Sixteen people have applied to fill the seat of former East Palo Alto Vice Mayor David Woods, who resigned from the City Council in October, halfway through his term.
The applicants include former East Palo Alto City Council members, committee and commission members, attorneys and volunteers and staff of local nonprofits. They will be interviewed Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6:45 p.m. during an open session of the council, Deputy City Clerk Nora Pimental said.
She said that the hope is to have a replacement for Woods selected by the end of the meeting. California law states that the council must find a replacement for a resigned council member within 60 days and that the method of choosing a replacement is up to the council.
With Woods' resignation on Oct. 17, the council has faced a pretty stiff deadline, Pimental said. The appointed council member will serve until a new member is elected through the November 2014 election.
During a special meeting of the council last month, some residents complained that it was inappropriate for council members to make the appointment, as they could select a person who shares their own views. Pimental said the alternative would have been a stand-alone special election, which would have cost $120,000.
City staff will meet today with newly appointed Mayor Laura Martinez and newly appointed Vice Mayor Lisa Gauthier to work out the details of Thursday's appointment process.
The applicants are:
A Peter Evans