By LORI A. CARTER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The Petaluma City Council unanimously appointed a former council candidate Monday to the Planning Commission.
Ray Johnson, who ran unsuccessfully in 2010, received votes from all six council members present. He was the only applicant.
Some council observers suggested the appointment process could become political based on changes a previous council made to its planning boards after the council majority changed hands.
But Johnson’s appointment to the seven-member commission spurred no controversy.
Since 2009, the commission has tilted strongly toward the slower-growth philosophy. That year, a new City Council majority essentially fired all members of two volunteer planning boards mid-term and replaced them with a new Planning Commission more aligned to its slower-growth philosophies.
Johnson is ideologically aligned with more pro-development Council Members Chris Albertson, Mike Harris and Mike Healy. Healy was absent Monday.
Mayor David Glass, Vice Mayor Tiffany Renee and Councilwoman Teresa Barrett are typically more skeptical toward growth.
Planning Commission Chairman Curtis Johansen didn’t reapply for his seat.
You can reach Staff Writer Lori A. Carter at 762-7297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.