On Tuesday night there was a roster of folks for appointment to various Boards and Commissions since a lot of terms are expiring. For some reason, Trish Spencer opted to not appoint for all the Boards and Commissions, but she did tackle some of the more obvious ones. But first let me get to one, quick weird non-appointment. The Golf Commission had three empty seats, two full terms and one partial term, here was the list:
When I first looked at this list I thought to myself, self, obviously Tony Corica is getting one of these seats.
But turns out, no. He was snubbed for some reason. Remember the Golf Course of which the Commission oversees is the Chuck Corica Municipal Golf Course. Corica.
Tony Corica did not get appointed to the Golf Commission that oversees the Chuck Corica Muncipal Golf Course. Perhaps they all have better handicaps than Tony Corica or have more knowledge about golf type stuff than Tony Corica — doubtful since he was previously on the Golf Commission — but I’m not quite sure why Tony Corica was snubbed by Trish Spencer.
However, here is the more troublesome non-appointment: Transportation Commission. There is one open seat available and a current incumbent for that seat Christopher Miley who is one of the stronger Commissioners on that Board. He comes in a close second to my favorite Commissioner Eric Schatmeier who is a complete boss on any transportation related issue. Plus I think he rides his bike everywhere and breaks the stereotype that biking as a method of transportation for younger people. Any who, Tuesday night Trish Spencer announced that she would not be appointing for the Transportation Commission that night even though she had an obvious and imminently qualified choice in hand. As part of his day job, Chris Miley oversees transportation and land use issues for a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisions.
Also, he bothered to come and speak at the City Council meeting to express his interest in serving again.
Big props to Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft who took the opportunity to speak up fro Chris Miley to point out that — unlike the vast majority of people who volunteer for these Boards and Commission — he is on the younger side, which gives a much different perspective. Plus, that he has served and done a great job and deserves to be reappointed on his merits alone.
Also, huzzah to Jim Oddie for also speaking up and attesting to the fact that Chris Miley is a strong voice on the Transportation and has done a really great job.
Plus, I’m going to point out the obvious: Chris Miley is the only Black Commissioner on the Transportation Commission. Unless Trish Spencer finds someone MORE qualified and bring MORE diversity to the Transportation Commission, I’m going to call shenanigans on this one. Anyone who has spent any time watching the Transportation Commission will know that Chris Miley has done a bang up job on that Commission and brings a point of view that is nuanced and different. To not celebrate and reward competency would mean that Chris Miley is being stripped of that role for reasons that does not include doing what the job asked of him.
I’ll point out that Jim Oddie mentioned that while he respects the prerogative of the Mayor to make appointments, it’s also the prerogative of the City Council to approve those nominations. I should start researching what happens if the Council doesn’t approve a nomination…