San Carlos mayor to step down

Two familiar faces are emerging as possible City Council contenders after Mayor Tom Davids announced he will retire after three terms.

Both Davids and Councilwoman Inge Tiegel Doherty are up for re-election this November. Tiegel Doherty told The Examiner in March that she will seek another term.

The 2005 race was crowded with newcomers when both Mike King and Don Eaton retired from the dais, a situation that earned Vice Mayor Brad Lewis and Councilman Bob Grassili spots on the council.

“I’ve done this for 12 years, and that’s probably enough,” Davids said. “After 12 years you’ve heard most of the stories, and done most of what you could to solve them.”

The candidacy period opens July 16, but that hasn’t stopped some from talking about who might launch campaigns this summer. So far, the likeliest candidate is Randy Royce, chairman of the city’s Planning Commission and a former member of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Citizens Advisory Committee.

Royce could not be reached for comment because he is traveling in Asia.

“He said he would not run if Tom [Davids] was running,” said City Clerk Christine Boland. “He’s a definite contender.”

Anotherpossibility is John Hoffmann, a one-time council member who ran — and narrowly lost — in the 2005 council race. As to the 2007 race, “I’m giving it serious consideration,” Hoffmann said.

Hoffmann has been openly critical of San Carlos politics in the past, opposing the $600,000-a-year shuttle program, SCOOT, and calling the city to task on its fiscal problems, which have resulted in a structural deficit of $1 to $2 million per year.

“We’ve been running a deficit each of the last several years, and then there’s always the ‘we need more money.’ At times, you need to find internal economies,” Hoffmann said.

Any new candidates should be well-versed in the city’s key issues, including the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s hospital proposal, the ongoing controversy about how to resolve the city’s playing-field shortage and the future development of San Carlos, according to Councilman Matt Grocott.

Sally Mitchell, a former mayor and current board president of the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce, agreed that the city’s economic future is key.

“The city is facing a dire budgetary situation,” Mitchell said. “Many of us see this as an opportunity to ensure the city broadens its sales-tax base.”

bwinegarner@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocalPeninsula

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A person holds a sign at a vigil for Roger Allen, who was killed by Daly City Police on April 7. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Daly City asks state to probe fatal police shooting

Daly City officials have asked California Attorney General Rob Bonta to launch… Continue reading

Indoor dining at John’s Grill. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
State’s mask mandate to continue until June 15 reopening despite CDC guidance

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation California will wait until next… Continue reading

Officers stand beside a Mobile Command Center parked at U.N. Plaza in 2018 to combat crime and quality of life issues. (Michael Toren/Special to The S.F. Examiner)
Breed announces increase in police presence, community ambassadors in Mid-Market area

San Francisco will add more police officers to the Mid-Market area starting… Continue reading

International Bird Rescue helped save Bay Area birds that were contaminated by mysterious goo in 2015. <ins>(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)</ins>
International Bird Rescue marks 50 years of wildlife protection

Group established in wake of massive oil spill continues essential rehabilitation, research

Most Read