Last night the council filled the empty space on the art commission that Alice Jacobson created by made by jumping over to the enviro commission.
The entire council voted for the belly dancer.
Jacobson's appointment has been criticized because she did not have the professional experience that other applicants offered. A related viewpoint was published in the coast news (it provides the candidate's applications).
More important than creating a panel of experts is to create a panel of citizen representatives that are very interested and willing and able to do the research and joint deliberation. We are suppose to have a staff to help provide support on technical details and we have a populace that can bring ideas to the commission. The commissions should be reflective of population to some degree. That means the board shouldn't consist of professionals from a related field.
Should the planning commission consist of 5 professional developers?
We should be looking to build commissions with people that have different perspectives, who do their homework and are there for the purpose of the commission rather than resume building.
That means the council should also be asking questions like, have you ever contributed to the commission you want to join in the past? Have you attended and spoke at one of the meetings? Can you demonstrate your interest in the subject matter? Can you demonstrate your willingness to do the homework?