Archive | January, 2012

Reflections on Fremont Mayoral appointments

31 Jan

There were some interesting developments at yesterday’s Mayoral appointment of former Mayor Gus Morrison.

Sue Chan and Dominic Dutra seem to be on the same page as it relates to city council. Usually, one will take the cue from the other. Lately their votes have been very similar. Both Chan and Dutra voted for Dirk Lorenz as highest ranking.

Don Driggs was universally ranked the lowest. This was no doubt related to his inability to articulate his vision during the interview. Driggs was asked to stop speaking when his time ran out, but he insisted on “letting him finish anyways.”

Beth Hoffman was ranked in fifth place by all except Anu Natarajan. Natarajan surprised everyone with this vote. It doesn’t hurt that Hoffman represents an important voting constituency in Niles.

David Bonacorrsi was ranked third by everyone except Sue Chan. This no doubt must have related to Bonaccorsi’s past support of Chan in her 2008 election campaign and his grasp of planning issues. Bonaccorsi defined the words “Interim Mayor” and distinguished that from “Mayor” in representing a temporary person who would work collaboratively with council.

Bill Harrison ranked Dan Wilkowsky first while everyone else ranked him 4th or 5th. Wilkowsky had an impressive resume as an elected USD board member, but at times didn’t specifically answer the question at the interview. However, he did highlight the difficult budget tasks he had in Modesto and other municipalities.

Both Bill Harrison and Natarajan ranked Dirk Lorenz in fourth place. Dirk Lorenz answered all of the questions and said the right things. Lorenz said that he had “credibility” and he “was a known entitiy.”

Gus Morrison made a mention of being media savvy and he “knew how to talk to the media.” He said he would not say “he would have tacos for dinner.” This obviously was in reference to the discussion on Fremont Politics a few days ago. The city council chamber was full of laughter. Thanks for the plug Mayor Morrison. The rest is history…

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Gus Morrison appointed Interim Mayor

30 Jan


Gus Morrison returned to power as the Interim Mayor after he was selected after a unanimous motion was passed.

The rankings were as follows:

Sue Chan
1) Dirk Lorenz
2) David Bonaccorsi
3) Gus Morrison
4) Dan Wilkowsky
5) Beth Hoffman
6) Don Drig

Dominic Dutra
1) Dirk Lorenz
2) Gus Morrison
3) David Bonaccorsi
4) Dan Wilkowsky
5) Beth Hoffman
6) Don Driggs

Anu Natarajan
1) Gus Morrison
2) Beth Hoffman
3) David Bonaccorsi
4) Dirk Lorenz
5) Daniel Wilkowsky
6) Don Driggs

Bill Harrison
1) Dan Wilkowsky
2) Gus Morrison
3) David Bonaccorsi
4) Dirk Lorenz
5) Beth Hoffman
6) Don Driggs

In summary, the candidates in order of ranking were:
1. Gus Morrison
2. Dirk Lorenz
3. David Bonaccorssi
4. Dan Wilkowsky
5. Beth Hoffman
6. Don Driggs

Ellen Corbett recognizes Indian Republic Day

28 Jan

Senator Ellen Corbett recognized Indian Republic Day at the state capitol this Thursday, January 26, 2012. See more here:

Bob Wieckowski’s got competition

27 Jan

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski has got competition. Pete McHugh has his eyes on the 25th assembly seat. Read more about it here and here>.

Mayoral Vacancy Poll

27 Jan

If you were a city council member and you could vote who should be the interim Mayor, who would you vote for? (Note that the answers have been randomized and will change for each person.)

Fremont Mayoral Vacancy Interviews Monday

27 Jan

The interviews and ranking of six applicants for the Mayoral vacancy is scheduled for the upcoming Monday at 5:00 p.m.

Mayoral Vacancy Applicant Interview Times:

Daniel Wilkowsky 5:05 – 5:30 p.m.
Dirk Lorenz 5:30 – 5:55 p.m.
David Bonaccorsi 5:55 – 6:20 p.m.

[10 minute Break]

Beth Hoffman 6:30 – 6:55 p.m.
Gus Morrison 6:55 – 7:20 p.m.
Don Driggs 7:20 – 7:45 p.m.

At the conclusion of the interviews, it is anticipated that the council will rank all of the candidates and appoint one candidate for the mayoral vacancy.

In the event that a selection is made on January 30, 2012, the appointed Mayor may be
sworn in to office at a February 2012 Council Meeting (before the February 27, 2012 60-day deadline).

Interim Fremont Mayor

25 Jan

Here’s a good synopsis in The Argus covering the interim Mayor position and potential candidates. The incoming Mayor is going to have his(her) hands full.