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John Moore named to Cotati City Council vacancy

By MELODY KARPKINSKI
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Cotati City Council unanimously voted to appoint John Moore as the new city councilman Wednesday.

The council seat became vacant in January following former city Councilwoman Pat Gilardi’s resignation to take a job as district director for Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin.

“(Moore) is a longstanding community member who has integrity and is a hard worker,” said Mayor Mark Landman. “We look forward to working with him.”

John Moore, Cotati councilman.

John Moore, Cotati councilman.

The City Council voted unanimously Jan. 23 to appoint a new council member, instead of holding a special election.

Moore, an insurance executive with the Rohnert Park branch of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, was one of nine applicants for the position.

“It’s a grueling process and I thought the field was wide open for all of the applicants,” said Moore, who has been a Cotati resident since 1984. “I thought some of the applicants were very strong.”

The original list of applicants included George Barich, Isaac Freed, Linell Hardy, Ed Hirsch, Sky Matula, Moore, Ashley Veach, Eris Weaver and Alan Wintermeyer.

Only six of the nine applicants attended the council’s Wednesday meeting. After more than four hours of presentations from the applicants, the council narrowed the field down to Moore and conflict resolution facilitator Weaver.

Landman noted both Weaver and Moore’s background as experienced negotiators interested him.

“(Moore) is a person who can voice his disagreement without being divisive,” Landman said. “That makes a big difference.”

Moore, who serves as a district bargaining unit representative for a local branch of Service Employees International Union, believes the experience will be helpful in his new position.

“Within (conflict) you have to allow others to be professional and save face so that you can get down into the nitty gritty of the real issues,” Moore said.

Moore’s top three priorities include stabilizing the city’s revenue, working on viable options for the city’s downtown plan and restoring some of the city services lost to the economic downturn, Moore said.

“I’d really like to see the city have a recreation department again,” he said.

The new councilman also noted the challenge the downtown plan now presents after voters banned roundabouts from Cotati in 2012.

“We’re going to have to keep the plan viable,” Moore said. “I want to be able to bolster the city to be more economically viable.”

Moore’s wife, Lisa, previously served as a city councilwoman and briefly as mayor of Cotati. Both husband and wife had originally pulled applications for the position, but mutually decided he should move forward due to his wife’s decision to attend Sonoma State University.

Moore was chosen late into the evening and was immediately sworn in as the new councilman.





5 Responses to “John Moore named to Cotati City Council vacancy”

  1. Jorge Soto says:

    I know this isn’t directly about the article, but it does relate to ICLEI and AGENDA 21 and the SMART Train.

    In a report published in April of 2012 by the Royal Society titled People and the Planet, the elitist UK-based society calls for massive population reduction and de-industrialization of the west.

    Drenched in euphemisms, the report cannot conceal its ominous undertones. Listed among its “key recommendations” the report proposes several measures similar to the one put out recently by MIT in which a drastic reduction of the population is called for in the name of “modelling” and predictions.
    What the Royal Society terms “systematically decoupling economic activity from environmental impact” is actually a rephrasing of Agenda 21’s plan to gradually de-industrialize the west as well as the creation of megacities in which the bulk of the world’s population can be locked up to make them more manageable. Or, what the Royal Society calls “the potential for urbanisation to reduce material consumption.” hence ReWilding of America,

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  2. James Bennett says:

    Cotati is a perfect example for all of us to observe and learn from, as to what happens when a town signs up as an ICLEI Charter.

    Local Governments For Sustainability (ICLEI) will give direction, goals and feeling of belonging, being part of something bigger. Offer training, a future place on their big Ark of oppression. Lots of warm ‘n fuzzy rhetoric and ideology. Instill the notion that they’re doing the right thing, because they will reduce ‘greenhouse gasses’ to help mitigate our ‘global warming’ problem. Only thing is anthropogenic global warming is the biggest lie of the 21st Century. It was contrived by Club of Rome/UN globalists as an instrument of our control/oppression and a means to unify toward their totalitarian goals. That is a fact.

