Human Relations Commissioner Ripple Leung was appointed to the Fremont Planning Commission by Mayor Harrison at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Leung helps increase diversity of the planning commission by including an Asian American woman to the decision making process. The appointment went uneventfully and was approved 5-0.
Former police officer and city council candidate Rick Jones was appointed to the Fremont planning commission seat left vacant by City Councilmember Raj Salwan. Jones was sworn in with a unanimous vote of 5-0 at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Mayor Bill Harrison has one more appointment left on the planning commission which will replace the seat vacated by former Planning Commissioner Lisa Quan.
Raj Salwan secured the most votes to become the next city Councilmember. Salwan layed out many specifics to help secure the most votes. He emphasized his city government experience along with his business experience and was able to differentiate himself from the others by his track record. He got two top votes and one third vote to win the appointment. David Bonaccorsi came in second place while John Dutra came in third place.
The following applicants got four votes (one from each council member):
The following applicants made the second tier and got three votes:
John J Dutra
Rick Jones got two votes. The rest didn’t make the cut.
Interviews and final ranking are next Monday at 5:00 pm.
Ten people have applied to be appointed to the Fremont City Council. The applicants are:
John J Dutra – city council candidate (Nov ’12)& Economic Commissioner
Raj Salwan – Planning Commissioner & Chairman, Fremont Chamber
David Bonaccorsi – Planning Commissioner & local attorney
Christina Broadwin – leader of Save Kimber Park
Rick Jones – former police officer & city council candidate (Nov ’12) who almost tied John Dutra
Robert Brunton – former Ohlone trustee & Ohlone candidate (Nov ’12)
Rakesh Sharma – former plannimg commissioner & two time city council candidate (Nov ’12, Nov ’04)
Yogi Chugh – planning commissioner
Tariq Ali – technical guy who manages public pension funds
Robert Chavez – former NUMMI worker
Interviews are scheduled for January 14, 2014.
Stay tuned for more…
Fremont’s police chief Craig Steckler is retiring after 20 years as the chief. The police department will keep him in a transitional role for four months at a pay of $30/hour for fifteen hours a week. Read more about it here
Political appointments are as political as they come. The decision to appoint someone the councilmembers can live with is frequently complicated by political calculations and past history.
In recent times, the appointments started with the appointment of Anu Natarajan to the Fremont city council in 2004. A relative newcomer, Natarajan was appointed to the Fremont City Council after a lot of maneuvering and pressure by political groups. Some groups were arguing to get the third top vote getter (Dirk Lorenz) to be appointed, but the city council members rebuffed this argument saying that the voters had made their decision.
In 2010, a vacancy was created after Bob Wieckowski was elected to the assembly. The candidates were numerous and the selection was difficult. The frontrunner going into the appointment was Dirk Lorenz, but he pulled out at the last moment. Lorenz made the statement that he was going to focus on his business, and he was looking to run a vigorous campaign in 2012. At the eleventh hour, Dominic Dutra, put his name into the hat. The same argument was used that the third top vote getter at the time (Vinnie Bacon) deserved to get the appointment, but the city councilmembers again rebuffed this argument saying that the voters had voted against the candidate. Other top contenders were David Bonaccorssi and Raj Salwan. Ultimately, Dutra secured three top votes, while Salwan received one top vote.
In 2011, Gus Morrison was appointed interim Mayor to fill in for deceased Mayor Bob Wasserman. Other top contenders were Dirk Lorenz and David Bonaccorssi. The former mayor’s experience and temporary position made the difference.
Bill Harrison’s recent election to Mayor has resulted in another vacancy. There are a large pool of candidates who will be applying for this position, some who just ran, some planning commisioners, and some active citizens. Let’s see what the appointments will bring this time…
The application deadline is December 21, 2012 and the applications are available here.