Being a city council member isn’t for the timid. Departing Los Altos Councilman Jean Mordo put it best a few weeks back as he left the dais: You’re a hero or a wretch, depending on how you vote on a particular issue.
Newly elected councilwomen Anita Enander and Neysa Fligor will find out soon. Newly appointed Mayor Lynette Lee Eng is well aware, having served nearly two years. But, as mayor, she will be under increased scrutiny as the face of Los Altos in the eyes of the media and surrounding communities. She will need to exercise decorum and diplomacy in her new role.
Lee Eng did just that in her acceptance speech at the Dec. 4 swearing-in ceremony. Instead of responding to some critical remarks aimed at her by fellow Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, Lee Eng kept her comments positive, thanking residents and family, and looking forward to her new leadership role.
While we agree with some of Bruins’ remarks – Lee Eng does at times seem to take an adversarial tone with staff, for instance – the ceremonial Dec. 4 meeting was not the proper forum for them, not in front of relatives and friends who were there to celebrate and congratulate. Let’s see how Lee Eng does in her first mayoral stint. We wish her well.