    The only ‘climate change’ is from ozone depletion as a result of their ongoing ‘geo-engineering’ programs (‘chem-trails’). It’s all BS, and the globalists know it, e-mail correspondence/whistle blower testimony has been exposed to that effect. Aside from tens of thousands of of World’s most qualified scientists, not on the dole.

    But follower type that were picked last for kick ball in school are now V.I.P.s.

    This is John Moore’s ‘reward’ for spearheading a a recall campaign against Barich using the slimiest contrived garbage. The details of which would leave your jaw gaping open.

    Ray Charles could tell that George was the most appropriate candidate if he was present Wed. night at Cotati Council as half a dozen candidates were interviewed and the public made their wishes known. But that didn’t matter.

    It was VERY OBVIOUS that it was A.D.D. (Already Done Deal).

    We were fairly sure they would do this, but thought it would be so obvious, such a bust that they would be forced to do the right thing, frankly.

    However this little town wins the award; most treasonous, devout little cabal in Sonoma County. It’s amazing to watch, they are rogue to their constituents.

    They have the stats and carnage left in their wake to prove it.

    Reliant Trucking left, Oliver’s Market who could serve as a fabulous anchor business stated they wouldn’t commit with their ICLEI directed ‘Complete Street’ model in place.

    Recognizing that it bottle necks business. The well located town has an over 50% commercial vacancy rate. It goes on and on.

    See that’s what ICLEI does, chokes the life out of a town. Strangles our Civil Rights, our Property Rights, Unalienable Rights, Small Business Rights, our economy, everything. Hell, it starts when you get off the Freeway heading toward down town. Ever notice there’s two lanes going left at Old Redwood Hwy. headed toward a frontage road. But one lane going to the down town merchants and the vast majority of population/business’.

    Yes indeed, this is the cherry topping off Cotati’s corrupt little cup cake.

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  3. Phaedra Glidden says:

    I attended this City Council meeting along with many others to speak on behalf of George Barich for the open seat. The room was packed to the point that they had to bring extra chairs into the chamber. Most of the people there seemed to be Barich supporters.

    It was apparent from the beginning that they wanted “Anybody but George”. Their bias showed during the questioning part of the interview. First, George was not thanked for applying for the position. It wasn’t until the second applicant approached the Council and was being thanked that Councilmember Del ‘Osso “remembered” to thank George. (Yeah, he “forgot”, that’s believable!) Then, there was a scenerio posed to all the other applicants, where they were offered a chance to be “King or Queen for a day” and share their ideas for the town, no matter how realistic or fanciful. George was not offered this opportunity, I wonder why? Then, there was a question regarding a possible water shortage in the future, and George was the ONLY one who knew that Cotati sells water to Marin and suggested that contract be ended to keep more of Cotati’s water in Cotati. All the other applicants suggested additional conservation efforts, like using grey water for flushing toilets or watering plants. One applicant suggested more underground water storage. George was well-versed on all the issues facing Cotati. In my opinion, the other applicants were lacking in this area. It seemed that a few even had problems answering the Council’s questions. Those there to speak on George’s behalf mostly implored the current City Council to put aside their past differences with George and give those who voted for him a voice on the Council. I pointed out that Diversity of Thought is just as important as Diversity of Culture.

    Unfortunately, the Council was unwilling to set their own personal feelings aside and do what is in the best interest of the City of Cotati. They didn’t want someone on the Council who would be a check and balance to the power they currently enjoy. They obviously wanted someone more like themselves who will go along with whatever they want to do. I think they missed a great opportunity to show the Public that they are above partisan politics and are serious in doing all that is in the best interest for the citizens of Cotati.

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  4. Morgan H. says:

    I’m interested in seeing how he plans to obtain his goals. It’s kinda funny that he won out of every other candidate despite the conflict of interest w/ his wife’s past workings w/ the city.

    His goals may not be viable at this time, but declaring them now is a great ‘foot in’ if he can’t get it done this term.

    I’m just glad he’s actually a citizen of our town and not from Santa Rosa, Petaluma or any other of the outlying areas.

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  5. David says:

    Why bother to campaign and run for the office run when you can get your comrades to appoint you?

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