The City Council voted Monday to appoint Gabe Kearney to the vacant seventh seat. Congratulations to Gabe. We appreciate your willingness to take on the challenge.
PETALUMA CITY COUNCIL AGENDA, FEBRUARY 28: DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING COUNCIL VACANCY
The City Council has its regularly scheduled meeting this coming Monday, February 28 beginning at 7:00 P.M. A key item of interest will be a revisit of the vacant council seat.
Background on the Council Vacancy and Action the January 31st Council Meeting
The vacant seat was last discussed at the January 31st meeting. The minimum objective on the 31st was to “winnow down” the number of applicants to a small number that could be discussed. The ultimate goal was to reach agreement on filling the seat. Using a list of 19 applicants, three successive “expressions of interest” or preference votes were taken. By the end of the evening the minimum objective had been partially met. On the third vote preferences were expressed for 10 of the 19 applicants. Those ten were:
Gene Beatty Jeff Mayne
Harry Clifford Rick Parker
Jason Davies Dennis Pocekay
Ray Johnson Lou Steinberg
Christina Kauk Pamela Torliatt
There was no overlap between those supported by the developer funded coalition of Healy/Albertson/Harris and the community supported coalition of Glass/Barrett/Renee. Of particular note:
- Not one of the developer funded HAH coalition “expressed interest” in Jason Davies. Davies received more voter support for council than any of the other 19 applicants;
- Healy has commented and made clear in an Argus Courier letter to the editor that Jason Davies should not be considered for the vacancy. According to Healy the Council would be best served by selecting an applicant who was above the political fray. Yet, Healy “expressed interest” (aka voted) three times, along with Mike Harris, for Ray Johnson, a losing council candidate and Jeff Mayne, a losing Mayoral candidate (Albertson agreed two of the three times but dropped his interest in Mayne on the third vote);
- The community supported coalition of Glass, Barrett and Renee “voted” for what could be considered a compromise candidate – Dennis Pocekay.
Click Record for a full accounting of the “expressions of interests”/votes made at the January 31st meeting was compiled by Council Watch. Click on Agenda for the full agenda including a full list of the 19 applicants and their applications.
Comment: What to Look For
It will be interesting to see if both coalitions stick to the applicants they ended up with on their third vote at the January 31st meeting or go back to the original list of 19. Back tracking will essentially eliminate any of the previous progress made.
Also of interest will be if to see if HAH is totally wedded to development interests. HAH did not take the opportunity to accept Pocekay as an interesting possible compromise candidate in January.
The level of enthusiasm – perhaps demonstrated by the level of vigorous, intelligent debate versus the pabulum of “consensus” – will be an interesting indicator of whether the HAH coalition wants to fill the seat or continue with its obstruction of progress.
LAW SUIT AMENDED TO INCLUDE VIOLATIONS OF BROWN ACT BY SONOMA BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Since January 14, when Petaluma Tomorrow along with the City of Petaluma, the Petaluma River Council, the Madrone Audubon Society, Friends of Shollenberger Park, Moms for Clean Air and five individuals filed a lawsuit against the county to stop the Dutra Asphalt Plant, much preparation has gone on regarding the suit and a complaint to the Board of Supervisors for Brown Act violations.
- The Board of Supervisors, in closed session and beyond public scrutiny, denied claims that they violated of the Brown Act, California’s Open Meeting Law at their meeting on December 14, 2010. At the December meeting the BoS prohibited any public comment on the Dutra Asphalt plant. This is a very disappointing violation of the basic tenants of open government.
- Based on the decision of the BOS regarding Brown Act violations, the law suit against the county has been amended to include the violations.
We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.
PETALUMA TOMORROW PROMINENT IN ONGOING SAVE SHOLLENBERGER EFFORTS – Preparation of Documents for Law Suit
During the last week and a half PT members have taken a lead role in the volunteer effort to scan documents needed for the law suit to stop the Dutra Asphalt plant and save Shollenberger Park. An initial requirement to mount the legal action is the scanning of an estimated 70,000 pages of documents. Charges for the scanning would have been in excess of $65,000 had it been done by the county instead of volunteers. Reflecting our commitment to this effort and the dedication of individual members, over half of the volunteer time required to complete the task has been staffed by Petaluma Tomorrow members.
CITY ASKS US TO GET INVOLVED
The City has posted a notice that it is seeking applications for city commissions and committees. This is a great way to become involved in policy making at the ground level. And, it has become a path to taking a more prominent role in city politics. The notice from the city’s website is shown below with a link to the application and instructions.
Applications are now being accepted to serve on City Boards, Commissions, and Committees. To learn more and complete an application, visit here.
SONOMA-MARIN AREA RAIL TRANSIT DISTRICT – COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District is holding another community workshop to receive public input on the design of the Downtown and Corona Road stations. SMART staff and design consultants will present information about the progress of the project in general and, more specifically, the design of the two stations and related components. The workshop will be at the Petaluma Community Center and will occur on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
(From the City of Petaluma Website)