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The casual reader of this column might expect a post-election reflection, especially as I inadvertently became a minor issue in its closing hours because of my pre-election editorial. A regular reader would probably know better.

The next few weeks will be exciting as the new city council's personality emerges. All of this council ran on one kind of "take care of the basics" platform or another. Now, if they can work together, their mission is clear. Alex de Marban reports on Mayor Bruce Todd and Councilmember-elect Daryl Slusher moving to repeal Councilmember Max Nofziger's pedestrian coordinator (see page 22). This kind of cooperation is exactly what the city needs.

I will cry no false tears for the pedestrian coordinator. As with too many council proposals, it had more to do with symbol than with substance. The city needs a long-term, interdepartmental commitment to improving transportation, as Slusher suggests in de Marban's piece.

If the mayor and Slusher can work together on the thornier issues facing the city, including the $17 million budget shortfall, not just demonstrating intelligence and skill, but leading the whole council forward as a decision-making body, that could bode well for the next year.

The Chronicle is currently looking for a new production manager. The person applying must be able to monitor production flow throughout the office, be very proficient in newspaper and ad design, know Quark XPress, Pagemaker, and Photoshop, and the perfect person will be able to work with varied personalities, be a good listener, and leader. Several people sent in resumés before we ran the ad. I mistakenly threw these out. If you sent in a resumé before the ad ran, please resubmit it.

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