Thursday, February 02, 2017

Next Tuesday's Council Meeting - Another Barn Burner!



BUSY TIME NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT
Just when you thought things might begin to ease off a little bit you get slapped in the face with an agenda for next Tuesday's Costa Mesa City Council meeting and you realize that there's still plenty of interesting stuff going on.
FULL AGENDA(S)
Next Tuesday, February 7, 2017, the Council will meet, first in a packed-agenda Closed Session beginning at 4:00 p.m., and later in another packed-agenda open session beginning in Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m.  You can read the agenda items HERE.
FIVE ITEMS IN CLOSED SESSION
The Closed Session has three litigation items, including the first one which involves sober living organizations, plus two labor negotiation issues.  I'm suspecting these items will take every bit of that two hours allocated for it.
ORDER OF MARCH
Following the call to order, announcements and Public Comments for items NOT on the agenda there will be the first segment of Council Comments - the segment restricts each council member to four (4) minutes.  There is additional time at the end of the meeting if any council member wishes to deliver an extended commentary.
THE WARRANT
The Consent Calendar is shorter than has been the case in the past.  Item #2, Warrant 2570, shows us how nearly $4 million of our tax dollars have been spent.  You can read the entire warrant HERE.  I'll scroll down through it and list a few items that caught my eye:
The first thing was a list of sixteen (16) checks that were reversed - voided because of mistakes.  That's very unusual, but worth noting. 
Others included:
Admin Sure Inc. - $42,215.01 - Wkrs Comp Admin Fee - Jan-Mar 17
Arthur Lawrence - $22,000.00 - Final Stmt (for what?)
National Auto Fleet Group - $125,956.77 - purchase of 3 vehicles
Replacement Benefit Fund - $55,948.32 - 2017 PERS Retirement Plan
Travel Costa Mesa - $151,265.42 - BIA Receipts for November, 2016
Management Partners Inc. - $10,446.25 - Consulting Svcs DS 12/1-12/15
Jones & Mayer - $52,680.24 - Legal Svcs, Yellowstone and Dadey
MEASURE X INVESTIGATIONS
Further on down the agenda Item #6, HERE, is especially interesting.  It's a resolution authorizing the City to access state and local summary criminal history information for licensing purposes and federal level criminal history information.  According to the staff report, as a result of Measure X, which authorizes certain types of Medical Marijuana businesses - but not sales - in a small section in the north part of town, we will be required to have all owners, managers and all employees of such businesses undergo a background check prior to a business being issued a Medical Marijuana Business Permit.  Here we go, with a whole new layer of administrative documentation being required.  Yikes!
EXTENSION OF MARIJUANA BAN
There is only one Public Hearing on the agenda, HERE.  This is an extension of the urgency ordinance adopted on January 3, 2017 and which would expire February 17, 2017 that prohibits ALL marijuana uses that are or will be authorized by Proposition 64.  The staff recommends extending this urgency ordinance for ten (10) months and fifteen (15) days.
APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONERS
Old Business #1, HERE, is the appointments of commissioners to the Senior, Parks and Recreation and Planning Commissions.  The staff report outlines the procedures and has a link to the files on the candidates plus one to the nomination forms to be used.  This will be interesting.
WIND SPEED ORDINANCE
Old Business #2, HERE, is the second reading of Wind Speed Ordinance.  This will take 30 seconds, flat.
ADIOS, COIN!  GOOD RIDDANCE!
New Business #1, HERE, was a surprise to me.  This one recommends dumping Steve Mensinger's bogus COIN Ordinance, sweeping more of the residue of his tenure on the City Council out the door.  If you read the staff report you'll understand why - the State has passed the CRONY law, which requires any city using COIN to follow a similar process for ALL contracts.  This was a bad idea from the start and it will be good to see it go.  As part of this process staff is being directed to develop a policy that endures transparency in the labor negotiation process. 

