Twelve people were approved to sit on city commissions at Monday’s City Council meeting, but despite the appointments — and reappointments — more than 60 vacancies remain.
Mayor Terry Tornek appointed Sam Morrissey to the Transportation Commission and reappointed Dr. Jason Lyon to the Historic Preservation Commission.
Tornek also reappointed Brandon Lamar to the Human Relations Commission.
Tornek told the Pasadena Weekly that the commissions provide a direct link between the people and city government.
“The commissions are great,” Tornek said. “When people hear their neighbors are on commissions, they talk to them about civic issues. It gets them involved because automatically neighbors feel like they can get information on what’s going on.”
All told, the city has 20 commissions and three nonprofit corporations. The commissions usually take up issues before they reach the City Council and in many cases make direct recommendations to the council.
According to the city’s website, there are about 61 remaining vacancies on various city commissions.
Members of the commissions serve at the request of council members and Mayor Tornek.
The advisory boards also can provide a training ground for the City Council. Tornek and McAustin served on the Planning Commission together before running for seats on the City Council.
The majority of Monday’s appointments were made by Councilman Tyron Hampton in District 1.
Hampton appointed Susan Falcon to the city’s Environmental Advisory Commission, Carrie Chasteen-Elfarra was appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission and Emina Darakjy was appointed to the Pasadena Center Operating Co. board of directors.
Hampton also appointed Carol Potter to the Historic Preservation Commission and Ann Marie Hickambotton to the Community Access Corp. board of directors.
In District 3, Councilman John Kennedy reappointed Archie Purvis to the Pasadena Center Operating Co. board.
In District 4, Councilman Gene Masuda reappointed Emmell Beech and Nassir Rasheed to the Human Relations Commission.
Masuda also appointed Donald C. Nanney to the Planning Commission.
District 6 Councilman Steve Madison reappointed Jack Huang to the Old Pasadena Parking Meter Zone Advisory Commission.
Finally, District 7 Councilman Andy Wilson appointed Peter J. Boyle to the Fire and Police Retirement board. Wilson also appointed Kimberly Douglas to the Northwest Commission, Joseph Ruedaflores was appointed to the Human Relations Commission.