Loella Haskew begins term as Walnut Creek Mayor
Kevin Wilk to serve as Mayor Pro Tem
Walnut Creek City Council members have unanimously selected former Mayor Pro Tem Loella Haskew to serve as Mayor for the upcoming year. Haskew previously served as Mayor in 2016, and has served on the City Council since 2012. She brought a wide-ranging community service background to the Council when elected, and served on many boards and foundations. After being selected to serve through 2020, Haskew noted that she plans to base her year on the theme of Walnut Creek Works Together. “None of us can do this alone,” Haskew stated. “We discover more creative solutions and are rewarded with the best results when we work together.” Councilmember Kevin Wilk, who was elected to the Council in 2016, was unanimously selected as Mayor Pro Tem.
Haskew and Wilk begin their terms at a time when financial planning is top of mind for municipalities, with sales tax revenues flattening and pension costs expected to rise in the coming years. The City of Walnut Creek has taken steps to prepare for those shifts, which was recognized by the California State Auditor in a recent online dashboard highlighting fiscal health and liabilities for the state’s 471 cities. You can view how Walnut Creek is doing, as well as other cities, by visiting the Auditor's website.
City Manager Dan Buckshi noted that the good planning and sound financial policies have put the City in a much better position than most municipalities in the state. “Investing in a pension trust fund was a future-thinking move for Walnut Creek,” Buckshi said. “The City is doing what we can to lessen the impact on public services as costs increase.”
In addition to fiscal sustainability, the Council’s priorities include economic development, investment in infrastructure and facilities, and environmental sustainability with an update to the Climate Action Plan.