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Council extends application process for commission vacancies

Posted: July 10, 2014 12:37 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2014 12:37 p.m.

Faced with a small number of applicants for openings on several city commissions, Santa Clarita City Council members decided this week to extend the application process with the hope of attracting more candidate interest.

Council members had been scheduled Tuesday to vote on candidates to fill seats on the Arts Commission, Planning Commission, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission and Open Space Preservation District Financial Accountability and Audit Panel.

But relatively few people filed applications for the positions.

“We are deficient in at least one category in the number of applications we need to fill the seats, and we’re light in almost all the others,” said City Councilman Dante Acosta.

Acosta, City Councilwoman Marsha McLean and Mayor Laurene Weste were all scheduled to nominate one individual to fill one of the three seats open on each commission.

Seven people applied for a seat on the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission, while four applied for a spot on the Arts Commission.

Only three people applied to serve on the city’s Planning Commission.

For the Open Space Preservation District Financial Accountability and Audit Panel, only two applications were received.

Councilman TimBen Boydston said he thinks one reason the city may not have received many applications is because there are no term limits for commissioners — or for the council members who nominate them.

“I think many people may just throw their hands up and say, ‘Why put my name in because the deal is going to be done ahead of time?’” Boydston said.

Councilman Bob Kellar encouraged anyone interested in applying to do so.

“I think it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to serve here in Santa Clarita,” he said. “And, to the general public, I say please take a look at some of these positions.”

The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday, Aug. 15, at 5 p.m., according to city spokesman Evan Thomason.

To obtain an application, or for more information about the vacancies, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 661-255-4391 or visit

Applications can be submitted to the City Clerk’s office in City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Suite 120.

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation with their applications.
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timothymyers02: Posted: July 10, 2014 6:01 p.m.

It will be interesting to see who Dante Acosta wanted to be on the Planning Commission, but who obviously missed the deadline on there application and LOR's. Nice qualification for the Planning Commission: Failure to meet a deadline.

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