Being the Mayor of Atascadero is a position of honor and respect. My opportunity to serve as mayor gave the city council occasion to practice tolerance and respect for varying ideas.
We have demonstrated how people with diverse backgrounds and opinions can work together productively for the community we all care so passionately about. I have great faith that as we focus on the non-partisan community issues that come before this council, we can continue to practice true community leadership.
During the past year, we have prepared our city for the future. Adoption of the new five year Economic Development Action Plan has set us on a course to make our community more prosperous and socially vibrant.
This year, we started our greenhouse gas inventory, the first step in reducing emissions as a community while reaffirming our commitment to the steps outlined in the mayor’s climate protection agreement. The plan has also guided our actions toward starting our own financing district for residents who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes or add clean energy production to their rooftops, while creating jobs for our local workforce. These achievements will be part of the legacy of the City Council.
It has been a satisfying year on the council for me. We were able to work as a team, put the needs of our city first and keep the rhetoric and destructive language of partisanship out of the council chambers.
To each of my fellow council and community members, I thank you for supporting my year at the helm, and I look forward to another productive year. I am confident our new mayor, Roberta Fonzi, will do an excellent job, with her own style and grace, to benefit Atascadero.
Ellen Beraud is the former mayor of Atascadero.