I found your Dec. 14 editorial, "New mayor for Danville," very interesting, and in part very true, yet, also in part inaccurate. As a 22-plus year politically active resident of Danville, I have the knowledge to judge.
The paragraph about Mike Shimansky's service as mayor in 2007 was accurate and deservedly complimentary. However in the preceding paragraph, the phrase, "The mayoral position rotates among the five Danville Town Council positions," is false. In the past Shimansky, for example, has been skipped twice when it was his "turn" to be mayor.
On Dec. 4, Mayor Candace Andersen, Vice Mayor Newell Arnerich, and Councilman Mike Doyle, recipient of a public service award, were all unanimous actions. Andersen, Arnerich and Doyle are also the three council members up for re-election in 2008. Coincidence, or a violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act?
"How many times can a man turn his head, and pretend that he just doesn't see? The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind, the answer is blowin' in the wind," . . . Bob Dylan, 1963
Ralph Hoffmann, Walnut Creek