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Mill Valley Mayor Serves It Up Big On the Courts and Off the Grill

Mayor Garry Lion was elected to the City Council for the second time in 2007, and was re-elected in 2011. He's been serving the community since his first year on City Council in 1986.

Mill Valley City Councilman is in the midst of his turn in the rotation as the city's Mayor. He also serves as Mill Valley’s representative to the Association of Bay Area Governments and as a liason member of the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce's board. He is President of the Board of Artisans, a nonprofit educational arts foundation started in Mill Valley. Lion lives with his wife Nini in the Scott Valley neighborhood, and has lived in town for 34 years. In this first installement of Weekend Routine, Lion tells about what he does for fun on the weekend.

Grand Slam Politics

Virtually every Saturday and Sunday morning at 8 a.m., Lion plays three to four sets of doubles at the . Most weekends Lion. has a USTA match to play with one of his competitive teams, at either The Olympic Club or Scott Valley. A match with Roger Federer is pending.

Slope Monster

During the winters, Lion enjoys spending the weekends shredding the slopes of Squaw Valley and racing with the Olympic Club Ski Team. The team competes against other ski clubs in the Bay Area in slalom and giant slalom racing.

Enter The Red Zone

During the fall, Lion eats, sleeps, and breathes Stanford football. He’s had season tickets for over 40 years. He’s glad that the football program is starting to finally measure up to the other sports programs at Stanford, and he enjoys the occasional pre-game festivities. “A neighbor friend and I met up with a long-time pre-game tailgate group nicknamed ‘Margarita-gate’ with our gas-engine blender.”

Mayoral Duties

Most of Lion’s duties as Mayor are scheduled on weeknights, but on the weekends he sometimes serves on Saturday “Depot Duty,” where he sits at the and responds to residents' questions or concerns. Lion also started a similar program that occurs on Monday, , "to give citizens an opportunity to discuss more in-depth major issues they might have with the city.”

Grill Master

One of the Mayor’s favorite events is the staged by the Chamber of Commerce and the Mill Valley Market. Lion enjoys cooking for his family on the weekends as part of a long-time ritual. “I have grilled part of our family’s dinner virtually every Saturday and Sunday night since I met my wife in graduate school. At this point, my son and daughter are grown and gone, but we still enjoy a formal dinner most weekend nights.”


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