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Mayor to Lead 47th City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2004
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John C. Martin, City Manager, City of Daly City (650) 991-8127
Carol L. Klatt, Mayor (650) 991-8125
   

Mayor Klatt, Vice Mayor Guingona To Lead Daly City's 47th City Council

Councilmember Tissier Steps Down for County Seat, Outgoing Mayor Torres Awards Top Citizens

Daly City – A standing-room only crowd of about 200 witnessed Daly City’s City Council installation and re-organization held Monday night at City Hall. The 90-minute program included the certification of the November 2nd election results, the installation of four elected officials, the selection of a new Mayor and Vice Mayor, and the outgoing mayor’s top citizens awards. The special meeting was also the last for Councilmember Adrienne Tissier, who was elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (District 5) in March 2004 and will begin her term on January 3, 2005.

Installation ceremonies were conducted for outgoing Mayor Sal Torres, Councilmember Judith A. Christensen, City Clerk Maria E. Cortes and City Treasurer Anthony J. Zidich. The oaths of office were administered, respectively, by San Mateo County Supervisor Michael D. Nevin, Jefferson School District Board Trustee Annette Hipona, former City Clerk Lorraine D’Elia and Debra Zidich-Gibbons.

With Daly City’s 47th City Council on the dais came the selection of the new Mayor and Vice Mayor. Carol L. Klatt was chosen Mayor and Michael P. Guingona, as Vice Mayor. Both officials have served on the Daly City council the longest, since l993.

“Daly City has many achievements to be proud of this past year, despite the obstacles. The state’s fiscal crisis negatively impacted the city’s limited resources, and the February flood tested our emergency preparedness. But as our residents have done a number of times in recent years, we pulled together as one community. As Mayor, I want to thank you for your support. We need to continue working together to do what is best for Daly City,” remarked Mayor Klatt.

The most dramatic announcement of the evening is the outgoing mayor’s special awards, which garnered standing ovations from the attendees. Former Mayor Sal Torres named three: Margaret Boghosian as Citizen of the Year, Ken and Bunny Gillespie as Citizens of the Decade, and Vincent C. Rodriguez III as Outstanding Youth of the Year.

Margaret Boghosian has been a Doelger Senior Center volunteer since January 1993. As a 40-hour-a-week full-time volunteer, she has amassed a total of 14,613 volunteer hours to date. In April 1995, Margaret became a contributing writer for the Active Adults, a quarterly magazine for Daly City’s senior community. In December 2000, she took over the pre-press work and cover design for the publication, resulting in savings – about $35,000 a year – for the Parks and Recreation Department’s seniors program. A Daly City resident for 44 years, Margaret, at age 77, also serves as treasurer for the Doelger Senior Center Advisory and Planning Council.

Designated by the City Council as Official City Historians for Daly City in September 1987, Ken and Bunny Gillespie have served the city and the community in a myriad of ways. Since 1986, Ken was the president of the History Guild of Daly City – Colma, while Bunny was the secretary and program chair. He has donated “countless hours of leadership, creativity and talent” as writer, producer, director, performer and/or emcee for “hundreds of benefits” sponsored by religious, educational, professional, social, fraternal or community organizations. She has written hundreds of articles published in newspapers and periodicals, and is the author of Images of America: Daly City and The Great Daly City Historical Trivia Book, which was designed and illustrated by Ken. “Because of your continued endeavors to safeguard its history, anyone who lives in Daly City can access its past, form its present and witness the growth of its future. As a result, they are better for the knowledge of the city they call home,” penned the former mayor on the plaque for the Gillespies.

Vincent C. Rodriguez III graduated from Westmoor High School in June 2000. He attended Skyline College and College of San Mateo, and received training at the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria. Currently pursuing his dream to be an actor, Vincent was singled out for his tenacity and determination. “You are a shining example to all of Daly City’s youth that no goal is unattainable, no objective unworthy of the effort, and that no dream is impossible,” read Vincent’s award from outgoing Mayor Torres. The 22-year-old recipient is back in the Bay Area as a member of the cast in “White Christmas,” now showing at San Francisco’s Curran Theatre.

A reception for the public followed the event’s presentations and installation ceremonies.