By Robert Haugh
On Monday, the City Council will interview eight candidates for the District 5 vacancy. Former Councilwoman Patty Mahan stepped down in January, citing serious medical issues creating the opening.
Eight candidates have put their names in for consideration. They will be interviewed Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
San Mateo County Transit District Procurement Administrator
NVIDIA Product Manager
Ronald McDonald House Associate Director
Acorn Computer Consulting Engineer
Keri Procunier McLain
KPM Associates CEO
A candidate will need the vote of 5 of 6 Councilmembers to be appointed, or the seat will remain vacant until the November 2020 election.
It’s an interesting list of candidates, including one person who was previously a City Councilmember. Procunier McLain served from 1992-96.
Jain has run for City Council before and applied for an appointment, too. He’s applying again, even though last month, he spoke out against having anyone appointed for this seat.
Here’s what we wrote about it on February 12:
Last night, Jain accused the Council of being racist in an angry statement. He said that he didn’t think he could get appointed even though he’s served on a lot of commissions.
But Councilmembers said Jain was “revising history,” and called him “offensive” and “shameful.”
Unfortunately for Jain, the criticism is right. We reported on the appointment vote on June 13, 2018. The Council voted for candidates in five rounds. Five times, the Council was willing to appoint candidates who were men and from minority groups, including Jain. Yup.
Maybe Jain wants to be appointed so he can turn it down.