The Process in 2006 for the Redlands Council Vacancy That Resulted in The Appointment of Pete Aguilar

The City of Redlands is appointing a new Council Member on January 20, 2015.  I am one of the candidates.

In 2006, when Susan Peppler resigned, the Council had a similar appointment process.  I remember being in the audience as Assistant City Attorney, and that there were multiple ballots that resulted in Pete Aguilar being chosen to serve the remainder of Susan Peppler’s term.   Here are the minutes of the Redlands City Council meeting of April 18, 2006:

CITY COUNCIL VACANCY

A vacancy exists on the City Council due to the resignation of Councilmember Susan Peppler. At the meeting of April 4, 2006, the City Council voted to fill the vacancy through an appointment process on or before May 4, 2006. On April 5, 2006, the City issued a Notice of Intention to fill the vacancy on the City Council by appointment. Interested applicants were invited to submit applications to the Office of the City Clerk by 5:00 P.M. on April 14, 2006. Eleven (11) applications were received from: Peter R. Aguilar, George D. Bartch, Roy S. Cencirulo, Eric Robert Fraser, James G. (Jim) Macdonald, Dennis John Mullenix II, Reyes L. Quezada, Brian Roche, Mark Stanson, Eddie Tejeda and William E. (Bill) Turnpaugh. Voter registration has been confirmed for each applicant. Mayor Harrison explained the process to the applicants and audience.

At this time, he opened the meeting to public comments from the audience regarding the presentation and appointment process. Wayne Stair urged the City Council to consider appointing Pete Aguilar. Speaking in support of appointing Bill Turnpaugh were Brad Easter and Larry James.

A random drawing was conducted by City Clerk Poyzer, assisted by Assistant City Clerk Teresa Ballinger, to determine the order the applicants would speak. Five minutes presentations were made by: Peter R. Aguilar, Eddie Tejeda, Mark Stanson, Dennis John Mullenix II, Eric Robert Fraser, James G. (Jim) Macdonald, Roy S. Cencirulo, George D. Bartch, Brian Roche, William E. (Bill) Turnpaugh and Reyes L. Quezada.

Appointment – Nominations were opened by City Clerk Poyzer for an appointment to the City Council to complete a term ending on December 4, 2007. Councilmember Gilbreath nominated Pete Aguilar, Councilmember Gil nominated Reyes L. Quezada and Councilmember Gallagher nominated Bill Turnpaugh. The random roll call vote was as follows:

Aguilar: Councilmember Gilbreath

Quezada: Councilmember Gil
Turnpaugh: Councilmembers Gallagher and Harrison

There not being a majority vote for any one nominee, nominations were re- opened by City Clerk Poyzer for the appointment to the City Council to complete a term ending on December 4, 2007. Councilmember Gilbreath nominated Eric Fraser, Councilmember Gil nominated Reyes L. Quezada and Councilmember Harrison nominated Bill Turnpaugh. The random roll call vote was as follows:

Turnpaugh: Councilmembers Harrison and Gallagher

Fraser: Councilmember Gilbreath
Quezada: Councilmember Gil

There not being a majority vote for any one nominee, nominations were re- opened by City Clerk Poyzer for the appointment to the City Council to complete a term ending on December 4, 2007. Councilmember Gallagher nominated Pete Aguilar. Councilmember Gil nominated Reyes L. Quezada. The random roll call vote was as follows:

Aguilar: Councilmembers Gallagher, Gilbreath, Harrison and Gil Quezada: None

By unanimous vote, Pete Aguilar was appointed to the City Council to complete a term ending on December 4, 2007, and the Oath of Allegiance was administered to Mr. Aguilar by City Clerk Poyzer. Councilmember Aguilar expressed his appreciation for having been appointed to this position and pledged to do a good job of representing the citizens of Redlands.

The City Council meeting recessed at 7:17 P.M. and reconvened at 7:30 P.M.

PRESENT Jon Harrison, Mayor
Pat Gilbreath, Mayor Pro Tem

Gilberto Gil, Councilmember Mick Gallagher, Councilmember Pete Aguilar, Councilmember

I remember sitting behind Pete Aguilar.  I remember being surprised that there were two votes that were deadlocked, leading to a third vote.

We will see what happens this time.

Pete Aguilar For Congress (California Congressional District 31) Mailer Number One

By Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law

This post has a both a legal and a political bent, so let me start with the legal side.  I have written in the past about blind operators (specifically, in this post dated July 11, 2011):

I was a file clerk/runner for Milligan and Beswick in San Bernardino over twenty years ago.  Part of my job was to file pleadings with the court.  I became fairly intimate with the building at 351 North Arrowhead Avenue.  In the early 1990s, there were no metal detectors at the court.  You could easily run into the court and then back out.

I would sometimes get lunch for people in the office from the courthouse cafeteria.   It was run by a blind operator.   I would also sometimes buy snacks from the other blind operator (his sight was only somewhat impaired).  I remember buying popcorn, peanut M&Ms and six ounce Pepsi Colas in bottles (which by the early 1990s were not easy to come by) from the operator located next to the main stairway in the old courthouse.  I recall that he also sold hot dogs of the sort you could find in a movie theater.

Flash forward to 2012.  I first heard the story you will find bellow a few months ago, but here it is featured in the first Pete Aguilar for Congress mailer (that I have seen, anyway).

On the front is a picture of Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar standing with his hands in his pockets in front of the San Bernardino County Courthouse at 351 North Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino.  The caption says “Pete Aguilar Learned Valuable Lessons in This Building” the bottom says “Learn more about Pete at www.peteaguilar.com

On the second page of the four page flier it says: “PETE AGUILAR. Mayor. Democrat.  Business Owner.”

The second and third page has a picture of Pete Aguilar talking to three people in what appears to be a cafeteria.  The third page has the following pull quotes from Mayor Pete Aguilar:

“My FIRST JOB, as a teenager, was bussing tables and washing dishes at the San Bernardino County Courthouse Cafeteria.

“My grandfather, who was legally blind, managed the facility and manned the cash register.  He taught me the values of hard work, playing by the rules and helping others.

“Washington has lost those values.  Today, our politicians would rather pick fights than solve problems.

“I’m running for Congress to help small businesses, create jobs and protect Medicare for our seniors.  That’s the change that middle-class families need in Washington.”

– Pete Aguilar

I first met Pete Aguilar after he was appointed to the Redlands City Council after the departure of  Susan Peppler, when he went to meet staff.  I was at the Council Meeting at which he was appointed, and I believe I sat either behind him and his wife Alisha and his very young (at the time) son Palmer, or in front of them.  That particular meeting was one of the most interesting I had ever attended, but that’s a post for a different time.  However, it appears we may have had a brush with each other decades earlier in the basement of the San Bernardino County Courthouse.

The final page is a picture of Pete Aguilar and his family, Palmer, Evan and Alisha.  The text says “Pete Aguilar, Leadership on Your Side” and “Pete Aguilar is a small business owner, Mayor of Redlands and a fourth generation resident of the Inland Empire.  He and his wife Alisha live in Redlands with their sons Evan and Palmer.”

Copyright 2012 Michael Reiter, Attorney at Law (no claims to the flier, which was produced by and are owned by Pete Aguilar for U.S. Congress, and used pursuant to 17 United States Code section 107).