Committee members appointed

Committee members appointed
Encinitas residents attending the City Council meeting turn their backs to the council after current Deputy Mayor Jerome Stocks was voted in as mayor by the council. Photo by Adrienne Kutner

ENCINITAS — Unlike previous years, there was little discussion and no dissent on the mayor’s appointments to regional and local boards and committees. City Council approved Mayor Jerome Stocks’ recommendations unanimously during the special meeting Dec. 19. Stocks said during the meeting that he sent a prior email to the council with his proposed appointments and asked if anyone had requests for changes. “A few did,” he said.

In a departure from the normal voting procedure, each council member left the room during the vote on their appointments. The change was in response to a letter sent by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission to the city stating that it was not appropriate for each council member to be present during a vote on committee assignments due to the potential for personal financial gain. Some of the committees afford a stipend per meeting.

There was little change in the 20 appointments, with newly appointed Council member Mark Muir gaining 11 new assignments. Last year, Council member Teresa Barth was stripped of her regional committee assignments by a council majority during a contentious meeting.

During last year’s meeting, then-Deputy Mayor Stocks motioned to have first-time Council member Kristin Gaspar replace Barth as alternate representative on the San Diego Association of Governments, (SANDAG) and North County Transit District Barth was demoted to SANDAG second alternate while Stocks remained as the city’s representative.

Stocks kept those appointments in place this year.

Unlike Stocks, then-Mayor James Bond said he did not speak to anyone on the council prior to the meeting in 2010 except Gaspar regarding his recommendations to the various regional boards. “I would have liked to talk to everyone but it’s not appropriate under the state’s Brown Act,” he said.

The groups deal with issues on regional and local levels including water and waste treatment, transportation and infrastructure, tourism and housing. Most boards and committees require two representatives. Some require alternates.

Muir, a former member of the Olivenhain Water District board, was appointed to the San Dieguito Water District board. He will also serve as a school district liaison representative. His wife, Maureen, serves as a trustee on the Encinitas Union School District board, which has filed suit against the city over the zoning of the former Pacific View Elementary School.

“I’m sure we will all serve the people of Encinitas well in our various capacities,” Stocks said.

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  1. N. County dude says:

    Here here, good job Mayor Stocks! I believe you are correct and that Encinitas will be well represented by your suggested appointments which have been unanimously agreed upon by the City Council!

  2. Real Encinitas says:

    When Jerome Stocks spoke of how humbled he was to be Mayor Encinitas as more than 40 Encinitas citizens stood up and turned their back on his comments did not sound credible. Stocks put his chances to be Mayor in place last year when he had Gaspar nominate Bond for Mayor and Stocks for Deputy Mayor. In fact, each time that Stocks has run for reelection he has found a way hold one of thos 2 posts.

    Naturally he kept things as they were, since he told Jim Bond what appointment to make last year when he set for the 2012 election. I have had several people from other communitites–particularly, Solana Beach, express anger about Jerome Stocks for his decisions on SANDAG. This lack of rotation has concentrated so much power into one person, that it is having a a regional impact to have Jerome Stocks in the role of mayor, and those in other communities are even more unhappy thank Encinitas residents.

  3. Patrick O'Connor says:

    At least Teresa keeps me informed. Years ago as a student at USC Big Daddy Jesse Unnruh began his wild political career. He was USB president and rode roughshod over the school. Later he was did the same things for years to the state . Finally he got termed out. Maybe term limits would be good for Encinitas??

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