|Cotati offered chance to meet the mayor in relaxed setting
By Greg Karraker
On a typical evening at Cotati’s Redwood Café, you might to expect to hear live music from a number of different performers, from J&H Big Band to Flowerbox to the Redwood Tango Trio. You might even compete in their Trivia Tuesday.
But Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m., the evening will feature a different sort of event: “An Evening With The Mayor, Mr. Mark Landman.”
“I'm hoping to have a chance to talk to Cotati citizens who can't make the regular council meetings, and take advantage of a more relaxed conversational setting, to be able to discuss issues of importance in our community and answer questions,” Landman said.
“The evening's topics will include our formula food ordinance, the economy, and the future of business in Cotati; truck traffic in the downtown and the resultant impacts on our businesses and infrastructure; and Cotati moving forward, and what's coming this summer.”
Redwood Café co-owner Michael McCullaugh said he’s not a political person but welcomed the opportunity to host such an event.
“I’m not political, but I think people should be more involved with their town,” McCullaugh said. “Cotati is a wonderful town, but I think most people can feel intimidated at an official city council meeting.
“This gives them a chance to meet the mayor in a casual, friendly setting and have a conversation about what’s on their minds.”
In many towns, where people don’t pay much attention to local politics, this could be a non-event. But in Cotati, which has a history of divided political views and hard-fought elections, like the recent battle over Measure U, it could turn out to be a high-energy evening.
Landman was named mayor at the start of this year.