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Measure O succeeds, Richardson next Rio Vista mayor

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From page A6 | November 07, 2012 |

RIO VISTA — Rio Vista voters showed overwhelming support in favor of the 0.75 percent sales tax Measure O and, in the city’s only contested race, chose Norman Richardson over Councilwoman Janith Norman for mayor.

Richardson won 54 percent of the votes over Norman with 44 percent of the votes.

The race to fill Vice Mayor Jack Krebs’ seat, Norman’s seat and city treasurer Hale Conklin’s seat were filled by Dave Hampton, James McCracken and James Nordin, respectively.

Norman was elected as councilwoman in Rio Vista in 2009. Th seats of council members Constance Boulware and Tim Kubli are up for election in 2014.

Richardson, a longtime resident, said he looks forward to working with the new council.

“We have a very good council,” he said. “We might not vote together, but we will work together, respect each other.”

Going forward, Richardson said he will focus on achieving economic stability, improving the efficiency of city operations, restoring public safety positions, retaining parks and the swimming pool, and selling other city property.

He comes to the mayor’s chair with experience as a mayor of Corte Madera and also served on the Corte Madera Planning Commission and is on the Rio Vista Planning Commission.

Richardson was an advocate of Measure O throughout his campaign. The measure passed 70 percent yes, 29 percent no.

The city put the measure on the ballot to compensate for an estimated deficit of $264,398 for the fiscal year 2011-12. Going forward, it is estimated to be about $398,000 for 2012-13. The tax would sunset in five years.

Boulware celebrated the measure’s success at a Measure O celebration party Tuesday.

“We’re glad that our citizens had a good understanding of what we’re dealing with,” she said.

Boulware said the sales tax will give the city some breathing room.
“This gives us the opportunity to do the things we need to do,” she said.
Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or hahsan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.
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Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.
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