City Government

Mayor and City Council swearing-in rescheduled to Dec. 11

November 30, 2018

The swearing-in to office of the Mayor and City Council members has been postponed one week and will take place at a special meeting of the City Council starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The postponement and rescheduling were due to the additional time the Alameda County Registrar of Voters needed to tabulate votes and certify the election results.

County election officials across the California reported historically high voter turnout for the national midterm election on Nov. 6.  The high turnout—combined with changes in state law related to the processing of vote-by-mail ballots—led to the need for more time to count votes. By law, county Registrars have 30 days to certify the results of elections in California.

According to the latest and still preliminary election results, Mayor Barbara Halliday won reelection with 56 percent of the vote.  Aisha Wahab and Councilmember Sara Lamnin topped a field of seven candidates for two City Council seats with 27 percent and 26 percent, respectively.  The Measure H school bond and Measure T increase in the city Real Property Transfer Tax passed with 73 percent and 59 percent, according to the latest still unofficial results.

Questions related to the Dec. 11 special meeting can be directed to City Clerk Miriam Lens by calling (510) 583-4400 or emailing