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Lucan Named Mayor, Eklund Sworn in to Sixth Term

Council members praise accomplishments and say Novato has much to be proud of, from housing element to new city offices

Photo: Courtesy of Michael Read
Photo: Courtesy of Michael Read

Councilman Eric Lucan was named Novato’s mayor for 2014 and Pat Eklund was sworn in for her sixth term on the council at a City Hall ceremony on Tuesday.

Councilwoman Denise Athas, re-elected last month to a second term on the council, was absent.

Lucan and Eklund both thanked supporters and said that they looked forward to serving.

“Being a mayor is a humbling experience,” said Lucan, a first-term councilman who is running to replace Noreen Evans in the District 2 race for the California Senate next year. 

“I love this city and this community, that's what makes serving on council so enjoyable. We don't always agree, but our commitment to the betterment of our city should always outweigh our disagreement.”

Lucan thanked his wife, Kiley, and parents John and Loretta, all in attendance on Tuesday, as well as supporters.

Eklund, too, was effusive in her comments to the public, calling Novato a “great community that can overcome any challenges facing it.”

“During my campaign, I heard from many households that they don’t want housing that’s not compatible with Novato’s small-town character…(or) big box stores on North Redwood Boulevard,” Eklund said.

Councilwoman Jeanne MacLeamy was named Mayor Pro Tem. She also noted the Novato’s accomplishments, from building the new offices downtown to finally approving the housing element, a four year process that resulted in dozens of meetings and hours of heated testimony (mostly by residents who opposed zoning new areas for potential affordable housing.)

MacLeamy said the final outcome was a housing element whose density is more appropriate for a town Novato’s size.

“If we have a vision of what we want to accomplish, we can get it done,” she said.
Sam December 11, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Then Lucan went on to say how proud he is of Novato and gave a message like he wants to be here forever. He did not mention his new task of running for a different office while only finishing half his term for novato . I say he will loose that office next year and then come back with his lies to the voters of Novato and loose that election also. My friends say he is out there begging for money for his campaign garbage.
Bob December 11, 2013 at 10:08 AM
I guess now he can add Mayor as qualifications for State Senator. It is like working a weekend at the Humane Society and adding that you held the position of Dog Catcher.
just a local December 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM
... and you, Sam & Bob are doing what to help Novato? Spending how many hours a week for the public good....?
Lou Judson December 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Hey, "just a local who won't use their real name," I had the same thought as Sam and Bob immediately. How can he plan to run for a state office NEXT YEAR and also plan to do a good job as mayor? He should be thrown out of office for lying to the voters when he ran for mayor. I know nothing about him except intuitively he strikes me as a false and decietful politician, not qualified for the offices he craves. Pure politics, no service. Get rid of the bum.
Bob December 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Mr. Local, I probably spend as much time as you at local meetings, voicing my opinion and staying informed.
Roger December 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Pat says no big box retail on Redwood, but Friedman's Hardware at the bus garage would be a desired upgrade, I say.
Trailbikerbilly December 11, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Where are Bubba and Tina now? I can only imagine their take on this circus. Let's unpurge them for just this one post.
Sam December 11, 2013 at 02:37 PM
just a local , for your info we did not run for any office so I personally don't care what you think. You are a real fool with your comment asking me what do I do for Novato
Roger December 11, 2013 at 09:13 PM
At the meeting I think I heard Lucan saying he wants a big multiple-screen movie complex on Grant, while Eklund said she is against it being located downtown. Would a compromise be placing it near Trader Joe's? I think downtown merchants want it on Grant along with its promised parking garage. I say any new business coming to Novato should be welcomed since the City needs the tax revenue. The old Pini building has been empty for many years. Sad situation for Novato.

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