In Recognition of Coralin Feierbachby Representative Jackie Speier
Posted on 2013-12-11
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Ms. SPEIER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor Coralin Feierbach for 14
years of outstanding service on the Belmont City Council, serving as
mayor in 1999, 2007 and 2011. Coralin was first elected in 1995 for one
term. She joined the council again in 2003 and has served continuously
since that date.
Coralin's hands-on and passionate style make her one of the most memorable leaders in Belmont. She always strives to see the side of residents, and works hard to ensure that their interests rather than the interests of others are the central focus of the council's deliberations. She will listen to Belmont residents on any topic, at any time of the day or night.
Coralin has been a longtime advocate of open space. She first made a name for herself in the community in the mid-1970s when a plan to build housing on Sugarloaf Mountain in San Mateo on the border with Belmont was proposed. She and others won the fight to protect open space and Coralin has spent much of her life since protecting the Belmont hills from development.
During her tenure on the council, she was instrumental in getting both Measure F, the Hillside Preservation Ordinance, and the Slope Density Ordinance, passed. She assisted in the acquisition of 35 acres in San Juan Canyon which are now permanent open space. The canyon was slated to have 1,000 homes built and Coralin helped reduce the number of lots for homes down to about 60. She succeeded in preserving the land for its beauty and recreational purposes, making it a sanctuary for the area's wildlife and residents.
She also worked on a revision of the city's tree ordinance, the smoking ordinance, design review, code enforcement, the noise ordinance, construction time limits and green initiatives. Literally, if you look at the lush trees and canyons that distinguish Belmont, you see Coralin's clarity of purpose throughout the community.
Coralin served during some of the most difficult economic times for Belmont. She always wanted a balanced and fair budget. She worked hard to prevent Caltrain's evolution from changing the character of the community, and her service did not begin with the council. Coralin served on the Planning Commission from 1986-1987 and 2001-2003.
Coralin has a Bachelor's in Mathematics from San Francisco State University and did two years in the graduate program in mathematics at San Francisco State. She was a software developer and part owner of a software development firm.
In her well-deserved retirement, Coralin is looking forward to spending more time with her husband Gary, their daughter and grandchildren. And she plans to take music classes at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont and to start a quartet as she plays classical piano.
Mr. Speaker, I ask the House of Representatives to rise with me to honor Coralin Feierbach for her outstanding public service to the residents of Belmont. She has preserved and nurtured the city's spirit in order to produce tranquility amidst the urban din, and a small town appeal that makes Belmont a gem on the San Francisco Peninsula.