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Imperial Beach councilman Fred McLean died of cancer on Sunday, May 24. Three days later, former mayor Diane Rose was appointed by the city council to fill his seat, despite the fact that an ad had been placed in the Imperial Beach’s Eagle & Times newspaper inviting applicants to apply for the position by June 4.

City clerk Jacqueline Hald said the City saw the recent difficulty faced by the Poway City Council when filling the vacant seat left after the passing of former mayor Mickey Cafagna last month: “…two special city council meetings, four hours of interviews, and two hours of back-and-forth squabbling,” according to Dorian Hargrove.

“Basically, we learned from them,” said Hald.

Diane Rose, who served eight years on the council and eight years as mayor of I.B., was attending the May 27 council meeting and agreed to temporarily fill the seat.

Hald said that the city would wait until a November 2010 special election to offer McLean’s seat; it will be a two-year term, completing McLean’s four-year term that ends in 2012. Having a special election now, according to Hald, would cost about $130,000.

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Imperial Beach councilman Fred McLean died of cancer on Sunday, May 24. Three days later, former mayor Diane Rose was appointed by the city council to fill his seat, despite the fact that an ad had been placed in the Imperial Beach’s Eagle & Times newspaper inviting applicants to apply for the position by June 4.

City clerk Jacqueline Hald said the City saw the recent difficulty faced by the Poway City Council when filling the vacant seat left after the passing of former mayor Mickey Cafagna last month: “…two special city council meetings, four hours of interviews, and two hours of back-and-forth squabbling,” according to Dorian Hargrove.

“Basically, we learned from them,” said Hald.

Diane Rose, who served eight years on the council and eight years as mayor of I.B., was attending the May 27 council meeting and agreed to temporarily fill the seat.

Hald said that the city would wait until a November 2010 special election to offer McLean’s seat; it will be a two-year term, completing McLean’s four-year term that ends in 2012. Having a special election now, according to Hald, would cost about $130,000.

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Despite a group of citizens asking the council to rescind the appointment of former mayor Diane Rose the Imperial Beach City Council voted last night, June 3rd to appoint her as McLean's successor. Councilman Jim King abstained from the 3-0 vote. The citizens group accused the city manager and city clerk of fraud pointing out the running of ads in local newspapers seeking applicants and not notifying local residents that the council might appoint someone to fill the seat at the previous council meeting. Imperial Beach City Attorney Jim Lough said there was no wrongdoing in the councils decision while Mayor Jim Janney said they acted quickly to avoid paying for a special election. Update by Peter C. Salisbury

June 4, 2009

Does anyone want to get rid of these people?

June 29, 2009

How many people want a Lobbyist for sand, for the city to own a city block for redevelopment, over loaded city management (please do not hire a replacement for the Assistant City Manager), & who picked our legal counsel. We have an ex mayor trying to change building codes to his advantage (change us to Pacific Beach thanks but no thanks Mr. Bixler). I like Ex-Mayor Rose but I think we need to have a say so in this matter. The rush in this matter is a disgrace to the late Councilman Fred McLean & the way he would have wanted it handled. As small as our city government is why do we the citizens have so little say, & special intrests run things. Lets clean house & show that this city can be run respondsibly. New City Manager, new Attorny, new qualified public works management, open all city finances to the public so we can have a say in what this city needs & does not need.

July 6, 2009

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