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Redwood City to Fill Council Vacancy by Appointment

Redwood City, CA - December 14 , 2004 - At its meeting last night, the City Council of Redwood City determined the process to be used to fill the seat vacated by Ira Ruskin when he was elected last month to the State Assembly. The Council will accept letters of intent from members of the community interested in serving, hear presentations by the applicants, and make an appointment by the end of January. The appointee will serve on the Council until the November 2005 general election, at which time the seat will be open for special election to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.

In coming to this decision, the Council studied how Redwood City and other peninsula cities have filled such vacancies in the past, and looked at the City’s own charter which provides that any vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the remaining Council members.

Letters of intent from members of the community should be no more than two pages in length. It’s suggested that the letters include the applicant’s reasons for desiring to serve on the Council, and an outline of the applicant’s view of the challenges and issues which may be facing Redwood City in the coming years. The letter may be accompanied by a separate personal/professional biography.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a United States citizen, and must have lived within incorporated Redwood City for at least 30 days. The California Fair Political Practices Commission requires Council members, including appointees, to file financial disclosure statements, which become part of the public record. More information is available from the Office of the City Clerk at 780-7220. Applicants will also receive more information upon receipt of their letters of intent.

The Council will accept letters of intent postmarked no later than January 3rd, 2005 which should be sent to the Redwood City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063. Emails will be accepted. It’s anticipated that the candidates’ presentations to the Council will take place during the Council’s January 24th meeting. The appointment is expected to be made by January 31st.

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Patricia Howe
City Clerk

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