Good Bye and Hello
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Good Bye and Hello

At the first City Council meeting in December each year, the City reinvents itself when we say goodbye to leaving Councilmembers, swear in new Councilmembers and elect a new Mayor and Vice Mayor. On the surface it seems straight forward and a bit mundane. But here's the rest of the story.

This year on December 2nd, we must say goodbye to one of the most beloved city servants in Foster City's history. Mayor Pam Frisella will end her eight-year tenure on the City Council and return to her private life as a citizen and, in her words, the best role as Grandma to her beautiful grandchildren.

Before her days as a Councilmember, Pam served on the Parks and Recreation Committee where she was instrumental in creating the finest baseball/soccer complex on the Peninsula, Sea Cloud Park. Pam was a Little League baseball manager then and her teams had to endure the wind and dust at the former fields next to City Hall. She was thrilled when she went before the City Council and convinced them to build Sea Cloud Park and was involved in the design of the baseball fields for the Little Leaguers and the Youth Baseball age kids.

Pam began her term as a Councilmember in December 2005. She has been a most competent and prepared Councilmember, easily grasping the most complex and tedious agenda items and running an efficient and successful Council meeting as the Mayor. Not only was she a key figure here in Foster City but she also represented Foster City in the County community. She chaired and was a member of many committees that were regional in nature and handled important issues like regional housing (HEART), solid waste (SBWMA), and library services. She has also continued her volunteer service with Samaritan House and the San Mateo Police Activities League. Everyone loved working with Pam.

Three words describe Pam to a "T": Colorful, Loveable and Irreverent. If you know Pam then you know these descriptive adjectives are a perfect fit.

I will miss her for a variety of reasons, mostly as a trusted friend and colleague. I could count on her to make logical, rational and deliberate decisions that would benefit all residents of this beautiful city. She was a "cornerstone" in which she would consistently listen to residents' concerns and seek solutions that would address those needs. It was her attention to the "moral fabric" of the community which I believe to be her greatest strength. Bye Pam!

But like most transitions in life, our farewells are bittersweet. While we say goodbye to our good friend and colleague, we also welcome our newest member of the City Council, Gary Pollard. Gary comes loaded with credentials that will help him to be a very effective Councilmember. He comes from the Foster City baseball community where I met him close to 20 years ago. Gary has run a very successful business in the area for the past 25 years. He also joined with me on the Parks and Recreation Committee where we were successful in installing synthetic turf fields at Sea Cloud, Catamaran and Port Royal Parks. He ended his term as Chairman in 2012. Gary has also served many organizations outside of Foster City including being the President of Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame where he gained experience managing an $8.5 million budget. With these credentials I firmly believe that Gary is ready to govern.

Finally Gary was a member of SCORE, the committee which consisted of a broad spectrum of concerned citizens that was charged with finding the solution to the overcrowding problem in our primary schools. Because of that background he will be able to continue our tradition of working closely with the School Superintendent, Dr. Cyndy Simms, as well as the entire school Board of Trustees. Speaking of the Board of Trustees, congratulations to the two new trustees: Chelsea Bonini and Ed Coady. I look forward to working with you both.

If you have any questions or comments please let me know at sokamoto@fostercity.org.

Council Corner

November 13, 2013
Good Bye and Hello
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