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Outgoing mayor ready to hand over city duties

Linda Stevens, the outgoing mayor of Grass Valley, juggles tasks while cutting a customer's hair Tuesday afternoon at her Stevens Haircutting shop on East Main Street in Grass Valley.
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For the past two years, Grass Valley Mayor Linda Stevens has juggled her mayoral duties with a full-time job as a barber.

By next week, however, Stevens will be able to relax a tad, as the Grass Valley City Council is scheduled to select a new mayor.

City councils traditionally have selected vice mayors to serve as mayors. If that tradition stands, Patti Ingram, the city’s vice mayor who won re-election on Nov. 5, should become mayor for the next two years on Tuesday.



Stevens, 57, said she is ready to hand over the gavel.

“It’s been an honor to be the mayor,” Stevens said, but two years is enough.




Mayors are on the job 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Stevens said. “I’m telling you … it’s a full-time job.”

“I learned that being mayor is very stressful,” said Stevens as she cut Robert Paul’s hair at her barber shop on East Main Street, across from City Hall. “You’ve got two full-time jobs.”

But it has also been very interesting, she added, as Gracie the cat dozed by the window. “I haven’t been bored in the past two years.”

As mayor, she has attended dozens of public workshops and committee hearings, given tours of City Hall to school groups, sat in the cockpit of an U.S. Air Force air tanker, represented the city in Bodmin, Cornwall – Grass Valley’s sister city – and met with property owners who want to annex land into the city.

Stevens now wants to focus on “workforce housing” issues. “Being mayor, I didn’t have enough time to concentrate on only that,” she said of the issue.

Ingram, 51, said Tuesday she would like to be mayor. “I think it would be a very humbling and wonderful experience to represent my community,” she said.

Gerard Tassone, a former mayor himself, was the other incumbent to win re-election this year. Tassone, the top vote-getter, said he supports the selection of Ingram as the city’s next mayor. “It’s a natural progression for her.”

The job pays $300 per month.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Grass Valley City Council

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Council Chambers, City Hall, 125 E. Main St.

INFORMATION: 274-4310


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