It is hard to believe that an entire year has gone by since I was elected to the Novato City Council. It is still such a great privilege and responsibility to serve the community. Reflecting back on the past year, I thought I would share some of the things I have learned in my short time on the council. Rather than attempt to list every lesson learned, I decided to narrow it down to the 5 that resonate the most:
- Listening and hearing are very different things – We call them “Public Hearings”, but the only way to really make an informed decision is to intently listen to both sides to really understand the issues at hand. Hearing someone out is easy, but listening takes action, patience, and an open mind.
Although I have grown up in Novato, I continue to discover new things everyday. From engaging with residents and attending community gatherings to studying council packets and learning how to correctly pronounce “Rowland”, I have truly enjoyed my first year on the council. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve and wishing everyone the best in 2013.