MERCURIO TAKES THE LOW ROAD
You may find it interesting to know that, when I posted an advance note about this item on Facebook, Julie Mercurio - she who dominates and controls the Costa Mesa Public Square and who was an appointee to the Parks and Recreation Commission last year to give her short candidacy for City Council a boost - posted this comment on that thread: "I truly don't believe all those that voted for Sandy Genis & John Stephens saw this coming.  They voted for a safer community more cops & fireman.  They didn't VOTE for us to be raped behind closed doors...."  We are VERY lucky this woman is no longer a public servant.
AMBULANCE TRANSPORTATION, REDUX
New Business #2, HERE, was another pleasant surprise.  This is the resurrection of the discussion of Ambulance Transportation within the City of Costa Mesa.  The staff report outlines the four steps recommended by Fire Chief Dan Stefano:

1. Receive the updated presentation on the status of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulance transportation for the City of Costa Mesa.

2. Authorize and approve a part-time Emergency Medical Services Coordinator to assist in the coordination of the Fire and Rescue department’s EMS ambulance transportation program, including billing and cost recovery.

3. Approve the scheduling of an April study session to discuss the reassessment of the city’s EMS ambulance service transportation options.

4. Approve the scheduling within a May City Council meeting to review updated recommendations on the city’s EMS ambulance service transportation.

This is GREAT news.  You will note that it calls for a study session on this issue in April - remember when we used to have those before Jim Righeimer took over? - to thoroughly vet this issue in a more casual setting, then agendize it for a May City Council meeting.
STARTING OVER WITH ALL COMMITTEES AND BOARDS
The final item on the agenda is New Business #3, HERE, - another surprise to me.  This one is certain to give loyal volunteers some heartburn.  You can read the staff report, but basically this sweeps ALL committees and boards clean and starts over as of the end of March. 

 MAJOR CHANGES FOR THE PENSION COMMITTEE
It also recommends merging the Pension Oversight Committee into the Finance Advisory Committee.  If the council decides to retain the Pension Oversight Committee the staff report recommends changing the scope of work and responsibilities and changing the name to the Pension Advisory Committee.

MORE CHANGES - ADDS AND DELETES
Also, this item recommends considering formalizing the Military Affairs Team as a Committee; the dissolution of the Fairview Park Citizen's Advisory Committee, the Charter Committee and the 60th Anniversary Committee.  It also asks for the consideration of the creation of a Fairview Park Steering Committee and a Youth Sports Committee.

THE LIST
Here's the list of the current committees.  There is an attachment to the staff report, HERE,  that lists the members and term expirations:

• Access Building
• Fire and Housing Board of Appeal
• Cultural Art Committee
• Finance Advisory Committee
• Historical Preservation Committee
• Housing & Public Service Grants Committee
• Pension Oversight Committee
• Bikeway and Walkability Committee
• Traffic Impact Fee Ad Hoc Committee
• Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee
• Charter Committee

A MAJOR RECRUITMENT PROCESS STARTS NEXT WEEK
I can tell you this will get some spirited conversation.  I don't have the sense that the council is unhappy with any committee or member of a committee.  City Clerk Brenda Green will launch a recruitment effort, special interview meetings may be scheduled as was done with the commissions and new committee members will be appointed at the regular City Council meeting of April 4, 2017.

OPTIONS
Recruitment/Interview options are provided in the staff report.
BRING A PILLOW
Tuesday is going to be one VERY interesting meeting - those attending should plan for a long, but fascinating, evening.

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Bike Committee Wrestles With 19th Street - Both Ends


