Much of the past year’s City Council meetings have gone long, often marked by heated exchanges and too much time spent debunking (or supporting) nonsensical conspiracy theories. But last night’s transfer of mayoral power from outgoing Mayor Gleam Davis to current Mayor Phil Brock featured none of that nonsense and was, to be honest, actually kind of sweet.
After public comment, Councilmember Lana Negrete took over management of the meeting temporarily to handle a small ceremony honoring Davis’ turn as Mayor. Presented with personal gifts from the Council, a calendar and mug adorned with images from the pets that found new homes as a result of her showcasing them; Davis reflected on her time as Mayor and vowed to continue her work as Councilmember for the people of Santa Monica.
Davis’ term was lauded by Negrete, Brock and Councilmembers Jesse Zwick and Caroline Torosis. Perhaps the kindest comments came from Brock, who was often at odds with Davis on policy issues but lauded her ability to manage long and contentious meetings and representing the city.
“You restored stability to the office of mayor of Santa Monica. For that, our residents should be forever grateful,” Brock stated. .”You set the bar again.”
After switching seats to the center mayor’s chair, Brock gave a speech about his goals as mayor, including improved public safety and more businesses coming or returning to Santa Monica.
“We have a lot of work to do in this city, and we’re going to get to work on that immediately,” he said.