Council says no to special election
Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/02/2011 08:54:45 PM PDT

COLTON – At the first meeting since David Zamora died in office, the City Council voted Tuesday night to keep a Mayor Zamora in office.

As the former mayor’s wife and a former councilwoman herself, Sarah Zamora was the perfect choice, colleagues said.

“I’m convinced that Sarah Zamora would be the best choice in this matter,” Councilman Vince Yzaguirre said. “The reasoning behind that is not only her place with David, but her experience as a council member; her conviction that this is a good thing for her; the fact that her family, their blood, sweat and tears are in this community.”

With all other business items wiped from the agenda, the council and residents spent an hour and a half discussing how to fill the mayor’s seat.

The first option was to hold an election, which by state law would have to be April 10, 2012, and would cost an estimated $140,550. An entirely mail-in election would have been March 6 and cost $80,000, City Clerk Eileen Gomez said, based on an estimate from the Registrar of Voters’ Office.

Councilman Alex Perez, the only member to vote against the appointment, said residents told him they wanted an election to decide who will be mayor until the term ends in 2014.

“When I told them the cost, they mostly backed out, but they’d prefer for us to have a panel or us interview them, interview people,” he said. “They didn’t care for an appointment, but if there is an appointment, they’d like it to be like the school board is doing right now, with interviews.”

The Colton Joint Unified School District interviewed nine candidates Tuesday night to fill the seat vacated by board member Kent Taylor and is scheduled to select Taylor’s replacement Thursday.

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