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Petaluma council to fill three vacancies Monday

  • (PD FILE, 2013)

Petaluma City Council members are set Monday to fill vacancies on three subcommittees with community volunteers and elect several teenagers to an advisory commission.

The adult appointments, one each to the Planning Commission, Senior Advisory Committee and Youth Commission, don't look to be controversial.

In years past, appointments to the planning commission have been used to bolster City Council members' influence over the way the city is run, deepening divisions between political factions on the council.

All three planning commission applicants — Daryl Johnson, Houston Porter and David Powers — applied for openings on the board in June, when the council appointed four new commissioners.

The current vacancy, created when newly-appointed commissioner JT Wick took Sonoma County's top planning job last month, expires June 30, 2016.

Johnson, 54, is a construction and design adviser for the Petaluma Health Center. He is a lifelong Petaluma resident, a member of the local Elks Lodge and the Petaluma Area Pilots Association.

He has received awards for his work on real estate projects and for the Theatre District project in Petaluma in 2006.

“I am very interested in the future of Petaluma's sustainability and building aesthetics,” he said in his application.

Johnaon said he supports infill development, higher densities and mass-transit friendly housing and commercial development called for in the city's general plan.

Porter, 43, who has lived in Petaluma off and on for 20 years, manages his family's rental properties in town and is awaiting the results of his bar exam to pursue a career in law.

He was appointed to a position on the city's youth commission this summer, served on the Cinnabar Theater board from 2009 to 2012 and has volunteered for several nonprofit groups in Sonoma and Marin County. He said he has managed staffs of 75 or more employees and 300 or more volunteers.

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