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Several stalwarts term out of commission posts

ENCINITAS — The deadline has come and gone for incumbent commissioners to re-apply for spots on the city’s council-appointed advisory commissions, and several long-time members are not seeking reappointment.

Several of the veteran commissioners, including Planning Commissioner JoAnn Shannon, are stepping down as a result of term limits the council imposed at the end of 2013 that took effect last year.

Shannon, who served a term on the commission during the 1990s before returning to the panel in 2010, said she enjoyed her time on the board, which allowed her to tap into her expertise of city planning, which was her college major.

“It was fabulous,” said Shannon, who also said her real estate business, which has picked up since the economy has emerged from the recession, has consumed more of her time than when she was reappointed. “I don’t want to be in a position where I can’t fully devote the time necessary to the commission, so I think the term limits have served a purpose.”

Other commissioners who were termed out of their seats include senior citizens commissioners Joel King and Roger Bolus.

Another council appointee, parks and recreation commissioner Sanford Shapiro, opted not to seek reappointment. Reached Wednesday, he said that he believed it was time to get more new people involved on the panel.

“I’ve served my time,” Shapiro said.

Another vacancy that is scheduled to be filled arose when Catherine Blakespear, formerly on the traffic and public safety commission, was elected to the City Council.

New applicants for the commission openings had until 6 p.m. Thursday to submit their applications.

The City Council will interview the applicants Feb. 18 and make appointments Feb. 25.