New City Council starts Dec. 11


ATASCADERO — Residents of the City of Atascadero will have a new mayor and two new members of the City Council representing them after 6 p.m. on Dec. 11.

Councilwoman Heather Moreno is moving up to the mayorship after running unopposed for the seat and being supported in the move by, as of this issue, current Mayor Tom O’Malley.

Dec. 12 will mark the first time in 16 years that O’Malley isn’t in some form of public office with the City, a fact that's been on his mind with nuggets of wisdom for the future Council coming up during recent meetings. Lifelong Atascadero residents, Tom and Peggy O’Malley will continue to own and operate Portola Inn B&B and Portola Event Planning.

Councilman Brian Sturtevant, an employee at PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, chose not to run for Council again this session having joined the Council in 2010, after serving on the Planning Commission from 2008 to 2010.

Clocking into the two Council positions open are Heather Newsom and Susan Funk, the top vote-earners in the November election three-way race.

Moreno and Newsom having run on the same ticket with Planning Commissioner Mark Dariz, share many views with Funk seen as an alternative voice.

Of the three Funk’s campaign machinery is still somewhat in place, with residents being urged to come witness the swearing-in in a social media event listing set from 6 to 6:05 p.m., although she urged supporters to show up at 5:45 p.m. to get a good seat.

The historic Atascadero City Hall, with its impressive rotunda is located on Palma Avenue with most events facing Sunken Gardens to the West, but for those unfamiliar with Council events, the Council Chamber is best accessed at the Lewis Avenue entrance across from the Atascadero Middle School, with the elevator taking visitors to the fourth floor.

Councilman Charles Bourbeau and Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi retain their seats on the body until the next election cycle in 2020.

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