It's that time of year: The Menlo Park City Council has scheduled its last meeting of the year to bestow the title of mayor to a new council member.
The council's official protocol is to promote the vice mayor into the role of mayor, which means that Cecilia Taylor is most likely to be taking the reins from current Mayor Ray Mueller. However, the process is led by the city clerk, who takes nominations from other council members.
As for who will become vice mayor, the path of succession is less clear. The council's protocol is that the position should go to someone who hasn't been mayor or vice mayor before, and there are two council members who currently fit that description: Drew Combs and Betsy Nash.
The vice mayor position also proceeds based on nominations from council members.
The council is also scheduled to:
● Formally adopt an ordinance banning the sale of vaping devices citywide.
● Recognize the outgoing mayor.
● Appoint council members and alternatives for various agencies, advisory groups and regional delegations.
● Adopt an ordinance amending the municipal code to include some technical local building code changes. Access the new building code updates here.
The meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Menlo Park Civic Center.