Tomorrow night’s council agenda features matters put over from the previous meetings, and expected items that aren’t listed.
It was anticipated the selection of a permanent city attorney and a full report on Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s Homeless Policy Task Force would be on the agenda, but are not.
The council will grapple once again with the matter of selecting a new Mayor Pro Tem (MPT), as reported last week. At the December 19 council meeting, Mayor Tom Tait’s attempt to appoint Moreno to the post fell one vote shy, and Councilmember Lucille Kring’s motion to give Mayor Pro Tem James Vanderbilt another year in the post was continued at Vanderbilt’s request.
Prior to the actual MPT vote, the council will take up two items requested by Vanderbilt. First, adoption of a council policy to prohibit councilmembers from serving successive terms as Mayor Pro Tem. Rotation of the position has not been the norm on the Anaheim City Council, and Vanderbilt seeks to institutionalize rotation of the post among councilmembers.
The next item calls for the council to “discuss and provide staff direction regarding a potential policy regarding the use of the Mayor Pro Tem title.” Vanderbilt would like the council to establish a formal policy against using the Mayor Pro Tem title for political purposes, such as for a ballot title.
This should make for an interesting discussion because it’s the political uses that make the Mayor Pro Tem a coveted post – especially for use as a ballot title.
Both Vanderbilt and Moreno are up for re-election this year. Given his push for a prohibition on councilmembers serving consecutive terms as Mayor Pro Tem, it seems unlikely Vanderbilt would consent to serving another year in the position. Moreno will likely have an intense re-election fight, and running as Mayor Pro Tem Moreno would be helpful to his candidacy.
The other two councilmembers who have not served as Mayor Pro Tem are District 1 Councilwoman Denise Barnes and District 5 Councilman Steve Faessel.
No Cel Phones On The Dais
Also on the agenda is a “clarification” requested by Councilmember Barnes, which specifies that only city-issued electronic devices may be used at the dais for accessing agenda materials. Personal devices can still be used “in the event of an urgent family matter.”
Interim City Manager Evaluation
On the close session agenda is a performance evaluation of Interim City Manager Linda Andal – most likely a routine review of her performance since being named to the job several months ago after the Tait-Moreno council majority forced out City Manager Paul Emery.
Tomorrow night’s meeting might be a good opportunity to provide the public with an update on how the recruitment of candidates for the permanent city manager position is proceeding.