OCEANSIDE — City Council unanimously approved mayor appointments of council members to city and regional commissions and committees on Dec. 2.
While many of the assignments to serve as a city liaison or representative remained the same, Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery received three new appointments.
Lowery will serve as city Utilities Commission liaison, city, OUSD, VUSD Committee representative and League of California Cities voting legislation delegate.
Councilman Jerry Kern said Utilities Commission decisions will be pretty important in the year ahead with water facility improvements on the horizon. Kern added Lowery is conscientious and a good fit for the position.
Lowery said as Utilities Commission liaison he will request city staff give presentations on items one meeting prior to the vote, to allow commissioners time to fully consider items.
“The Utilities Commission has a pretty large list of assignments,” Lowery said.
Lowery said he would also like to see a city plastic bag ban move forward, which is under the commission’s watch.
“We’ve been working on it for four months and nothing has happened,” Lowery said.
Lowery said it’s key to have a city ban in place before next year’s state vote against banning plastic bags.
“It’s the biggest reason to get it through right away, so people will recognize the difference in language (between the two),” Lowery said.
Lowery said grocery retail groups are in favor of a city plastic bag ban, and sent a letter stating support prior to the City Council’s 2-3 vote in October, in which the ban failed, with Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, Kern and Councilman Jack Feller voting no.
He added 140 California cities have banned plastic bags, including Solana Beach and Encinitas.
Lowery said he is looking forward to his new assignments.
“When meetings make an impact, they’re meaningful and motivating for me,” Lowery said.
Lowery said he will be taking notes, bringing information back to the City Council, and encouraging residents to get involved.