By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Petaluma residents looking to step into the breach of the Petaluma City Council have until Jan. 20 to apply.
The six-person council is seeking a seventh member to fill the remaining two years of David Glass’ council seat, which was left vacant after he was sworn in as mayor on Monday.
Council members will review the applications and question applicants before they vote on an appointment at a Jan. 31 special council meeting.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. at City Hall, 11 English St. The Jan. 31 meeting begins at 6 p.m.
Applicants are asked to complete six questions related to Petaluma’s budget, how to attract new business, how flexible development requirements should be, infrastructure priorities and cooperation on the famously divided council.
The eight-page application can be accessed online at www.cityofpetaluma.net/cclerk/pdf/ApplicationCouncil2011.pdf
Applicants must be Petaluma residents and registered voters. For information, call 778-4360.
1) What economic development programs and incentives do you believe are necessary to retain and support the growth of existing businesses, and to attract the kinds of new business contemplated in the city’s Economic Development Strategy?
2) The General Plan is the guiding document and vision for the City. Under what circumstances would you be comfortable in approving uses that are inconsistent with the Plan, and under what circumstances would you be comfortable not approving uses specifically allowed in the plan?
3) What infill policies do you think should be adopted in light of the Urban Growth Boundary established by the voters in 1998 and extended to 2025 by the voters in 2010? What policies and programs would you promote to protect Petaluma’s historic, cultural and physical assets?
4) Within existing budget constraints, how would you address infrastructure needs including street maintenance, flood control, park development and traffic congestion?
5) What would you do to assure that as Councilmember you contribute to building a cohesive team comprised of the Mayor and Council, City Manager and Staff that works together with mutual trust and respect to provide vital public services and protects the public’s interests?
6) Petaluma has grappled with fiscal decline for the last three budget cycles. Briefly discuss your knowledge of Petaluma’s budget situation. Please further discuss the priorities and policies you believe the Council should adopt to restore short term fiscal stability, and the priorities and policies you believe the Council should adopt to foster long term fiscal sustainability.