After the governor filled an empty county supervisor seat earlier this month, the appointment process has rolled south to Arroyo Grande.
The Arroyo Grande City Council has had a vacant seat since former council member Caren Ray was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill San Luis Obispo County’s 4th District Supervisor seat, left open by the death of Supervisor Paul Teixeira. It took nearly four months to yield a supervisor pick. Ray resigned from her seat on the Arroyo Grande City Council before her swearing in as supervisor on Oct. 8.
According to City Manager Steve Adams, the council is accepting applications for city residents who’d like to be considered for the position. In order to make the process transparent and allow the public to participate, he said, a forum will be held at the Arroyo Grande Women’s Club at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29. At the forum, which will be led by the League of Women Voters, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions of the applicants. Following that, the council will interview applicants at their Nov. 12 meeting. It’s likely that they’ll vote to select an appointee at that meeting, Adams said.
A seat on the city’s planning commission is also up for grabs after Ray hired commissioner Liz Ruth to be her legislative assistant. The two served together on the planning commission from 2008 to 2010 before Ray was appointed to the City Council to fill a seat left vacant after the criminal troubles of former councilman Ed Arnold. Councilman Joe Costello will recommend a new commissioner for appointment.
-- Melody DeMeritt - former city council member, Morro Bay