April 2, 2007

Stephens' Nominations for City Boards and Commissions

District 5 Councilmember Bill Stephens put forward his nominations for city boards and commissions at the April 2, 2007, City Council meeting. These appointed positions allow Councilmembers to extend their influence and repay campaign donors and supporters. Stephens was unopposed for re-election in November 2006 and he is making few changes to his appointees.

Neal Pearson was re-nominated to serve as the District 5 Member of the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA). Pearson has served on the BZA since May 2004. Pearson has his own dental practice in San Leandro.

Sabrina Almazan was re-nominated as the District 5 Member of the Human Services Commission. Almazan has served since December 2005, is the owner of Aloha Pet Services, and serves as an Ambassador for the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce.

Denise Bownds Kaplan was re-nominated as the District 5 Member of the Library-Historical Commission. Kaplan has served on the Commission since May 1995 and is also president of the Political Action Committee for Excellence (P.A.C.E.). Kaplan also pens a column for the San Leandro Times.

Heidi B. Finberg was nominated to replace James R. Wohltmann as the District 5 Member of the Planning Commission. Wohltmann had served on the Commission since April 2005. Finberg is the former CEO of the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and a member of P.A.C.E. and the Sentinels. Finberg was recently hired as the Assistant Director of the Chabot College Foundation.

Peggy Combs was nominated to replace Finberg as the District 5 Member of the Recreation and Parks Commission. Finberg had served on the Commission since December 2005 and is moving to the Planning Commission. Combs is the Director of Development & Operations for Building Futures with Women and Children and is also a member of the San Leandro Community Action Network.

Elinor “Pat” Free was renominated as the District 5 Member of the Senior Commission. Free has served on the Commission since February 2002.

These nominations were unanimously approved by the City Council at its April 2, 2007, meeting and the appointments will be on the April 16, 2007, City Council agenda.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at April 2, 2007 1:07 PM | TrackBack
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