Oxnard Council Appoints Gabe Teran as District 2 Interim Council Member

By George Miller

The Oxnard City Council held a long special meeting focused only on appointing an interim District 2 Council Member, finally selecting Fremont South Neighborhood Council Chair Gabe Teran. After initially indicating  a preference for 5 different candidates, the six on the council narrowed it down with some legal guidance from City Attorney Fischer. In the final vote, two Council Members switched to Teran to break a deadlock.

Gabe Teran was appointed Oxnard District 2 Interim Council Member

The Council had previously decided to do an interim appointment, set a special election, taken appointment applications and received 13. You can read about that in previous Citizens Journal articles.

Agenda Package

Meeting VIDEO

Applicants:

Barbarine, Lawrence Application
Beranich, Justin Application
Chavez, Pedro Application
Dozier, Orlando Application
Hartley, Tai Application
Nanez, Lizanne Application
Petris, Enrique Application
Solis, Veronica Application
Stewart, Vincent Application
Taccone, Christopher Application
Teran, Gabriel Application
Torres, Ricardo Application
Velasquez, Alfred Application

Reading the applications and listening to the presentations revealed a deep bench of quality candidates.

Each candidate was allowed 10 minutes to make a presentation on their candidacy.

Public comments shaped ended up to be a contest between council-favored candidate Gabe Teran and everyone else. The presentations and public comments went on for hours, so watch the video if interested.

Armando Delgado brought an endorsement of 1800 union carpenters for Gabe Teran.

Ramon Mendoza pointed out that candidates like Ricardo Torres really didn’t have a chance.

There was some public sentiment that “the skids were greased” for Teran’s appointment. If so, he did a masterful job.

Alicia Percell described Gabe Teran as a yes man, who repeats council positions, his videos are not independently generated thought, they are carbon copies of Council views. Appoint someone not a personal friend of City Mgr. Wasting time of other applicants. Council wants someone who won’t rock the boat. He had a Brown Act violation, so I guess he’ll fit right in with the status quo.

 

 So Lopez votes for Gabe, in the end, not Solis, whom she nominated. Kabuki Theatre to make it seem like a fair process. So transparent this charade. More to be sickened about from our esteemed CC. Surprised? No. Predictable result, of course. Another yes man to make more 7-0 votes. – Douglas Partello on  Facebook   

Council Candidate Preferences (Each to choose top 2 choices)
MacDonald- Each candidate brings something to the table. Wants Gabe Teran or , er …..
Perello- To candidates not selected, they should serve on CAGs. Very impressed by first candidates Nanez and Torres.
Madrigal- Veronica Robles Solis and Ricardo Torres
Basua- Veronica Solis and Ricardo Torres
Lopez- Veronica Solis and Gabe Teran
Zaragoza- Gabriel Teran and Chavez

Council Follow-up Questions to 
Gabe Teran, Ricardo Torres, Lizanne Nanez, Veronica Robles Solis, Pedro Chavez
Perello- What about your endorsement going against Council on Planning Commission candidate Yipe? Teran response- may not always go along with Council, need to go with  my information.
Zaragoza: What about balancing citywide issues vs District 2 needs? Teran; Take wholistic view on everything we do. Used parking as an example issue affecting District 2 but also the whole city, but it may require modifications.
Basua- To Robles: How does your time at District office qualify you? Robles- very difficult budget decisions, connected with many families in Oxnard School District. Policy/goal setting.
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Madrigal- for all candidates- What is your favorite thing about the city of Oxnard?
Chavez- People, diversity, fusion
Solis- Community members
Nunez- Old Dairy Queen, go to beach, ride bike, The Collection. Need to improve roadways
Torres- Lion Park- childhood memories
Teran- Related or know so may people who are related, grew up in St. John’s neighborhood

Perell- District 2 is largest district due to Riverpark expansion since the last census. How get a square deal for people who are not native to Oxnard?
Nunez- I’m native, raised in Dist 4, 5,6, heavily involved in community. I have home-grown advantage, see it end to end.
Torres- Live in Pt. Hueneme briefly- otherwise in Oxnard. Important to connect to residents, connect them to Oxnard.
Solis- Need to include new communities: Wagon Wheel, Sr. residential home with Oxnard.
Teran- All residents are constituents, regardless of neighborhood. Anything I do would be inclusive of all neighborhoods.
Chavez- Tremendous growth brought all kinds of people. Many new people haven’t even been downtown. Want harmony, transparency, share rich history of Oxnard.We lost the Camarillo outlets when we had the chance.

Nominations:
MacDonald- Teran
Perello- Torres
Madrigal- Solis
Basua- Solis
Lopez- Solis
Zaragoza- Teran

Vote:
MacDonald-  Teran
Perello- Torres
Madrigal- Solis
Basua- Solis
Lopez- Solis
Zaragoza- Teran

No majority

Making up rules as they go along. Perello- who runs election- Mayor or City Atty.? Atty Stephen Fischer- Just reading Roberts Rules of Order

Vote:
MacDonald-  Teran
Perello- Torres
Madrigal- Solis
Basua- Solis
Lopez- Solis
Zaragoza- Teran

No change

Fischer- you can entertain a motion to suspend rules, requires 2/3 vote. Can eliminate no votes and fewest votes. 5-1, Madrigal dissenting.

Vote:
MacDonald-  Teran
Perello- Switched to Teran
Madrigal- Solis
Basua- Solis
Lopez- Switched to Teran
Zaragoza- Teran

Motion to appoint Teran until special election and set November special election.Unanimously approved.


Motion to fund $100,000 to pay for special election (will mostly go the county)- Unanimously approved.



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George Miller is Publisher/Co-Founder of CitizensJournal.us and a “retired” operations management consultant residing in Oxnard.

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