Interim City Manager Appointed to Council

City Council meeting appointed Don Penman

By Lori Denman

The city council meeting for Monday, August 27 was minimal and discussed the importance of hiring an interim city manager, as on Aug. 24 Dan Paranick has moved on. And… is a two-hour parking limit being imposed at Surfer’s Point?

The city is in the process of recruiting a permanent city manager. In the meantime, the one formal item of the evening was to appoint an interim. The item was described as, “Adoption of a Resolution Appointing an Interim City Manager and Approval of an Employment Agreement for an Interim City Manager.”

Taking his place would be Don Penman. Council considered several candidates and tonight there was a recommendation to assign Penman. He has experience as a retired city manager of Arcadia, said Deputy Mayor LaVere. Councilmember Mike Tracy asked about the meeting that conducted the discussion with Penman. Tracy said that as he recalls it was a “committee of two and how it became a committee of three.” LaVere said that Heitman asked to attend the lunch meeting. Tracy said that if the council commits a two person committee, that it should stay as two person and not become three. Tracy mentioned his disappointment in the matter.

Surfer upset about two-hour limit at Surfer’s Point

There were two public communications. One said that he is upset about the two-hour parking limit at Surfer’s Point. He said that the surfers “run out their drug idiots” and that “they clean up the beach more than anyone.” He said the city has done a lot to clean up. But he also sees alleyways that need to be cleaned up. He said that he and other surfers do not agree with the two-hour limit (surfers surf for about four hour sessions) and they will be speaking up against this limit.

There were no city council communications and they adjourned to closed session.

Lori Denman has been a professional journalist since 1996. She has worked as associate editor for the Los Angeles Daily News TODAY Magazines and has freelanced for LA Weekly, Surfline.com and more. She is now the Ventura reporter for Citizens Journal.


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