Discussion of hiring the Commission's chief of staff; possible action in establishing interview subcommittee.
The City Charter requires that the Commission employ a chief of staff, who shall serve at the Commission's pleasure, exempt from Civil Service, and shall contract for needed staff, technical consultants and services, using existing City resources to the extent possible. Aye votes by five members of the Commission are required for the appointment of its chief of staff.
Bonnie Stone briefed the Commission on what has been accomplished, where the Chief of Staff job opening was advertised and the number of applications received to date. She requested that the final day for applications be extended to January 16, since January 15 is a holiday. She expressed appreciation to Glenn Encarnacion and Toni Peace of the City's Personnel Department for their assistance.
Commissioner Ulloa requested that the applications be made available to the Commission as soon as possible for review.
Commissioner ODell requested that a notice of appreciation be sent to the City's Personnel Department for all their help.
City Attorney Lisa Foster suggested that the Commission notice a closed session meeting to discuss the hiring of a chief of staff.
Chairman Pesqueira requested that the Commissioners bring their calendars to the next meeting for planning purposes.
Commissioner Saito expressed his concern about creating maps without the public's input and requested a meeting out in the public before drawing up the maps.
Commissioner Johnson stated that he received a letter requesting a public meeting. Chairman Pesqueira requested that Bonnie Stone be made aware of any such letters.
Commissioner Magaña suggested a Website that would allow input from the public. Chairman Pesqueira responded that it may be cost prohibitive.
Commissioner Johnson requested that planning groups, town councils, and the general public be informed of Commission meetings through their council districts as well as other sources.
Bonnie Stone requested on behalf of the Clerk's Office that because the nominating period for the 2002 elections in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 opens in early November, 2001, the target date to finish redistricting should be mid-September.
REDISTRICTING COMMISSION ACTION (Tape location: B174-C100.)