For the second time in her six years on the Glendale City Council, Ginger Bremberg has been selected by her colleagues to be mayor. She will hold the largely ceremonial post for one year.
Bremberg, 61, a 4-foot, 10-inch community activist who once called herself a "professional gadfly," has worked full time in the City Council post since she was elected in 1981. Known for her feisty, outspoken manner, she also served as mayor from 1983 to 1984 and was the leading vote-getter in a field of six candidates in her first bid for reelection in 1985.
The mayor's title is rotated among council members and carries with it a host of ceremonial and organizational duties. The mayor is paid $800 a month, the same as the other four council members, but occupies a spacious suite on a second-floor wing at City Hall, apart from the council office.
Bremberg succeeds Larry Zarian, 50, who stepped down during a special election ceremony on Monday. Zarian was Glendale's first mayor of Armenian heritage.