By SEAN BATURA
San Marcos City Councilmembers were under fire from citizens Tuesday night as the city’s governing body sprints to approve a development agreement for Paso Robles and select a new city manager before a Nov. 2 election that could seat four new members to the seven-member council.
Added to the mix Tuesday night was discontent voiced during the citizens comments period about a plan to select new members of boards and commissions on Nov. 1, the day before the election. Some citizens said the council should wait and let the next council make the appointments. Only Councilmembers Gaylord Bose and John Thomaides supported waiting until after the election before making appointments.
Since city elections moved to November in 2005, the council has made appointments to boards and commission in November or December, after Election Day. Narvaiz argued that the proposed schedule is in line with past practice because, in previous cases, the appointments were made before the elections were canvassed. The canvassing of the vote, in which the city council declares an election official, typically takes place within a couple weeks of the election.
Following is a transcript of the ensuing exchange among councilmembers: