Mayor Pro Tempore Dave Capra has missed the two regularly scheduled City Council meetings this month. His absence has allowed opposition councilmembers the opportunity to exercise new power in city matters. If he is unable to return soon, the residents or City Council of Temple City may demand his resignation.
Councilman Dave Capra, re-elected to a second term last March, is part of the three-member majority bloc that sits on the City Council. His absence comes as the City is discussing redevelopment to increase sales tax revenue.
“He is being excused because he is ill” stated Temple City Mayor Cathé Wilson, in a response directed toward a question about Capra’s absence at the July 16 City Council meeting.
Earlier at the meeting, the City Council failed to come to an agreement regarding the acquisition of several parcels along Temple City Boulevard and Las Tunas Drive. The Council voted 2-2 in the matter. Because of the unexpected tie vote, the City could not move forward with the plan. A local political observer noted the idea would have been carried had Councilman Capra been present.
According to the Pasadena Star News, Capra was hospitalized at Methodist hospital in the neighboring city of Arcadia for a minimum of two weeks. The paper added that Capra was released last Tuesday.
Capra’s term ends in 2011. If he is forced to resign because of health reasons, the City Council will appoint a Temple City resident and voter to fill his remaining term. Possible successors could be former City Council members and individuals on city commissions.
“He will come back,” stated Mayor Wilson last Tuesday. “He is fine.”
This article was written by Matthew Wong. It was published by the Temple City Voice on July 23, 2008.