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News - January 11, 2013

Around Town

FIRST CHAPTER ... Palo Alto's two newest City Council members made their dais debuts Monday night, and the differences were striking. Liz Kniss, a political veteran who has twice been a Palo Alto mayor and just concluded her last term on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, opened the newest chapter in her council career by reverting to campaign mode and thanking supporters who helped bring her back to the council — her husband, her family and her campaign manager. Attorney Marc Berman, the only truly "new" member of the council, kept a lower profile but managed to inject a little levity to the august proceedings. His first comments after being sworn in came after Councilman Larry Klein nominated Greg Scharff to serve as the city's mayor in 2013. At that point, Berman — who was temporarily sitting in outgoing Mayor Yiaway Yeh's chair in the middle of the dais — asked staff for some clarification. "If Greg gets elected, do I lose this seat?" he asked. "It might change my decision." He did lose the seat, but it didn't change his decision. Berman praised Scharff, calling the new mayor "generous with his sage advice but also open to different viewpoints." Scharff was elected unanimously.

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