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Stepper unanimously selected to serve as mayor of Danville for 2020

Original post made on Dec 5, 2019

Longtime town councilwoman Karen Stepper was named mayor of Danville for the fourth time on Tuesday, after her fellow council members unanimously selected her to hold the position for the coming year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 3:13 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by Long Term Resident
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Dec 5, 2019 at 7:16 am

Fourth term for Mayor, really?

It does not matter if you are a great mayor or a not so great mayor. This post is in no way to imply that stepper is not good as being mayor. However, it is a position of the people. The whole reason we as a country were setup to have term limits, for any public position and not just that of presidency is so that "We the People" are the governors and do not fall into corruption and tyranny once again. It's a position to be shared by members of the community, not for one member to hold for a life time.

Posted by Dawn
a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2019 at 7:38 am

I completely agree! I can not believe that this is not put to a vote and they all just "take turns" we are not heard at all by our council.

Posted by long time resident
a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2019 at 8:17 am

She has done great things but its time to move along for her and her fellow long time buddies.. some that will actually listen regarding issues that effect the old neighborhoods instead of saying they can not do anything about a condo/townhouse project that will cause grid lock and property values going down do to people loosing privacy in there back yard and the view of looking at a big ugly building..oh yeah and we have been promised a sidewalk on West El Pintado for 20 years and all what we have got is double the traffic!!

Posted by Westside Dave
a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2019 at 8:54 am

@long time resident. I too have lived in the West El Pintado neighborhood for over 36 years now. The "Old Town" developments were orchards then, not the pack and stacks there now. I too have long lamented the fact the city will not address the sidewalk issue. I see the kids walking on the street on their way home from school just like mine did years ago because there's no sidewalk. The freeway condo development will just add to the traffic. And when the church completes the acquisition of all the homes in the Ilo/Charles Ln.neighborhood to build a high school campus there, oh joy...

Posted by Hamilton
a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2019 at 6:38 pm

Once again, the people of Danville get told who will be mayor! No one I know who does not live here can believe this happens! Democracy now!

Posted by Resident of 30plus yrs
a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2019 at 8:05 pm

Stop complaining. These Council members are initially elected.
If you don't agree with what they are doing,or how long they have been in office run or get a friend to run.
This state would be better off if the majority of the voters didn't choose
their candidates by the letter after their names.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2019 at 8:08 am

Resident of 30 years plus,

That's part of the problem, city council members themselves have been there way to long. They only vote for themselves or for people that follow their ways. We want to vote them out and get term limits on their positions to allow the community to serve the public. Not the same tired old people decade after decade.

Posted by Robert Landy
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2019 at 2:04 pm

We have the best mayors and council. Can’t wait until next December when Lisa gets her chance. Stop crying there will be a new mayor then. In great hands now with Karen! Robert did a splendid job.

Posted by Nick
a resident of Danville
on Feb 9, 2020 at 4:31 pm

That letter she sent out supporting the Magee Ranch development was sent out on letterhead. Did Danville pay for that? She and her cronies let that monstrosity of a building pop up on Diablo.... At the least they could have insisted that there be greenbelts around the buildings and that they not be obnoxiously tall. But it's all about the money.

I understand Magee Ranch owners would like to make money. Let the Town do the right thing, like San Ramon does, and require the builders to upgrade the roads and schools, underground the utilities, and restrict houses to 1 acre each. Instead, they want to sell quarter acres lots and not do a damn thing. Maybe a bike trail.

And she's talking about serving the homeless? You mean the crazed druggies who pull knives and have attacked normals, like in Auburn and Sacramento recently? In the library??? Have you seen SF? Or LA? We already have a crazed on running into the street on Diablo and threatening children. Soon, these idiots on the council will be allowing camping on the bike path soon.

Can't wait to vote on term limits. These people need to go.

Posted by Been there
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 10, 2020 at 2:20 pm

I've just been sitting back and reading these posts, but I want to caution you to be careful what you wish for, you may get it. As for a directly elected mayor, that really changes the apparent council dynamic. Even though the mayor has no more real authority in a General Law city than any other council member, the public perception is that the mayor is superior to the rest of the council. Over a period of "Mayordom," the rest of the council seems to have less and less say about council agendas and the decision making process as constituents focus on the mayor and less on the rest of the council members.

Term limits seem like a great idea in concept, but in reality they may not work like you expect. Newness and change isn't always the best answer.

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