19TH STREET ISSUES DOMINATED THE DISCUSSIONS
The Costa Mesa Bikeway and Walkability Committee met again last night at the Costa Mesa Senior Center from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. to continue their tasks.  Last night those tasks included heavy doses of 19th Street.  Most of the committee members were present
PACKED HOUSE
I arrived about five minutes late after my dash from Corona del Mar and missed Public Comments.  As I entered the room I found the audience section packed with interested residents, eager to hear, and participate, in discussions to be held.
WEST 19TH STREET BIKE TRAIL
First up was the much-flogged West 19th Street Bicycle Trail Project, which extends from the end of West 19th Street into Talbert Nature Reserve.  This issue was recently discussed by the City Council, who directed staff to return it to this committee for further vetting.  There's not much to vet because the issue at hand - the development of an environmental report for the proposed project - is already approved.  Nevertheless, the committee gave the issue a thorough going-over.
CINDY BLACK SAYS NO...
Resident and environmental activist Cindy Black - not a member of the committee - was invited to present a short slide show reflecting her opinion of why this project as presently constituted is a bad idea.  She showed slides of the current, rain-drenched condition of the area in question and also showed examples of recent illegal removal of vegetation.  She also questioned why, since the City of Costa Mesa does not own this property, we should be spending any money on these studys.  She showed images of protected and endangered species that would be impacted by the planned concrete roadway.  Five members of the public addressed this issue, too.  The committee ended up spending an hour dissecting and discussing this subject.
EAST 19TH STREET TRAFFIC CALMING
Next up was the other end of 19th Street - the so-called East 19th Street Neighborhood Traffic Managment Project.  This issue drew many of my Eastside neighbors to discuss it, particularly in context with a similar project completed a couple years ago on Broadway, which parallels East 19th Street in that part of town.  In a nutshell, this project will place traffic calming measures the length of East 19th Street from the city border at Irvine Avenue westward to Fullerton Avenue.  These consist of chokers at the intersections of all cross-streets, which will slow the traffic and, in theory, make it safer.  The project is funded by Federal Safe Routes To School funds.
MOST NEIGHBORS SUPPORTED THE PROJECT - EXCEPT ME
All of the neighbors who spoke supported this project - except me.  I opined, based on my more than 43 years of living in this neighborhood, that slowing traffic on 19th Street - much of which is headed for the terminus of the 55 Freeway at Newport Boulevard - will result in drivers seeking relief on parallel streets - most likely 20th Street and Costa Mesa Street.  My view was singular among those in the room.  Others praised the Broadway project, indicating it is now quieter and safer.  They addressed this project in similar terms, indicating that the traffic currently moves too rapidly through the neighborhood.  This project would certainly slow it down.
MONUMENT SIGNS AND SHARROWS
This project, which includes a monument sign at Fullerton identifying the area as "Eastside Costa Mesa" and a similar, but smaller sign near the intersection of Irvine Avenue, has funding for $855,000.  Discussion included the wisdom of actually designating East 19th Street as a "bikeway", including the application of "sharrows" markers along that route that would, could, should alert drivers of their responsibility to share the FULL lane with bicyclers.
MOVE IT FORWARD
After a 45 minute discussion the committee voted - 11-1 - to recommend moving forward with this project.  Member Cindy Brenneman voted no.
VACATION OF RIGHT-OF-WAY AT FULLERTON AVE./19TH STREET
Next up was the discussion of the vacation of right-of-way of a piece of city-owned property at the corner of 19th Street and Fullerton Avenue.   Following a short, fifteen minute, discussion, the committee voted 8-4 to recommend moving forward with the vacation plan.

UPCOMING PROJECTS
The committee also briefly discussed upcoming projects - Merrimac to the Golf Course rehabilitation and the Arlington Bioswale, which is 90% through the design process.

FUTURE DISCUSSIONS?
During the discussion of potential future agenda items the following issues were proposed:
CYCLE-CROSS EVENT?
Jim Erickson suggested they discuss a CycloCross event at one of the parks, or at least consider a skills clinic.  The group seemed to favor a further discussion.

GREEN COAST DAY AT OCC?
Flo Martin suggested a discussion of the Green Coast Day event in April at Orange Coast College, referring to local bicycler Roy Duval.  She also mentioned that he, Duval, has a source for new bicycle racks and would install them free of charge throughout the city.  That will get further discussion.

CLOSE THE LOOP
Staff liaison newly-anointed Public Services Director Raja Sethuraman, suggested they close the loop on some existing issues - the original list of projects and funding for them plus the Bike Master Plan itself.
"POLICIES" VS. "RECOMMENDATIONS"
Chairman Ralph Taboada inquired whether the new City Council will address the "Recommendations" vs. "Policies" issue that was sidetracked by Councilmember Jim Righeimer.

COMMITTEE COMMENTS
During Committee Member Comments several issues were addressed.
Jim Erickson suggested these comments might be restricted to 2 minutes.
Jim Kane had a laundry list of issues, including congratulating Sethuraman for his recent promotion; the recent award bestowed on the City for the Harbor Boulevard Bike Trail; the new bike racks at City Hall and the Senior Center (he suggested lighting the area at the Senior Center for safety); a Walkability webinar that was being conducted soon; he wondered about the Placentia Avenue bike crossing signal project, which seemed to have stalled; he complained about the Harbor Blvd. Bike Trail expansion joints, which apparently give riders a good jolt when crossing them and he asked about spacing of the Tanager Bike Trail posts.

