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City Gets New Mayor and Vice-Mayor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2001

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DALY CITY GETS NEW MAYOR, VICE-MAYOR
MICHAEL GUINGONA ELECTED MAYOR,
ADRIENNE TISSIER TO SERVE AS VICE-MAYOR,
OUTGOING MAYOR AWARDS 'CITIZEN OF THE YEAR'
SPORTS HALL OF FAME PLAQUE UNVEILED


Daly City - Vice-Mayor Michael Guingona was elected Mayor, and Councilmember Adrienne Tissier as Vice-Mayor, at the annual reorganization meeting held Monday night (December 3rd).

Mayor Guingona said that in the eight years he has served on the Council, he has learned many valuable lessons from past and present mentors like former Daly City Mayor Al Teglia, who was among the 150 people in attendance. "This is a city that pulls together. There was a time when houses were falling into the (ocean), Ben Franklin (School) was flooded, and we had to deal with El Nino storms. This city came together at a time of great adversities, and came together in ways that you can only imagine," he noted.

The people in Daly City are like no other, Mayor Guingona continued. He cited as an example last month's Make A Difference Day, where over 700 volunteers participated to do various projects throughout the city, "for no money whatsoever, just the mere satisfaction of doing a good job".

"With a dynamic and responsive community, and the best city staff in the county, being mayor of Daly City is a privilege," the incoming mayor stated.

Guingona was first elected to the City Council in 1993, and in 1995, became the city's youngest mayor at age 33. Tissier has been a Councilmember since l996, and was Mayor in 1999.

Outgoing Mayor Carol Klatt presented the "Citizen of the Year" Award to longtime community volunteer "Chip" Wright, a Daly City resident since l973. Currently the chairperson of the Clean Community Committee, Wright is also Vice-President of the Southern Hills Homeowners Association and is an active member of the Daly City Council of Homeowners and Residents Association (COHRA), and the Gateway Lions Club. In addition, Wright regularly volunteers at the Doelger Senior Center and the North Peninsula Dining Center.

DALY CITY SPORTS HALL OF FAME PLAQUE UNVEILED

Led by the new mayor and vice-mayor, Daly City also unveiled its Sports Hall of Fame plaque in honor of the seven original inductees. First recognized at a fundraising event held March 2000, they include former Daly City Mayor Anthony Giammona; John Madden, former Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders; Tom Martinez, the most winning coach in the California Community College system; Mike Orlich, a member of the San Mateo County Hall of Fame; Sidney Warren Rasmussen, also known as Jefferson High School's "Alumni Lady"; John Robinson, former Head Coach of the Los Angeles Rams; and former 49er Bob St. Clair, who also served as Daly City Mayor and San Mateo County Supervisor.

Of the seven, Martinez and Orlich were able to attend the unveiling ceremony last Monday night.

The Daly City Sports Hall of Fame founding sponsors were also presented with a commemorative plaque. They include ASF Electric, Daly City - Colma Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (1999-2000), First National Bank, Independent Newspaper Group, Joe's of Westlake, Seton Medical Center, and Westlake Village Apartments.

The Daly City Sports Hall of Fame was founded in March 2000 to honor the contributions of many athletes, alumni and coaches who have lived, worked and played in Daly City. Sponsored events help fund the Daly City Police Athletic League, a non-profit organization that sponsors thousands of youngsters in various league play throughout the year. A fundraising dinner to honor the next group of Sports Hall of Fame inductees is slated for March 28, 2002.