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Letter: Lamorinda Weekly Don Tatzin, Former Mayor

Thank you, Lafayette residents, for electing me to the City Council since 1985. After 33 years, I am looking forward to retirement. Lafayette remains a community to which people want to move and then want to stay. That success occurs partially because residents elect responsible city council and school board members.
After meeting five candidates for two City Council seats, I support Karen Maggio and Teresa Gerringer. Both accomplished women bring the skills, personality and work ethic Lafayette needs.
Their experience and integrity are required to lead Lafayette in changing times. Karen served for 10 years on Lafayette’s Planning Commission and her career focuses on planning. Teresa is finishing 19 years on the Lafayette School Board and brings unparalleled access to the state legislature. The integrity of both women is above reproach.
Karen and Teresa have a track record of improving Lafayette. As examples, Teresa was instrumental to the development of the library. Karen worked hard to create our general plan and ridgeline preservation ordinance and helped define what our library would contain. Both raised families and volunteered in other areas.
Teresa and Karen make alliances that enable progress. Like it or not, regional and state forces are pressing Lafayette to change and an ability to engage and form alliances can advance Lafayette’s interests better than does rigidity.
Both are fiscally responsible. Karen has managed multi-million-dollar budgets successfully at Mills College and the San Francisco Presidio. Teresa has done an outstanding job managing the fiscal challenges facing the Lafayette School District given the restrictions imposed by state funding. The School District is outstanding. Most new residents move here because of our schools. That improves everyone’s real estate values.
Neither has conflicts of interest. Lafayette faces important issues including the application for the Terraces at Deer Hill and pipeline safety discussions with PG&E. You deserve to be served by council members who can participate in these important decisions. Unlike others, Teresa and Karen do not need to recuse themselves.
Please join me in voting for Karen Maggio and Teresa Gerringer for Lafayette City Council.
Don Tatzin

Paid for by Gerringer for Lafayette Council 2018, P.O. Box 1672, Lafayette, CA 94549, FPPC#1409868
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