I’ve just about finished a story about the upcoming appointment to fill Bob Wieckowski’s City Council seat.
No surprise that council members don’t think Vinnie Bacon’s strong third place finish entitles him to the appointment. Mayor Wasserman said that if that were the case, the council would have needed to make that clear well before election so that the other folks who want the appointment would have known to run.
The council is going to start the appointment process on Dec. 7. They have 30 days to make a decision. They picked Anu Natarajan before Christmas in 2004.
So who’s in?
Here are the folks who told me they plan to apply
1) Planning Commissioner Dirk Lorenz
2) Planning Commissioner David Bonaccorsi, who added that he hasn’t done any legal work for John Dutra for a couple of years.
3) Planning Commissioner Rakesh Sharma, who finished fourth in 2004
4) Human Relations Commissioner Raj Salwan, who’s also a veterinarian and a member of a family that owns mucho property in Hayward.
Folks who might
1) Planning Commissioner Yogi Chugh. I’m expect him to apply, but he says he needs to hear what the process is going to be.
2) Planning Commissioner Roman Reed. He says he’s considering it even though he’s only been on the commission for a few months.
3) Trisha Tahmasbi. She hasn’t responded to my text message yet, but Wieckowski said if he had a vote — and he doesn’t — He’d pick Trisha.
Folks who won’t.
1) Nina Moore. No means no, she says.
In 2004, Lorenz argued that his strong election showing merited the seat. He’s had a change of heart.
“As I reflect back, I think they made the right decision (selecting Natarajan),” he said. “It needs to be an open process, and they need to pick the best candidate.”
For more on how it went down in 2004, here’s what the Mercury News’ Lisa Fernandez wrote about it:
Until this week, you could have looked at a portrait of the Fremont City Council and never have known that the burgeoning ethnoburb of the diverse Bay Area is “home away from home” for many immigrants from India.Now, for the first time, the East Bay will have an Indo-American on a city council. Anu Natarajan will represent Fremont, a city of 210,000, including 20,000 of Indian descent.
Natarajan, 42, a Bangalore-born architect and urban planner, was appointed Tuesday night in a 3-1 council vote to fill a vacancy on the five-member council. She is the fifth female council member in Fremont, and the only current one. Continue Reading