Six may apply for City Council seat
Publication Date: Wednesday Jan 1, 1997

CITY COUNCIL: Six may apply for City Council seat

Human Relations Commissioner among those who get application for Simitian's seat

Six Palo Altans have now taken out applications to fill the City Council seat of Joe Simitian, who is departing for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

The two new names are Human Relations Commission member Litsie Indergand and Palo Alto resident Grant Andersen.

The other four interested applicants are Planning Commissioners Victor Ojakian and Sandy Eakins, transit and environmental activist Dena Mossar, and Andy Freedman, who has been active in animal rights issues and ran unsuccessfully for council last year.

Applications will be accepted by the city clerk on Jan. 7, 8 and 9. The new council member will be appointed and sworn in on Jan. 21.

"I got the application," Indergand said. "I'm giving it serious consideration."

Indergand is a south Palo Alto resident and former president of the Walnut Grove Homeowners' Association. "(That's) one of the reasons a number of people have urged me to run for council," she said. "(Mayor) Lanie Wheeler is the only representative of south Palo Alto."

Indergand, who said she is "over 60," is a native of Vienna, Austria, who has lived in California since she was 12. She is treasurer of the Northern California chapter of the United Nations Association and was once on the board of the Urban Ministry. She remains active in helping the homeless and underprivileged.

"I like what Joe Simitian said, that the Human Relations Commission is the conscience of our city," she said. "I would like wherever I serve to be part of the city's conscience."

Simitian, who leaves three years on his council term, officially takes office as supervisor Jan. 6. His replacement will serve only until the end of 1997, however. The voters will get a chance to re-elect the council appointee or select someone else during a general election in November. Five other council seats will also be up for election in the fall.

--Peter Gauvin 

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