Vacancies Declared on the Planning Commission

City officials will consider applicants who previously applied.

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published October 16, 2009

Temple City councilmembers unexpectedly voted to shake up the composition of the Planning commission at its meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

“I would suggest that we hold a special hearing,” said councilman Vincent Yu, after learning a new individual had filled out an application to serve on the Planning commission. Yu stated he wanted to hear from the applicant, Patrick Horton, and “would still like to consider new people.”

The terms for Planning commissioners Don Griffiths and James LeBerthon expire on June 30.

Commissioners are normally reappointed to another term, especially if they express a desire to remain. Terms for city commissioners last for two years.

After discussing Yu’s idea, councilmembers unanimously voted to declare three vacancies on the Planning commission.

Besides the seats Griffiths and LeBerthon occupy, the commission had an additional vacancy due to Cynthia Sternquist’s appointment to the City Council.

The City Council then collectively voted to re-confirm all the appointees on the Parks and Recreation. The terms for Dan Arrighi, Nanette Fish and Andrea Olivas were extended until June 30, 2011.

Interim city manager and parks and recreation director subsequently announced that there would be an unexpected resignation from one of the commissioners on the Parks and Recreation commission. (The Temple City Voice believes this individual is Pamela Yugar.)

The city will advertise the vacancies over the next ten days. Interviews will occur on Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. and will be conducted in the City Council chambers. Previously applicants, who would like to be considered, must be re-interviewed.

Also on Tuesday night, the City Council passed its annual budget. City staff predicts that Temple City will have approximately $31.6 million in reserves, in additional to the $4.3 million owed by the Community Redevelopment Agency, at the end of the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

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