San Diego City Council discusses changes to policy on board, commission appointments

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego City Council is scheduled to take up proposed policy changes on port commissioners and appointments to boards and commissions at its meeting Monday.

The amendments stem from a dispute with Mayor Bob Filner over appointments to the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners that he vetoed.

Filner, who made job creation along San Diego's waterfront a centerpiece of his mayoral campaign, said nominees for the port commission should meet certain standards. He also objected to council voting procedures that resulted in the vetoed nominees.

For prospective port commissioners, the City Council will consider conditions that include familiarity with the city's port policies, plus prior experience in the maritime industry, international trade, finance or public service. Once appointed, the port commissioners would be required to provide quarterly briefings to the mayor or his designee.

San Diego has three seats on the six-member port board, and two positions remain vacant.

On voting procedures, the City Council will decide how to handle situations in which there are several candidates nominated for multiple openings on a board or commission.

The recommendation to be heard Monday calls for one pool for all vacant positions, with separate votes taken for each vacancy. Candidates with the lowest vote totals will be eliminated, and the first ones to receive majorities will get the jobs.

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