Fourth town council seat results due

first_img Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – An announcement is due today naming the winner of the fourth seat in a tight Agua Dulce Town Council race. Nine provisional ballots cast Nov. 8 by residents whose names did not appear on a list of local registered voters have been reviewed and will be counted this afternoon, said Diane Terito, who is finishing her term on the council. A total of 557 ballots were cast – the nine in question, the 522 dropped off at the polls and 26 that were mailed in. Former council member Ze Gonzales was the top vote-getter with 323, local vintner Don MacAdam won 306 votes and longtime resident Peg Spry got 297. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Gonzales had resigned from the board in July after a judge ruled the panel fell under the restrictions of the state’s open-meeting laws. Council members, who have no policymaking powers but advise Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on local issues, argued they didn’t have the funding or a staff to ensure official records of meetings were kept. Mary Johnson, Lorene Cangiano and Patrick Green ran neck and neck and were awaiting the results of the provisional ballot count. Town leaders refused to say how many votes separated the three. Cangiano and Johnson were plaintiffs in the lawsuit that demanded the council abide by the state Brown Act, requiring public boards hold open meetings and keep official minutes. Green is former president of Concerned Citizens of Agua Dulce, a group battling plans to expand the small Agua Dulce Air Park, the issue that has split the town and led to the Brown Act lawsuit. County officials vowed to be sensitive to residents’ concerns in reviewing the air park plans, which go before the county Regional Planning Commission on Tuesday. The commission is expected to re-open a public hearing of the proposed zoning change and conditions set for expansion of the rural airport. A commission vote is expected Dec. 14. last_img

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