35 applications received for 10 Elk Grove Diversity Commission openings

During the Wednesday, January 12 Elk Grove City Council meeting, Mayor Bobbie Singh Allen will have 35 applicants to consider for the 10 positions on the Elk Grove Diversity and Inclusion Commission. The applications were submitted after Singh-Allen's four city council members agreed to her request to open all 10 positions.

According to the staff report for the agenda item, there were 35 applicants for the 10 positions. All 10 commission members, regardless of their appointment date, were required to reapply.

Of the 10 current commission members, only two commissioners - Kristopher Tan and  Arjumand S. Azeemi - did not seek reappointment.

While Singh-Allen has the authority to nominate commissioners, she needs consensus from her four council members for an appointment. Last year Singh-Allen maneuvered an overhaul of the planning commission when all five members were required to reapply while opening up the applications to residents. 

Singh-Allen placed three new members on the commission, but one of her nominees, Mackenzie Weiser, who was on the planning commission, was not approved for reappointment by the city council. Commissioners George Murphey and Sergio Robles were renominated by Singh-Allen and retained.

Although not required, the city council attempts to balance representation from the city's four districts. In the current applicant pool, 

There are 15 applicants from District 4, six in District 3, 10 in District 2, and four from District 1  

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D.J. Blutarsky said...

These maneuvers sound like they are right out of the Trump playbook. Get your people in place; receive undying loyalty; and then some of them can use these political appointments as a springboard to higher office. If she doesn't win reelection, is she gonna say the election was rigged too!

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