The Cotati City Council voted 4-0 Wednesday to seek applicants to fill a vacancy on the dais created by the resignation of Pat Gilardi, who is taking a job with new 1st District County Supervisor Susan Gorin.
Cotati City Councilman Mark Landman, who became involved in the city’s politics when he helped lead a bitter and successful 2009 campaign to recall Councilman George Barich, was selected to be its mayor Wednesday.
In a development that may upturn Cotati’s election season, the son of the late California conservationist John Olmsted is jumping into the race as a write-in City Council candidate, billing himself as a ‘fresh voice’ who understands the needs of a small town.
A former deputy district attorney, two incumbents and a once-recalled councilman have taken out nomination papers for Cotati’s November election. Should they all submit those papers by Aug. 10, the city, with three council seats up for grabs, will have its third contested election in four years.
George Barich, Cotati gadfly and the city’s most persistent City Hall critic, is now the city’s most frustrated publisher. Stacks of his new Cotati Independent monthly newspaper have been disappearing from a City Hall table where newspapers and other materials are left for the taking. “It’s very suspicious,” said Barich.
A math professor, a former mayor and a once-recalled council member are among five applicants for a vacant Cotati Council seat. The two others are a self-employed business consultant and a former planning commission chairwoman. See who’s being considered to fill the seat vacated by the death of Councilman Robert Coleman-Senghor.
Former Cotati City Councilman George Barich, for years a devoted council gadfly, has filed an ethics complaint against Mayor Janet Orchard. The complaint alleges that Orchard violated the city’s ethics code by behaving abusively to Barich by interrupting him as he spoke during the section of the meeting reserved for public comment.