Gabe Kearney had just about given up being on the Petaluma City Council. He finished fifth among nine candidates for three open seats in the November election, garnering only 12 percent of the citywide vote. But on Monday, he became the compromise choice for an open seat on the divided council despite questions about where he stands on key issues. A look at how he became Petaluma’s newest councilmember. What do you think about the choice?
Wendy Macy, an attorney who oversees 70,000 regular employees as the chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District, will take over as the county’s personnel director April 5. At the top of her list of priorities is repairing a fractured relationship with county employee groups. “We know we’re going to be facing difficult decisions. But we can set a good tone with communications and transparency,” she said.
Gabe Kearney, an active member of the Sonoma County Young Democrats who placed fifth in the November election, becomes the swing vote on the Petaluma City Council. Three members of the business-backed bloc on the council joined with progressive Tiffany Renee late Monday to break the logjam that had left the council with one vacant seat.
Petaluma council members say they are hopeful for a compromise Monday night when they make a third attempt to fill a vacant council seat. But that means at least one member from one of the two well-defined factions on the council will have to vote independently of his or her bloc. Can any of the candidates gain four votes?
Grant Davis, the interim head of the Sonoma County Water Agency, has been hired as the agency’s general manager. The appointment puts an end to a process that was surrounded with political intrigue a year ago, when then-Supervisor Paul Kelley was widely rumored to be seeking the general manager’s post.
After three unofficial votes to fill its vacant seventh seat, the Petaluma City Council Monday night deadlocked again and opted to delay the decision for another month. “It would be counterproductive to go further with this, because it will serve to tear apart the body of six that is up here right now,” Mayor David Glass said.
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.
In a display of cooperation and compromise, the Petaluma City Council on Monday night unanimously approved appointments to 20 city and regional committees, including a hotly contested seat that stalled the process three weeks ago. The 6-0 vote was met with applause from the audience.
The city has now posted Q&A’s with 19 people who applied for a vacancy on the Petaluma City Council. One applicant submitted an incomplete application and was disqualified. See how the rest answered the questions.
The Petaluma City Council is going to try again to work together. Tonight, the six council members, at times sharply split and obviously frustrated with each other, will again take up the issue of selecting liaison appointments to regional and local committees. The first attempt Jan. 3 ended with perceived insults and one council member describing the discord as a “circus.”