Meet Your Local City Council Candidates

Here's a look at who's running for office in Pacifica for 2012.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Pacifica Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town.

For starters, we'll be giving you a closer look at the candidates who have filed to run for Pacifica City Council. Seven candidates have filed to run for three seats currently held by Mayor Pete DeJarnatt and councilmembers Ginny Jaquith and Mary Ann Nihart, who has filed to run again.

Other City Council candidates include Victor Spano, Mike O'Neill, Richard Campbell, Gary Mondfrans, Karen Ervin, and Susan Vellone. 

We'll have profiles on all seven candidates, starting today with Victor Spano, Mike O'Neill and Karen Ervin.

Pacifica is faced with what seems to be one of the most important City Council elections in city history. With the city in a fiscal bind, many candidates hope to turn the city away from heading toward bankruptcy. But you be the judge. Who can get the job done? Your vote counts.

In the weeks to come, look for profiles on local candidates so you can get to know them and their campaigns and make an informed decision when it's time to vote in November.


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Lionel Emde September 04, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I'm glad Patch is paying attention. I'd like to see these questions asked of candidates: What is your knowledge of the Brown Act and how committed are you to enforcing its provisions? Second question: It appears that the Pacifica city council may have violated the Brown Act in meeting in closed session with a consultant - If the city attorney told you, as a council person, that this was legal, what would your reaction be?
Pacificat September 04, 2012 at 03:36 AM
If the city attorney told me, as a council person, that some action was legal, I would proceed on that advice. That's why you have an attorney. If you're not going to take your attorney's advice, you should get another attorney who will tell you what you want to hear. If you have an attorney and you don't take his/her advice, you're a fool.
hutch September 04, 2012 at 03:07 PM
It's not always so cut and dry Pacificat. Attorneys give advice on how THEY interpret the law. Many times a city attorney may lay out different options and scenarios. Such as "we should be able to claim attorney privilege since I requested the outsourcing report" It is still up to council to weigh the facts and make a decision.
Lionel Emde September 05, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Councilmembers are supposed to have an understanding of both the Brown Act and the Public Records Act. When the city attorney dreams up a new legal theory to conceal an obviously public document, the councilmembers should question and challenge this novel interpretation, especially when it runs counter to their understanding of long-established law. Not one of them spoke up when I challenged the legality of having a consultant and/or a public policy document such as the consultant's report being concealed in closed session, and I was at that meeting to speak before the closed session began. The two proposals for outsourcing costs have been posted on FixPacifica.com, but to my knowledge, the consultant's report is STILL being concealed. Patch should go after it, and report back to us.


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