Monday night's inaugural City Council meeting was filled to capacity as voters anticipated the official ceremony. Meghan Sahli-Wells and Jim Clarke, the newly elected officials, took their oath of service. Returning to the council were Andy Weissman and Michael O’Leary, both re-elected for another term. Jeff Cooper was the only member with time remaining on his tenure.
Christopher Armenta, who chose not to seek re-election, was bid a fond farewell. Senator Diane Feinstein presented him a commemorative plaque and a certificate of commendation for his service to Culver City. Armenta’s 10-year-career ended with accolades and well wishes from many citizens.
“Lord knows it’s not easy to run for elected office. For me to not run again was a very difficult decision,” Armenta said. “We have four quality candidates that we’ve elected and I know when I leave Culver City I leave it in very capable hands,”
With the new council members officially installed, it was time to vote for both a new mayor and vice mayor. With Scott Malsin’s resignation at the end of 2012, City Clerk, Martin Cole, remarked that it was a first as the vice mayor should automatically become mayor.
Cooper nominated Weissman for the position and was seconded by Clarke. Weissman then nominated Cooper for the vice mayoral position, also seconded by Clarke. All sitting members approved the nominations.