Want An Appointment To City Council?

Monday the San Leandro City Council will create a process to replace Joyce Starosciak, who is resigning her seat to move out of town. Who will step up?


San Leandro citizens will get a rare chance to seek appointment to the city council once its members create a process for .

The two-term councilwoman who lost the last mayoral election will soon move out of town and be ineligible to fill out the remainder of her term, which ends in December.

On Monday night, council members will finalize the details of the application process. The rough outlines are contained in a memo prepared by the city staff.

That outline includes an application form for those those who want to know what sort of experience and credentials will be sought.

If you're serious don't delay. Applications must be turned in by 5:00 pm, Friday, August 17.

Starosciak represents the fourth council district -- Washington Manor and vicinity. An official district map shows the boundaries.

Applicants must be registered voters and district four residents at least 30 days before the appointment takes place. So if you live elsewhere and want the spot, start packing.

The council may impose other conditions Monday night, perhaps requiring applicants to turn in a certain number of signatures of supporters.

Three candidates are running to replace Starosciak: Darlene Daevu, Chris Crow and Benny Lee.

Will they apply for the temporary appointment and will one of them be chosen?

"If the City Council appoints someone who is running for the seat, it will be a huge advantage for that person in the November 2012 election," opines Mike Katz-Lacabe, a school board member and author of the San Leandro Bytes blog. "Since 1970, only three incumbents have been defeated: Councilmember Al Nahm in 1974, Mayor John Faria in 1994, and Mayor Tony Santos in 2010."

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Cindy Colindres July 13, 2012 at 01:44 PM
It's no secret that I support Dan Dillman. This might be a good proving ground for him! Let's ask that Dan Dillman be inserted into Council Starosciak seat. I think it's a win/win situation!
Tom Abate (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Cindy, he lives in the second district so unless he wants to move . . . Any other favorites who live in Washington Manor?
Brash Brazen July 13, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Whoever it is you can be sure that their stance on medical marijuana dispensaries will be the same as those on the City Council who are the "deciders" !
Terri July 13, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Since the seat is only for 4 months, I would like to see the Council make an exception and fill the vacancy as an "at large" council member to allow them to take advantage of the experience from a former council member. Perhaps Tony Santos , Bill Stephens, Surlene Grant? To insert someone with no prior experience is simply putting a butt in a chair. Definitely, however, it should not be filled by someone who is/will be an announced candidate.
isabel polvorosa July 14, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Terri What a great idea...But it makes to much sense to be acceptable Isabel
Marga Lacabe July 14, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Terri and Isabel, unfortunately there is the small matter of the City Charter: "Section 205: QUALIFICATION OF COUNCIL MEMBERS. (b) Any person is eligible to hold office as appointed Council Member if such person is a registered voter of the City and a resident of the geographical area which constitutes the district from which such person's elected predecessor was nominated, and was a resident of such area and a registered voter of the City at the time of appointment and for a period of thirty days immediately preceding appointment."
Paul Vargas July 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I just hope that Bob Glaze doesn't think he can feather his CALPERS Pension a little more by being on the Council and ask to be appointed. That's all we need is for that self righteous blowhard to want to stick his pork fried vienna sausage fingers in the running.
Paul Vargas July 14, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Ah, I hate to rain on your parade, but I believe Bill Stephens bailed out of town once his term ended. I could be wrong, but he was thinking of selling and leaving. Such dedication to the community.
Paul Vargas July 14, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I think an even better idea would be if Isabel Polvorosa was appointed to the seat. She is eloquent, articulate, ageless and sharp witted. Please Isabel, don't deny the citizens of San Leandro your talent. Let's start a Draft Isabel campaign. =)
Paul Vargas July 15, 2012 at 05:23 PM
What about Barbara Sidari the bon vivant dionne of Washington Manor? That would be quite a competition between Barbara and Isabel, what with their movie star looks.
Tom Abate (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Good suggestions. Thanks for the comments.


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