Update: Applications Roll in for Open City Council Seat

Thirteen applications have come in so far, including two planning commissioners. Whom would you like to see fill Kevin Mullin's seat?

As of Thursday afternoon, the city of South San Francisco had received 13applications for appointment to the open City Council seat. Interested individuals have until Dec. 13 to apply.

The current applicants are:

  • John Prouty, South San Francisco Planning Commissioner
  • Mark Nagales, South San Francisco Parks & Recreation Commissioner
  • Rhonda Ceccato, director of a local non-profit and member of the San Mateo County Board of Education
  • Pradeep Gupta, South San Francisco Planning Commissioner
  • John Poletti, sales agent at Poletti Realty in South San Francisco
  • Rick Ochsenhirt, South San Francisco Planning Commissioner
  • Naksin Shah
  • Arnel Junio
  • Carlos Martin, South San Francisco Planning Commissioner
  • Katherine Mac Kay Nelson
  • William Lock
  • Michael Lew
  • Alan Wong

Former City Councilmember Kevin Mullin recently vacated his seat after being elected to the State Assembly in the general election. Mullin's term would have ended in Nov. 2015.

The current council can either appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of the term; appoint an interim replacement to fill the seat until the next election; or leave the position vacant and immediately call for a special election. Though the city is currently accepting applications, council still has not decided whether to appoint or hold a special election.

Below is the city's formal solicitation for applications, which are due Dec. 13:

The City Council of the City of South San Francisco is soliciting interest in the elected office of City Councilmember. At present, the City Council has not made a determination as to whether it will appoint a representative and/or call a special election to fill the position.

Pursuant to the South San Francisco Municipal Code, a person must be 18 years of age and a registered voter of the City of South San Francisco at the time of appointment.

If interested in potential appointment, please submit your application and qualifications to the Office of the City Clerk, 400 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco, by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Applications are available by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 650-877-8518 or by download here. Applications may be submitted in any of the following ways:
1) in person at the City Clerk’s Office;
2) by U.S. Mail to Krista Martinelli, Office of the City Clerk, City of South San Francisco, P.O. Box 711, South San Francisco, CA 94080;
3. by facsimile to (650) 829-6641; or
4) by e-mail to krista.martinelli@ssf.net.

The City Clerk’s Office will confirm receipt of all applications upon arrival in the Office. Please note: postmarks will not be counted as satisfaction of the deadline.

At its Regular Meeting of December 12, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Services Building located at 33 Arroyo Drive in South San Francisco, the City Council will hear an update on the status of applications for appointment to the vacant City Council seat. At that meeting, the City Council may schedule a meeting or meetings to consider and interview applicants for appointment and/or set a special election. If the Council decides to consider applicants for appointment, it is expected that the Special Meeting(s) for interview would take place during the week of December 16, 2012.

Correction: A previous version of this story stated that the application deadline was Dec. 16, when it is actually Dec. 13.

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Mark Nagales December 13, 2012 at 08:12 AM
My name is Mark Nagales and I also submitted an application to the open council seat. I have been a resident for South San Francisco for 27 years, attending Los Cerritos Elementary School, Alta Loma Middle School, and South San Francisco High School. Currently, I work as a Congressional Aide to Congresswoman Jackie Speier, where I handle issues regarding Veterans, Social Security, Education, and Medicare. Previously, I worked for Assemblymember Gene Mullin as his Senior Field Representative. I was the lead staffer on Housing and Transportation issues. Finally, I worked as an aide to then Assemblymember Fran Pavley. I am also a South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commissioner, currently serving as the Vice-Chair. I'm very proud that as a commission, we have kept fees for recreational activities relatively low for families, seniors, and children. We have also remodeled several parks including Westborough Park and the children's playground at Orange Park. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for the North Peninsula Neighborhood Services Center. As a board member, I see firsthand the needs of individuals who are less fortunate. It also allowed me to work on issues that directly affect residents of South San Francisco. I look forward to this very exciting opportunity.
Pradeep Gupta December 15, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Hello, I am Pradeep Gupta, one of the candidates for the open seat on South San Francisco City Council. I have been serving as a Planning Commissioner since 2009, including one year (2010-11) as its chairman. I migrated to USA in 1964 to pursue post graduate studies at Purdue University where I received a PhD in electrical engineering. I have been a resident of California since 1970, and my wife, Kumkum, and I got married in the same year. We have two lovely kids and three cute grand kids. We have been residents of South San Francisco since 1998, after living in Palo Alto, San Jose, Saratoga, and Orinda. We love the city for its unique community feeling, cultural diversity and its proximity to all the places we visit often. My professional experience spans over eight years at an electric utility, eleven years at Electric Power Research Institure and ten years as a consultant to utility industry on the issues of designing energy efficiency programs and making long term investment decisions. My goal as a City Council member would be to improve citizen’s safety, welfare and quality of life in both short term and long term, while enhancing communications with all residents in shaping my policy decisions.
Alana Gomez December 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Great! and thank you for sharing. I think the recent publicity regarding plans for the downtown have brought the cream to the top! We need and thank you Mark Nagales, my kids went to our neighborhood school, Los Cerritos too, A native son is nice to see. You didn't leave and stayed because this is a nice place to live but we have to watch what businesses we attract.
Nak shah December 23, 2012 at 02:36 AM
I am Nak Shah and I ran as Us senator against power house Diane Feinstein . I have similar leadership qualifications as the outgoing past mayor of SSF Kevin mullin since this is a public elected office being vacated it perfectly makes sense that the city council appoint some one to similar background of the person vacating this seat thus it makes perfect sense for the city to appoint me to this seat since the voters of SSF elected this official the fact is none of the other 12 candidates have similar background as KEvin mullin whose seat we all are seeking thus my background meets exactly what the Ssf voters want from this city council position being vacated after all all ssf voters will be voting for this office in the next election from a fairness point of view the council should appoint a person with similar background that Kevin mullin had since people elected him as Ssf Citycouncil in the last election and we have to respect the voters voice and choice thus I am the perfect fit for this city council position since my background is similar to the person leaving office to Persue another office.
thomas December 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
nak shah should be a no brainer choice all ssf residents agree


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