Cal City adopts plan for greater in­put on plan­ners

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By AL­LI­SON GATLIN Val­ley Press Staff Writer

CAL­I­FOR­NIA CITY — The City Coun­cil will have a greater say in the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion makeup un­der a plan agreed to on Sept. 10.

Un­der the ex­ist­ing city code, the mayor has author­ity to ap­point mem­bers to the Com­mis­sion, “sub­ject to the ad­vice and con­sent” of the four coun­cil mem­bers.

How­ever, Mayor Pro Tem Gene Stump re­quested a change to the pro­ce­dure to al­low in­di­vid­ual Coun­cil mem­bers to have a more ac­tive role and to nom­i­nate com­mis­sion­ers, as well.

“Coun­cil mem­bers should be able to sug­gest peo­ple for the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion,” he said.

The way the pol­icy has been in­ter­preted, Stump said, “the mayor has put who­ever they want in,” and the Coun­cil has had lit­tle in­put and he feels the code has not been fol­lowed prop­erly.

“If we’re go­ing to leave it the way it is, I want to see the code fol­lowed,” he said.

Res­i­dent Kristy Mundt said she has ap­plied twice for a Com­mis­sion ap­point­ment, un­der two dif­fer­ent may­ors who each had their own meth­ods for

mak­ing a de­ter­mi­na­tion of who to ap­point from among ap­pli­cants.

“I don’t see any­thing that needs to be changed. They fol­lowed the rules,” she said. “The peo­ple were brought up to the Coun­cil and were ap­proved.”

Al­though the Coun­cil has had fi­nal ap­proval of the most re­cent ap­point­ments, it has been sim­ply with an up-or-down vote, not dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing in­di­vid­ual can­di­dates, Coun­cil­man Don­ald Par­ris said.

“Look­ing back at the code, the Coun­cil should be able to par­tic­i­pate in the se­lec­tion,” he said, prior to the fi­nal vote.

Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Chair­man Jim Creighton sug­gested the Coun­cil dis­cuss Com­mis­sion ap­point­ments in closed ses­sion, in or­der to al­low for greater in­put into the process by all five mem­bers.

Mayor Chuck McGuire agreed that a closed ses­sion item for fu­ture Com­mis­sion ap­point­ments could pro­vide the added in­volve­ment.

“That way we’re cov­ered,” he said.

The Coun­cil reached con­sen­sus on the pro­ce­dure for fu­ture ap­point­ments.

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