Flo Martin also addressed the Harbor Blvd. Bike Trail, and wondered if the lights are on 24 hours and also addressed the bumps on the trail.  She also wondered about the cost of the new bike racks.

Taboada mentioned a recent trip to Ft. Collins, Colorado and observed many bicyclers out in 18 degree weather.
RAJA COMMENTS
Sethuraman told the group the Placentia Bike Signal project was stalled because of a problem with the contractor, who has been replaced by another via the Bonding company and the project should be completed soon.  He told us the new bike racks cost $500 each. He told us the posts at the Tanager trail would be widened.  He also mentioned that the discussion of the upcoming OC Marathon routes would be on the agenda at the next City Council meeting.  He also mentioned a Shuttle Transportation project with OCTA that would move from the South Coast Plaza area to the Lab/Camp location allowing residents and visitors to move between those two venues via public transportation.  Currently there is a shuttle from South Coast Plaza to Disneyland.
KUDOS, AGAIN...
The meeting adjourned to their next meeting on March 1st at 8:56.  Once again, I was impressed with the way this particular committee works.  They manage to vet issues without rancor, reach well-reasoned conclusions, considering opinions of the other members carefully.  Last night, due to the large turnout of residents to discuss 19th Street issues, Taboada held a light rein on the discussions and actually permitted brief comments by members of the public outside the normal Public Comments segment on each issue.  It made for a very comfortable situation and most viewpoints were heard and considered.  Kudos, once again, to the members of this committee for their diligence and dedication to these important issues.

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John Wayne "Next Gen" Flight Paths Discussed



SO MANY MEETINGS, SO LITTLE TIME
'Twas a busy evening at A Bubbling Cauldron last night.  First, we attended the briefing provided to the public at Newport Beach's Oasis Senior Center in Corona del Mar regarding the changes being made by the Federal Aviation Administration in the airspace over the United States.  This briefing focused on the impact of the changes on John Wayne Airport and Long Beach Airport.
FAA BRIEFING ON AIR TRAFFIC CHANGES
The City of Costa Mesa announced this meeting on the City web site HERE, and provided a link, HERE, to the Southern California Metroplex (SoCal METROPLEX) Environmental Assessment Website.  The country has been carved up into several "metroplexes" for the purpose of studying and evaluating the changes thought to be necessary to bring air traffic control into a more modern mode.  This is a very informative site, which also has dozens of other links to Google Earth programs which can show us current and proposed traffic patterns in our area.
NEW SYSTEM NEEDED TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY
According to the handouts provided at the meeting, this metroplex includes 99 new satellite-based procedures, including 41 departure procedures, 37 terminal arrival procedures and 21 runway approach procedures.  Yikes!  These are apparently necessary to reduce the complexity of the airspace in our region that encompasses 21 airports, including six major airports.  In theory, this will improve the safety, efficiency, reliability and availability of air transportation in the United States.  The new procedures replace old, inefficient systems that relied on ground-based navigational aids, which limited available flight paths.  They compared it to replacing old paper maps with GPS systems while driving our cars.
HEADS-UP!
We are told that, once these new procedures are implemented, we may see aircraft flying in areas where none previously flew, due to route changes and the satellite-based procedures. 
IT'S HAPPENING NOW
And, yes, this is a done deal.  After the FAA held 11 public workshops and conducted 79 additional briefings for stakeholders and others it has completed the studies and is moving forward.  According to the handouts, phasing-in of the new procedures has begun and will continue through April.  More information can be found at the project website, HERE.
MINGLING WITH OTHER RESIDENTS
I spent a little over an hour at this casual event and joined hundreds of other interested citizens viewing the screens, trying to decipher the jargon and speaking with the experts wandering around the large room.  Several Costa Mesa residents were in attendance.  I saw Senior Staffer Minoo Ashabi chatting with former councilman and Planning Commission candidate Jay Humphrey and others.  Teresa Drain, community activist and candidate for a Planning Commission seat, also attended and interrogated FAA staff.  I saw Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Genis and activist Beth Refakes investigating some of the interactive screens around the room.
A SLIGHT NOISE DECREASE AT MY HOUSE
In the handouts it encouraged us to contact our local airports if we're concerned about noise infractions.  When I chatted with one of the operators of the screens located around the room she input my home address and showed me that, based on their noise monitoring conducted as part of this project, the noise level at my location would, in theory, slightly decrease.  Of course, that all depends on every pilot following every rule - which doesn't happen today and I have no confidence it will happen in the future, regardless which rules are in place.

