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Heyward Robinson in line for Menlo Park mayor


Menlo Park City Councilman Heyward Robinson is in line to become the city's new mayor Tuesday night when the council elects a new mayor and mayor pro tem for the coming year at its annual reorganization meeting.

In addition to being a representative of the city at community events and setting a leadership tone with possible personal goals, the mayor serves as chairman of council meetings -- but still has only one vote -- and the mayor pro tem serves in the mayor's absence.

The titles are usually rotated among council members based on seniority and whether they have held the position previously.

The council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the Civic Center.

Councilman Rich Cline is expected to be chosen by the council to replace Robinson as mayor pro tem.

The council will also acknowledge the results of the Nov. 4 council election, in which incumbents Andy Cohen and Kelly Fergusson were re-elected to four-year terms.

The meeting will be followed by a public reception at the Gatehouse, at 555 Ravenswood Ave. near Alma Street.

On Friday, Dec. 5, the council will hold a special meeting in the Burgess Recreation Center at 8 a.m. to set goals for 2009.

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