Quantcast
 
Loading
WatchSonoma
WatchSonoma Watch

Is Petaluma ready to appoint a new council member?

BY LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Petaluma’s six City Council members may vote to appoint a seventh member during a special meeting Monday night.
Nineteen applicants are seeking the spot, including seven candidates from November’s elections.

The appointment is seen as critical to both sides of the ideologically split board, whose members differ on how strictly the council should oversee applications for private development projects in Petaluma.

Three who are on the council — Mayor David Glass, Tiffany Renee and Teresa Barrett — want stronger oversight and additional conditions on development. The other three — Mike Harris, Mike Healy and newcomer Chris Albertson — favor a more hands-off approach.

If the council can reach a four-person vote for any of the applicants, the new member could become a swing vote on potentially controversial projects, including the Deer Creek Village proposal, which includes a Lowe’s home improvement store.

The vacancy was created when Glass was elected mayor in November, halfway through his council term. Petaluma is the only city in the county that elects its mayor separately. The term expires at the end of 2012.

Applicants include former interim city manager Gene Beatty, ex-Mayor Pam Torliatt and three former Petaluma school board trustees: Christina Kauk, Rick Parker and Lou Steinberg.

The seven-page application asked applicants to discuss their values and priorities about issues including development, budget and collaboration with other city leaders and staff.

Others seeking the position are: Durward “Chips” Armstrong, Wyatt Bunker, Paul Clary, Harry Clifford III, Jason Davies, Dmitri Evdokimoff, Daryl Johnson, Ray Johnson, Gabe Kearney, Jeff Mayne, Bryant Moynihan, Karen Nau, Dennis Pocekay and Sara Sass.

Bunker, Davies, Ray Johnson, Kearney and Nau all lost in their bids for election to three open council seats in November. Mayne ran for mayor and Torliatt for county supervisor.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at 11 English St. The discussion is scheduled to come after a vote on committing millions of dollars to redevelopment projects in the city.





7 Responses to “Is Petaluma ready to appoint a new council member?”

  1. I don’t see Petaluma’s anti-Smart Growth coalition having a candidate who can beat Pam Torliatt in a June race. So, it seems to me they face a question, “Do you want to agree to someone now or have Pam Torliatt this summer?” I guess we’ll find out soon.

    Thumb up 3 Thumb down 7

  2. john bly says:

    Communities need successful businesses to keep people employed which keeps funding their government to provide needed and desired services. No offense, but I do not see any of the obstructionists hiring anybody—Petaluma needs some construction and business activity to provide what they do not have-a sustainable revenue stream to support their City services. Choices are getting really simple-cut safety services like police and fire, or stimulate some growth. Petaluma cannot continue to spend what it does not have-

    Thumb up 8 Thumb down 5

  3. Kim says:

    ““Can four members of the Petaluma City Council come to a consensus on appointing a new council member?” The answer is NO”

    That is the ONLY thing that I would agree with. Becasue Glas, Barrett & Renee want Torliatt (or Davies) and will settle for none other.

    “Glass, Barrett and Renee want somebody that will vote with them on smart growth projects and attaining realistic economic goals for Petaluma.” Uh, don’t you mean “No Growth”? The only reason Glass & Torliatt voted for the Regency project was because they were running for office and compromised their principals to garner votes. They also spearheaded the “Power Grab” by dismissing SPARC and Planning Commission and appointing all No-Growthers(and a person that has a certificate in flower arrainging) to the new Planning Commission (nice little legacy).

    As for Healy, I guess you don’t like objectivity. If you don’t nod your head in unison and drink from the same pitcher of tainted cool aid as Glass & the other three….then you’re a bad person. I get it! ;-)

    Thumb up 20 Thumb down 11

  4. Negative Wilson says:

    @Wilson,

    Thankfully David Glass does not follow in your footsteps. It is highly unlikely Glass will agree with your negative comments towards Harris, Healy and Albertson.

    These council members need to work together and your comments do nothing but tear our council further apart.

    You show NO class, NO manners and NO respect. YOU are an insult to the citizens of Petaluma.

    Thumb up 18 Thumb down 10

  5. Dan Delgado says:

    “For those of you giving me a thumbs down… the truth hurts, doesn’t it?”

    Wilson,
    Hard to know if there is any truth in your post. Your bias overwhelms any that might be there. I’d kind of like to hear your thoughts if you can be a bit more objective.

    Thumb up 16 Thumb down 8

  6. Wilson says:

    What an insulting article title, especially since the media’s false portrail of Chris Albertson was instrumental in his election and directly led to this debacle.

    The real question is “Can four members of the Petaluma City Council come to a consensus on appointing a new council member?” The answer is NO and I am more than happy about that.

    Glass, Barrett and Renee want somebody that will vote with them on smart growth projects and attaining realistic economic goals for Petaluma. They want a true representative of the people.

    Harris wants someone who will vote with him on any and every development project that comes along since those developers are the major source of his campaign donors (look it up if you don’t believe me). Who cares if we have massive vacancies here, no drinking water to adequately supply them if they ever find tennants and a national economy on the skids that won’t support more development.

    Healy will want someone to vote with him in what ever manner he decides benefits him the most. Nobody really knows where Healy stands anymore on anything. That’s why he has lost most of his backing and support.

    Albertson will want someone who will allow him to let the firefighters bankrupt Petaluma. This is exactly why Vallejo went bankrupt. Other than that, he’ll need someone to show him how to be a councilmember becasue he doesn’t have any clue about how to do it.

    For those of you giving me a thumbs down… the truth hurts, doesn’t it?

    Thumb up 16 Thumb down 34

  7. Work together as 6 says:

    Given that “this appointment is seen as critical to both sides of the ideologically split board”, they should leave the council as is and learn to work together as a 6 member council until the November 2012 election. If someone is appointed, that person will not have a chance in the next election.

    Thumb up 12 Thumb down 2

Leave a Reply