COMPRESSING MORE AIRCRAFT INTO THE SAME SPACE!
Based on some conversations I heard, these new procedures will make it possible to compress more flights into the same airspace.  That made me more than a little nervous, especially when you consider that for these new procedures to be FULLY implemented it requires the planes flying in the space to have new, very expensive equipment.  We are told that all the airlines flying into and out of John Wayne Airport are cooperating, but the airport has a very significant population of private aircraft which may NOT be equipped with the necessary new technology.
CHECK IT OUT YOURSELF
So, off we go into the future.  I encourage you to follow the links above and do your own visitation via Google Earth to see how these changes may affect your neighborhood.  It's actually an interesting exercise.
AND, OF COURSE, POLITICIANS MADE AN APPEARANCE
After an hour I made a rapid departure to my next meeting - the Costa Mesa Bikeway and Walkability Committee meeting at OUR Senior Center... more on that in the next entry.  As I departed I noted that Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer had erected a shelter outside the room and was holding court with constituents.  I didn't take the time to eavesdrop on his conversations.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Planning Commission Interviews Complete

 Tom Duarte, Tom Hatch, Jim Righeimer, 
John Stephens, Sandra Genis, Katrina Foley
FOURTEEN INTERVIEWED - MATHEWS A NO-SHOW, AGAIN
The Costa Mesa City Council completed their interviews of fourteen (14) candidates for the five (5) Planning Commission vacancies Tuesday night - former Vice Chair Jeff Mathews failed to show up for the process again.
 Katrina Foley and Brenda Green
SELECTION TO OCCUR NEXT WEEK
As mentioned in an earlier post, the actual selection process for the Planning Commission, plus the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Senior Commission, will now occur at the regularly-scheduled council meeting next Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
Council contemplating
MANSOOR ABSENT DUE TO FAMILY EMERGENCY
Council member Allan Mansoor was absent from this meeting, apparently due to a family emergency, but Jim Righeimer - who was absent from the session last Tuesday - did attend the meeting last night.
 Susan Gonzales
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Mayor Katrina Foley moderated this meeting.  It began shortly after the prescribed start time of 5:30 and Foley permitted Public Comments.  The irrepressible Terry Koken jumped up and sang a short ditty.  Anna Vrska stepped up to praise candidates Jay Humphrey and Teresa Drain.
Stephan Andranian
MODIFIED SCHEDULE
The order of interview was changed from the original schedule placing Susan Gonzales first due to a prior commitment for a CERT certification class.  This is the order in which the candidates were screened:
  • Susan Gonzales
  • Stephan H. Andranian   
  • Byron de Arakal    
  • Sarah Bortz     
  • Robert L. Dickson, Jr..     
  • Teresa Callo Drain     
  • Jeffrey Harlan    
  • Danial Hoffmann     
  • Jay Humphrey     
  • Isabell Mayer Kerins          
  • Jenna Tourje     
  • Dan Worthington    
  • Jonathan Zich    
  • Mark Buchanan 
PROCESS SIMILAR TO LAST WEEK
As was the practice last week with the other two commissions, City Clerk Brenda Green escorted each candidate into the Conference Room - the others were asked to remain outside in fairness to the others - Foley introduced the candidates to the council members and explained the process.  This time around each candidate would be grilled for ten (10) minutes.  Foley led off with two pre-determined questions, followed by one question each by the council members on an alternating rotating basis and a second round of questions could occur if time permitted.  Foley generally asked the same first two questions of each, but not always.  City Clerk Brenda Green kept the time, providing a warning when two minutes remained so questions could be wrapped up and a closing statement could be given if time permitted.  More often than not there was insufficient time.
Byron de Arakal
AN INTERESTING FIRST QUESTION
Foley usually started by asking each candidate what the role of a Planning Commissioner was.  Most came close to answering the question.
Sarah Bortz
SURPRISE RESPONSES
What surprised me the most from that session was how few of the candidates had actually reviewed the recently-updated General Plan - the foundational document for development in the city - and the highly-controversial Residential Overlays for Harbor Boulevard and Newport Boulevard which formed a part of that General Plan update.  And, equally surprising, more than a few had only a vague understanding of Measure Y, passed in November and which has the potential to change development in Costa Mesa dramatically.
Rob Dickson
TOUGH TO HEAR - BUT THE MEETING WAS TAPED
The venue - Conference Room 1A - was not very user-friendly for those of us in the peanut gallery.  It was sometimes difficult to hear the questions being asked and answered because there was no amplified sound in the room.  The meeting, as was the one last week, was taped for future consumption, but nobody seemed to know when it would be available for viewing by the public.  I suspect it will be kept under wraps until after the selection process is complete next week.  If not, I'll let you know when it's available.
 Teresa Callo Drain
Jeffrey Harlan
AN EXCELLENT POOL OF CANDIDATES
Once again, this cadre of candidates - which included two recent  Planning Commissioners, a former Parks and Recreation Chairman, a former Parks and Recreation Commissioner and a former City Council member - brought excellent credentials for the council member's consideration.  As an old recruiter with decades of management team building under my ever-expanding belt, I salivated as I contemplated building a Planning Commission team from this group of candidates.  The combinations of land planning, legal training, community activism and significant leadership experience should make it possible to assemble an extremely effective commission.  We'll see next Tuesday.
 Daniel Hoffman
 Jay Humphrey
OPINIONS DIFFER
Each of us will have different opinions about the right candidates for these five openings.  I've selected mine, which will be my little secret until, perhaps, later.  It contains a mix of skills and experience that should, or could, make for an effective unit.  It was not an easy process for me because there are so many really excellent candidates.
Isabell Mayer Kerins
 Jenna Tourje
THE PROCESS
Here's the process the City Council will theoretically follow next Tuesday in the selection process for the seventeen (17) commissioners - five (5) each for the Planning and Parks and Recreation Commissions and seven (7) for the Senior Commission.  In theory, this process will help eliminate politics in the selection process - a good idea.  The process:

