By Sheryl Hamlin
Waiting patiently until the end of a three hour Santa Paula City Council Meeting, Caitlin Barringer was appointed to the Measure T Commission on March 18, 2020.
City Manager Singer reported that the Measure T Commission had been vacant for months. With one member leaving the city, there was an opening, but for a member representing the seniors. The Measure T Commission had been conceptualized by addressing all strata of the population. March 30th is the kick-off meeting for this budget cycle, so the timeline is tight, particularly for a designated senior.
The council may appoint Ms. Barringer with the proviso that the guidelines for filling vacancies on this commission could be extended to at-large positions when unable to fill a slot.
The remaining term is only one year for the outgoing vacancy.
Mayor Araiza said he would defer to Council Members Crosswhite and Garman who were on council when the Measure T Commission was established initially.
Ms. Barringer said she is in the Ventura County Leadership Academy and recently graduated with a Masters in Public Administration. She has wanted to get into the “next generation of leadership” having stated that her family had been in the county for decades.
Council Member Crosswhite asked about budgets, to which Ms. Barringer said that she runs a non-profit and has an MPA. Council Member Sobel asked about the Brown Act, to which she responded that she will be learning. Council Juarez asked about the function of the committee. She indicated that she had an understanding of police, youth and roads.
It was moved, seconded and approved to appoint Ms. Barringer and modify the definition of the Measure T Commission.
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