Grand Terrace Council to appoint new member
The 3-1 decision, with Councilwoman Lee Ann Garcia dissenting, came following extended discussions at a special meeting Tuesday and the previous week, when the City Council delayed the decision to avoid an apparent 2-2 stalemate over whether to hold a special election or appoint someone.
"Everybody was surprised that we were able to come together," Mayor Walt Stanckiewitz said afterward. "See, we can agree. People shouldn't be afraid that one group is trying to get power over the other."
Many of the citizens advocating for an election had expressed concern that the four council members would be unable to agree on a fifth member. Some also worried that if they chose the most-recommended appointment suggestion - Sylvia Robles, who lost in November by 1 percent - she would align with Stanckiewitz and Councilman Bernardo Sandoval to overpower the remaining two council members.
Others said allowing the council to choose its own member was undemocratic.
But the majority of residents said the city could not afford an election, which the registrar of voters said would cost $31,000 to $50,000.
The council voted Dec. 14 to ask the registrar if money could be saved by consolidating the election with another city's, but no cost-cutting methods were found.
Any registered voter in Grand Terrace can fill out an application from City Hall, the library, the Grand Terrace Childcare Center or www.cityofgrandterrace.org.
"I think there's somebody out there who all of us will be happy with," Stanckiewitz said. "Are they somebody who ran? Maybe. I doubt it, because there (are) a lot of hard feelings on both sides."
Applications must be submitted by Jan. 4. The City Council will interview candidates and vote to accept one at the next meeting, Jan. 11.
Clearly Sylvia Robles is the desired Council Member by much of the community. Also as clear Neither Council Member Garcia nor Council Member McNaboe will approve her appointment. Even if a Boy Scout Hosted Election under the upervision of a Certified Public Accountants were to result in a vote for Sylvia Robles, Darcy McNaboe asked if the council would have to approve that indicating that she would not comply even if such an election selected Sylvia the popular vote. Perhaps this was why she went along with the appointment rather than an election. She feared that Sylvia Robles would have won an election of any sort, after seeing the number of supporters attending the two city council meetings. She selected appointment with several times assuring Council Member Lee Ann Garcia that there was little likely hood that three Council Members would find a candidate they could vote for and thus the seat would remain open.
Well, given the above it would make since that Sylvia Robles in spite of public support saves the public and the council's time and just waits on an election period that will count and neither McNaboe or Garcia can avoid the election results. Let's hope that the low election results for Wilson, Schwab and the others who ran in the last election also prove them unworthy to be seated and that a person who did not run may be the only option that could possibly result in an appointment. It should also be a person not previously serving on the Planning Commision as all those servings are in the position due to a selection process tainted by the Schwab Era of Administration.