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Council changing of the (Old) Guard

Councilman Ravi Bhalla was voted the Council President as the first order of business in the City Council reorg, ending the short reign of Councilwoman Beth Mason.   City Clerk Jimmy Farina moved for a voice vote as it’s been traditional to do so.  But outgoing Council chair Beth Mason had other ideas and forced a roll call vote.  When her turn comes, her vote generates laughter from the audience.

Even with the lone negative vote, the Council Chambers exploded in applause even before Councilman Ravi Bhalla took the oath.  It continued right until the oath was administered.

The complete proceedings:

The nomination and vote naming Councilman Peter Cunningham VP was less dramatic:

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