February 4, 2009

Prola Appoints His New Commissioners

At the San Leandro City Council meeting held on Monday, February 2, 2009, Councilmember Jim Prola's commission and board nominations were approved by the City Council.

René Mendieta was nominated to the Board of Zoning Adjustments and will replace Amanda Goldt, who resigned in June 2008 after serving for nearly seven years. Mendieta is a real estate agent and Vice President of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has been active in Democracy for America and has a BA in Chicano Studies from UC Berkeley.

Carmen Fewless was re-nominated to the Human Services Commission, where she has served since June 2005. Fewless was one of 12 applicants for the District 6 City Council seat in February 2007 for which Prola was appointed. Fewless works at the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and has an MS in Water Resources Planning and Management from CSU East Bay.

Library-Historical Commission member Carole Rinaldi was re-nominated to the Library-Historical Commission, where she has served since March 2005. Rinaldi is active in the San Leandro Chamber of Commerce and previously served as President of the Marina Faire Homeowners Association.

Esther Collier was re-nominated to the Planning Commission, where she has served since March 2001. Collier is the owner of Holcomb's Home Repair. Like Fewless, Collier was one of the 12 applicants for the District 6 City Council seat in February 2007. Collier served on the San Leandro School Board from 1992 to 2004 after unsuccessful runs in 1984 and 1988. Collier also made an unsuccessful run for Alameda County School Board in 2006. In 2004, she received a Council Leadership Award from then Councilmember Tony Santos for her activism in the community and schools.

Prola nominated Robert Fox to replace Luster Knight on the Recreation and Parks Commission. Knight, who lost his battle with cancer in October 2008, had served on the commission since August 1998. Fox was a strong backer of the Downtown Farmers Market is active in the Green Party and Congregations Organizing for Renewal.

Bella Comelo was nominated to the Senior Commission, where she will replace Betty Bailey. Bailey had served on the commission since 2002. Comelo was active in the campaign to get a living wage ordinance passed in San Leandro. Comelo served on the Board of Directors for the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice and the board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. Comelo also wrote a children's book entitled, "Raju and the Snake Charmer."

The agenda of the next City Council meeting will include the formal appointments to the commissions and boards and it is likely that all will be approved.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at February 4, 2009 1:21 AM | TrackBack
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