You guessed it…the T.O. City Council unanimously voted to make the right-to-vote iniative an ordinance, according to a story in the 7-11 VC Star. The council had the choice of putting it on the November ballot and letting the voters decide on the iniative, or adopting it as law. The initiative, written by T.O. Planning Commissioner Mic Farris, specifies that vacancies on the T.O. City Council will be filled by election, instead of appointment. If the next election is more than 114 days away, the City Council can appointment someone to serve until the election.
Mic Farris started gathering signatures on this initiative after Joel Price was appointed the the T.O. City Council to serve the rest of Dennis Gillette’s almost 3-year term, after he resigned in March due to ill health.
The question is…why did it take an intiative with over 10,000 signatures, to get the majority of the Thousand Oaks City Council to do the right thing, and leave the choice of new council members up to voters? Very troubling…..
To read the story by Teresa Rochester, go to: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/jul/10/to-to-fill-future-council-vacancies-with/