Former Palo Alto mayor Yoriko Kishimoto was appointed to a two-year term on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's board of directors Wednesday (Jan. 13) night.
Kishimoto was provisionally appointed on Nov. 29, 2010 to the seat of late board President Mary Davey, who died in October. She served out Davey's term through January 2, 2011.
But Davey's position was unopposed in the November 2010 election; she would have served a subsequent term beginning January 3, 2011.
Kishimoto will now serve as a director until the next general election in November 2012, after which she would need to be elected to a subsequent two-year term to get her back on the four-year cycle.
She represents a portion of Palo Alto, as well as Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Stanford, Sunnyvale and a small portion of Santa Cruz County. The part of Palo Alto she represents is bounded by El Camino Real from the Menlo Park border to Embarcadero Road, east on Embarcadero to Middlefield Road, then north on Middlefield back to Menlo Park.
Longtime board member Nonette Hanko represents the rest of Palo Alto and parts of other communities.
The district saved approximately $556,900 -- the cost of a special election -- by appointing her, the district announced.
Kishimoto holds a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University and was a Palo Alto mayor and a city council member.
She has served on the boards of Hidden Villa, Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. She is a published author, wife and mother and has had a lifelong love for the outdoors, according to the announcement.