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Wozniak, Lieberman to lead Belmont
December 12, 2012, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff

Christine Wozniak

Warren Lieberman


The Belmont City Council was presented with a rarity last night — two nominations for mayor.

Usually the vice mayor of any city is voted into the mayor’s spot at the end of each year during reorganization ceremonies but last night both Vice Mayor Christine Wozniak and Councilman Warren Lieberman were nominated for the position. Councilman David Braunstein nominated Lieberman and Councilwoman Coralin Feierbach nominated Wozniak.

Wozniak took control of the council on a 3-2 vote, however, and then immediately nominated Lieberman for vice mayor, which the council supported with a unanimous 5-0 vote.

Lieberman was passed over for the vice mayor’s role the past two years by the council in favor of Wozniak and Dave Warden, the departing mayor.

Warden took some time to reflect on the past year before handing the mayor’s gavel over to Wozniak.

"I think we had a pretty good year,” he said.

He noted how strong the city’s finances are and how the city dealt with the dissolution of its Redevelopment Agency earlier this year.

"When the dust settled, the city came out in decent financial shape,” Warden said.

He also noted how the fire department survived dissolution with neighboring San Carlos and the new agreement to share fire services with Foster City and Belmont.

"We walked out on thin ice hoping it would happen,” Warden said about re-establishing a stand-alone fire department.

Wozniak, the incoming mayor, commented on how the Belmont council is often seen as divisive.

"Our city is not as divided as people might think,” Wozniak said, noting how the council often votes 5-0 on most issues.

She looks to tackle Ralston Avenue’s traffic woes in the coming year and expects substantial economic growth in the city.

New restaurants will spring to life in Belmont in the coming year, she said, and the vacant Blockbuster building on Ralston Avenue and El Camino Real should have a new national retailer occupying the spot also.



Bill Silverfarb can be reached by email: silverfarb@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 106.


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