Interview with the Mayor of Walnut Creek

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News & Politics

Published on February 20, 2009

Author: dburstyn

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I was assigned to interview the Mayor of Walnut Creek, Gwen Regalia, for Walnut Creek Magazine.

A Conversation with Walnut Creek Mayor Gwen Regalia By Deborah Burstyn M MR: We have the money to com- DB: How do you feel about the ayor Gwen Regalia is call- ing it quits. It’s been a plete it. It is the cost of operating opposition to the Neiman Marcus long, hard journey through the library that we will need as- store? decades of public service. Through sistance with. MR: If the measure against Neiman it all, Regalia has been relentless in DB: So why do you do all this? Why Marcus makes it to the ballot, it is her goal to help transform Walnut be a part of local government? clear that the appeal is intended to Creek into a prestigious destina- repeal the decision of the Council. tion shopping city with a healthy MR: I love what I do. I would not We believe that the incentive for balance of parks and recreation, have wanted to do anything else. this is coming from a competing good schools and public services. interest that wishes to And after 21 years on the kill the deal in Walnut City Council, including Creek so they can take it five times as Mayor, Gwen to their own community. Regalia steps down this If they can attract Nei- month from the podium. man Marcus, some of the Respected by her col- Broadway Plaza shops leagues as “the sage of will follow leaving empty Walnut Creek who knows storefronts. We need to what the city needs and keep our older stores fights to get it,” Regalia functioning and vital. is admired for her com- mitment, knowledge and DB: Sometimes residents tenacity. feel that the Council does not listen to them. What I spoke to the Mayor at do you think? her office about her career and her views on some MR: I believe in citizen of the challenges facing participation, I believe the City of Walnut Creek in public meetings and in coming years. And of I believe in the Brown cours

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