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By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/17/13, 6:34 PM PST | Updated: 17 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A new councilman and a new city attorney will be sworn in at Monday’s City Council meeting, the first since the Nov. 5 recall election.

City Attorney Gary Saenz officially took office Wednesday, eight days after voters recalled James F. Penman from that office.

Saenz’s taking office was done, City Clerk Gigi Hanna said, to allow him to prepare documents for the council meeting, although resolutions for this meeting are signed by Senior Assistant City Attorney Jolena Grider.

But this will be the first time Jim Mulvihill, a retired urban planning professor from Cal State San Bernardino who also served on the city Planning Commission, sits in the 7th Ward council seat that he has sought in several elections.

Mulvihill received 41 percent of the vote — nearly double that of his closest competitor, Mike Thomas — in the five-candidate race, after 58 percent of voters said yes on the question of whether to recall Wendy McCammack after 12 years in the seat.

Mulvihill’s presence may be enough to shift the balance on some controversial questions the City Council has grappled with.

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