1. The City Council will convene in the Council Chambers. 
2. The Mayor will open the floor for public comments. 
3. Council Member comments 
4. On the nomination forms each Council Member will rank their selected applicants 5-1 (5 being the highest score) for the Planning and Parks & Recreation Commissions, and 7-1 (7 being the highest score) for the Senior Commission. Each Council Member shall submit their nomination forms to the City Clerk. The points for each applicant will be totaled and the total multiplied by the number of Council Members selecting that applicant. Example: Applicant 1 receives votes by three Council Members: 5+1+3 = 9. Multiply 9 by 3 for the total points of 27 for Applicant 1. 
5. The City Council will recess for approximately ten minutes to allow the City Clerk to tabulate the nominations. 
6. The City Clerk shall read all of the nominations into the record by each Council Member, and announce the selections with the highest totals; applicants receiving the most points shall be appointed to the four-year terms, or City Council shall provide direction on term selections. 
7. If the final selection results in a tie vote, Council Members will draw numbers to determine order of nominations. The first Council member in order nominates their preferred applicant, and upon receiving a second shall be voted on by the entire Council 
8. The City Council shall ratify the selections to the Senior Commission with a motion, second, and call for the vote. 
9. The City Council shall ratify the selections to the Parks & Recreation Commission with a motion, second, and call for the vote. 
10.The City Council shall ratify the selections to the Planning Commission with a motion, second, and call for the vote.

Dan Worthington 
A FIRST - AN APOLITICAL PROCESS
In my memory of City events, this is the first time this particular process has been used for selection of commissioners.  In the recent past, during the Jim Righeimer/Steve Mensinger/Gary Monahan era, they held the majority on the council, so most commission seats were determined by their majority vote.  It's instructive to note that the current council majority - Katrina Foley, Sandra Genis and John Stephens - are at least attempting to remove politics and cronyism from the selection of important commission positions.  I'm not sure how this process is actually going to shake out, but kudos to them for attempting to make this a fair process - they didn't have to do it.
Jonathan Zich
A WHOLE NEW TEAM NEXT WEEK
Next week at this time we will have a brand new cadre of commissioners, all ready to serve the residents of this city.  I'm looking forward to watching this process unfold and am confident we will end up with three commissions staffed with seventeen eager, skilled volunteers.
Mark Buchanan

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