SOLANA BEACH — From a field of 22 applicants, council members appointed 17 residents to two-year terms on the city’s five citizen commissions during the Jan. 22 meeting.
Most applicants sought a position on only one committee and 12 of the 13 incumbents who reapplied to their respective positions were reappointed. One vacancy, on the Budget and Finance Commission, resulted from a resignation and three people did not reapply.
There were six applicants for Budget and Finance. Craig Nelson and Jeff Anderman were reappointed and Kevin Murphy was selected to fill Anthony Craig’s vacated position. Only one of the three other applicants was appointed to another commission.
Parks and Recreation had the same number of applicants as vacancies, but Lynne Truong was the only incumbent to be reappointed. Linda Swindell and Ryan Wiggins were selected for the remaining positions. Joy Brinker did not reapply and Susan McEachern was not selected.
Six people threw their hats in the ring for four available spots on the Public Arts Advisory Commission. Incumbents Michael Swanson, Tara Gordon and Nicolle Selby-Thomas were reappointed. Harry Grossman filled a vacancy left by Allie Dixon, who did not reapply.
All three incumbents — Thomas Alexander, Lynn Salsberg and Kristi Day — were reappointed to Public Safety, which had twice as many applicants as positions available. Two of those three were named to other commissions.
Current commissioners Rebecca Lawson, Paul Bishop and Pat Coad were all reappointed to View Assessment. Molly Fleming, who also applied for Public Safety, filled the position left vacant by John Scales, who did not reapply.
After all appointments were confirmed, Mayor Tom Campbell suggested a future discussion about term limits.
“I think we talked about it at one point in time — either we forgot to discuss it or no one really cared — was whether or not we should consider term limits or something to get more people involved,” he said.
“It’s always difficult when you’ve got somebody that does an excellent job, but they keep getting reappointed and we don’t get new blood,” Campbell added. “It might be something you guys want to think about in the future.”
Before any appointments were made Gordon asked council members to consider her for the Public Arts Advisory Commission, on which she has served for at least seven years.
“I’m the oldest member on PAAC, and because of that I have the perspective of having watched this organization go through its growth,” she said. “I really do think that I’ll be able to bring that to PAAC as most of the people on PAAC now are new.
“What I really feel that PAAC has been working on to bring more to the community than it ever has is that quality of life,” Gordon said. “And I want you to know that’s what I would stress if I’m lucky enough to be able to continue to work on this committee.”
All commission applicants must live in Solana Beach and be at least 18 years old. Members of View Assessment and Budget and Finance must also own property within the city. Each group has seven members, except Budget and Finance, which has five, and all meet once a month.
Councilwoman Lesa Heebner asked to add a requirement that all letters of recommendation be from Solana Beach residents.
“A lot of these reference letters were nice words, but I don’t know the people who are recommending them,” she said. “I’m not sure if those individuals understand the community, especially for something like the View Assessment Committee that has got a lot of authority. I’d like them to understand the way that our community works and the codes and so forth.”
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