In my story on the Salwan appointment in Wednesday’s print edition of The Argus:
Raj Salwan’s appointment to the Fremont City Council gives the five-member panel an Asian majority for the first time in the city’s nearly 57-year history.
Secondly, Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan — who cast the lone dissenting vote in the 3-1 margin that sent Salwan onto the council — said she was caught off-guard Monday because the system the council used to rank candidates was slightly different from that of past appointments. In previous meetings, Natarajan said, council members ranked each of the competing candidates, from top to bottom. On Monday, Harrison proposed that they rank only their top three choices, leaving the others unranked.
“I was surprised that the ranking system got changed at the last minute,” Natarajan said. “The outcome may not have been different, but I was a little disappointed it was handled that way.”
Harrison defended his ranking system, saying he thought “long and hard about” it and didn’t intend to surprise his fellow council members. He added that he received no pushback during the meeting about it.
“Yes, this system was a little different,” he said. “At the end of the day, it still takes a motion, a second and a vote to get the appointment.”
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