Joanne Wile as vice mayor, and made the following appointments: 

Traffic & Safety Commission

Farid Javandel (Atkinson)

Peggy McQuaid (Barnes)

Susan Reeves (Thomsen)

Ken McCroskey (Wile)

John Miki (Maass)


Arts Committee

Cheryl Black (Atkinson)

Jules Kobelin-Arts (Atkinson)

Peter Goodman (Barnes)

Jacqueline Armstrong (Thomsen)

Susan Adame (Wile)


Community Media Access Committee

Ellen Toomey (Atkinson)

Stefanie Kalman (Wile)


Sustainability Committee

Max Wei (Atkinson)

Robert Uhrhammer (Barnes)

Charles Blanchard (Thomsen)


Waterfront Committee

Gordon McCarter (Atkinson)

Brian Johns (Barnes)

Francesco Papalia (Thomsen)


Library Board

Alan Riffer (Barnes)

Karen Leeburg (Wile)


Parks & Recreation Commission

Tod Abbott (Barnes)

Gary Class (Thomsen)

Heather Cunningham (Wile)


Civil Service Board

Robert Cheasty (Maass)

Jack Rosano (Thomsen)


Charter Review Committee

Caryl O’Keefe (Thomsen)


Social & Economic Justice Commission

Ruth Cashmere (Wile)

Michael December 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Caryl, you're right about keeping myl name out of this. But I noticed that there were many here who used a name that might not be their own. Given the personal attacks I think it's probably safer to keep my privacy for awhile. If I find I would like to join a discussion again, I will do as you say.
Michael December 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Elvis has left the building.
Alan Eckert December 20, 2012 at 11:01 PM
"No, that's a cartoonish position." "one of the most politically naive comments I've come across in a while" "There are no old boys on the City council " "Well intended, but ignorantly based decisions: Yes; - but "cronyism"? No. The LARGEST FLAW is in how the Council and Committees execute Roberts Rules. " These are all debates about the positions you are presenting here, not a personal attack. ""Michael" who asserts "transparency is always best" posts with a first name only." This is also not a personal attack, but merely an example of hypocrisy regarding your positions. The only personal comment comes well after your "positions" have been stated (sort of), and even then it was a characterization based on your positions and general lack of knowledge as it appears to more informed readers.
Dover December 21, 2012 at 01:13 AM
"I really don't believe Albany and "political sophistication" belong in the same phrase." Approximately 70% of all California mayors are appointed by their respective city councils as opposed to being directly elected by the populace. So while we may be a town of political hayseeds in your sophisticated eyes, Michael, at least we are in good company.
Tatter Salad December 21, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Well intended, but ignorantly based decisions: Yes; - but "cronyism"? No. The LARGEST FLAW is in how the Council and Committees execute Robert's Rules. They error in presenting and narrowly defining a issue, then allowing public comment. AFTER 'Comments' the Council 'has at it', and embraces things that were NOT discussed, and makes their best 'compromise decision' on issues they pulled out of the air (I'm being polite). Example: The Council ' recently compromised the hours and areas of Memorial Park area B (shared Dog and Sports area) partly to assuage complaints by Neighbors to the area. The 'Neighbors' against area B were all from Carmel Street; and their angst was loosely focused -but very real. They were diffusely focused on "what use to be was better". And NOT brought up was that AREA B was just a MINOR change. So what else changed? The Children' Play Area! The 'rug-rat' play area used to be around the corner from where it is now. It used to be between the Tennis Courts and Portland Avenue, closer to the pool. Traffic on Carmel is 4 to 10X that of previous. Parents with pre-schoolers DO NOT take their children to play in an area without first assessing the situation. Parents in the past would check out the playground situation from two-lane Portland Street; they NOW cruise an preferentially park on narrow Carmel Street. The root cause is moving the Play Area, and NOT the dog park. A 'lose-lose' decision followed with all the best 'Council' intentions.


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