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Friday, March 8, 2013         
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Photo of East Palo Alto City AttorneyKathleen Kane
East Palo Alto City Attorney Kathleen Kane

She has been on the job for one year and two months. But, East Palo Alto’s City Attorney, Kathleen Kane, announced her resignation at the East Palo Alto City Council meeting on March 5.

Kane told the council that she is leaving the city to take a position as the city attorney in Burlingame, where she lives. Kane submitted her letter of resignation to the city before she made her announcement at the council meeting.She said that March 22 will be her last day on the job.

Kane served as Burlingame’s interim city attorney in 2011, before she started her position in East Palo Alto on January 4, 2012. Kane replaced Valerie Armento who served as interim city attorney after Vincent Ewing resigned as the city’s attorney in March 2011.

In her public announcement at Tuesday’s council meeting, Kane said that she was tendering her resignation with considerable sadness. “I’m very attached to this place. I’m very proud of the time that I’ve spent here. It is not as long as I would have hoped, although, I do feel that we’ve accomplished a lot in the time that I’ve had.

"I will always be proud of having been connected to EPA and I will always be an advocate for the city whether in an official capacity or not. But I just want to let folks know that and also publicly thank the council for the opportunity to serve here. It has been a great honor and a great pleasure, and I wish you all the best.”

After she made her announcement, Kane was applauded by those who attended the council meeting.

Ruben Abrica, the city’s mayor, said, “ I personally want to say, ‘It is with sadness for me because I think you’ve done an excellent job….You’ve really embraced us as a city. All of our employees are dedicated, but our two major employees definitely invest a lot of their time and energy and part of their lives here, and it’s your second home in many ways. But I wish you the best. Working in your hometown, I’m sure, will be a new experience and your daughter, I’m sure, will get to see a lot more of you.’”

Kane said with a smile, “I am very committed to helping the city find an excellent replacement for me that will make you all glad that I left. So, we’ll be working on finding a good transition plan for the city.”

Council member Laura Martinez told Kane, “It’s been a pleasure to get to know you and to work with you, Kathleen, and, I know that in Burlingame, you’ll only be a phone call away.

Council member David Woods said that he would save his comments and goodbyes until March 22.

City officials and staff will set a special council meeting to discuss issues regarding Kane’s departure and her replacement. Kane will start her new duties in Belmont one week after her duties end in East Palo Alto.


Henrietta J. Burroughs, the author of this article, can be contacted by email at epatoday@epatoday.org.