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Santa Monica Seeks Applicants for Boards and Commissions

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By Lookout Staff

May 30, 2013 -- If you’ve pondered serving your city as a volunteer, now is the chance to apply for nearly three dozen vacancies on Santa Monica’s boards and commissions.

Applicants have until Tuesday June 18 to submit their paperwork with the City Clerk for 30 vacancies on 15 commissions that help govern everything from the airport to urban planning to social services.

The City Council is scheduled to begin making appointments on June 25, when it is expected to approve a proposed $520.9 million budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14. However it is unlikely that all of the appointments will be new faces.

The council will make one appointment each to the Planning Commission, which already has drawn 13 applicants and is considered a steppingstone to the council, and the Airport Commission, which already has six applicants.

Planning Commissioner Amy Nancy Anderson is completing a partial term that began in January 2012, while Airport Commissioner Stephen M. Mark is completing his first full term after serving a partial term.

There are two vacancies on the Architectural Review Board, which helps make sure that buildings in Santa Monica are well designed and in good taste. Chair Lynn Robb has served two full terms after serving a partial term, while Vice Chair John R. Ellis is completing his first full term after serving a partial term. The vacancy has drawn eight applicants.

The Arts Commission also has two vacancies, which have drawn nine applicants so far. Commissioner Rachel Lachowicz has served since 2001, while George Minardos is completing his first term

There also are two vacancies on the Landmarks Commission, with Nina Fresco finishing a third term after being appointed to a partial term in 2001 and John Charles Berley serving his second full term after a partial term that began in 2003. Three candidates have applied.

The Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is considered a Special Board, has two openings, with Vice Chair Ellis O'Connor and Fabian Lewkowicz completing their first terms. Seven applicants are vying for an appointment.

There also are vacancies for the Building and Fire-Life Safety Commission, the Commission for the Senior Community, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Disabilities Commission, the Housing Commission, the Library Board, the Personnel Board, the Recreation and Parks Commission and the Social Services Commission.

“The State Political Reform Act requires certain officeholders to disclose their interest and income that may be materially affected by their official action,” City officials said.

Applicants appointed will be required to file a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700) with the City Clerks Office upon assuming office, and annually thereafter, officials said.

Applications and information on Board/Commission duties & disclosure requirements are available from the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Room 102 (submit applications at this same location), by phone at (310) 458.8211 or online at

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