Vice Mayor Steve Woehleke Denied as Next Moraga Mayor, Defying Tradition and Excellent Performance
In a 3-2 vote the Moraga Town Council defied a 47 year old tradition and denied Steve Woehleke as the next Mayor. This tradition was rarely violated in 47 years and has served the Town well avoiding conflict.
Renata Sos, Teresa Onoda and new Sona Makker voted against Steve, tossing aside the tradition calling for Woehleke as Mayor in 2022 and Sos as Mayor in 2023.
This was Makker’s second regular Council meeting and she chose not to follow the Town’s tradition. Makker was elected as Vice Mayor.
This self serving action by Sos and Onoda is an outrageous affront to Town tradition and to an eminently qualified Moraga leader and outstanding colleague.
Sos’/Onoda’s rationale was a weak, “it’s an important year, a better Presiding Officer”. Steve has 18 years of town government experience to Sos’ 5 years.
This isn’t the first time Sos defied tradition for her own self interest. In December 2019, Sos attempted to bypass tradition by accepting the nomination of Vice Mayor and only withdrawing after negative feedback. It was interesting to note Kimberly Korpus viewed the meeting; she presided as Mayor and supported Sos’ last attempt at ignoring tradition to benefit herself.
Renata was Board President presiding over the Moraga Community Foundation while the Fritzky embezzlement of hundreds of thousands dollars of donations were occurring with her personal poor oversight.
I voted for Steve based on his 20 years of experience on the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, Hacienda Foundation Board. A Kiwanis leader and Past President, three years of excellent Town Council service. Steve routinely reaches out to Moraga residents and is a champion for them getting results.
2022 is the last year of Steve’s current term. Is this some type of personal, vindictive agenda to deny Steve the Mayorship which he has earned? I certainly hope not.
It’s ironic that after taking this action Sos insisted all “take the high road”. How completely hypocritical to say that after blindsiding Steve and defying tradition.
This action by Sos and Onoda creates and increases the distrust, divisiveness and dysfunctionality in our Town Government.
200+ negative reactions by residents in about a day speaks volumes.
No leader should ever put their individual interests above the residents.
I am calling for Renata Sos to do the right thing and step down as Mayor.
(Ed. Note: Mike McCluer is a past mayor and current Moraga Town Council member.)