PALMDALE — Two members of the Planning Commission were reappointed to serve another term by the City Council on Tuesday and a retired educator and administrator was appointed to represent the city on The Palmdale Aerospace Academy Board of Directors.
The Council unanimously approved reappointing Stacia Nemeth to represent Council District 3 and Bart Avery as the at-large member on the Planning Commission.
Both served two-year terms that ended on June 30. Their new terms end June 30, 2021.
“I think that they both are very good at what they’re doing,” District 3 Councilwoman Laura Bettencourt said.
Bettencourt reappointed Nemeth. Mayor Steve Hofbauer advertised for the at-large seat and requested Avery submit a letter of interest, before deciding to reappoint him.
Hofbauer said it was part of his review of all the city’s appointed boards and commissions and not a reflection on any member’s performance.
“I know that they have the best intentions for the city of Palmdale, especially at this critical point where we’re going through the General Plan adoption,” Councilman Juan Carrillo said.
“We’re really going to see a lot of activity coming through Planning and Council in the next year with all these projects coming. You guys have really got your work cut out for you,” Mayor Pro Tem Austin Bishop said.
The Council also unanimously approved Hofbauer’s appointment of John Porter to The Palmdale Aerospace Academy Board of Directors for a three-year term.
Porter retired this month as assistant superintendent of special education and student services for the Palmdale School District. He has more than 25 years experience in education and was involved in the establishment of The Palmdale Aerospace Academy.
Porter had applied for an earlier Board opening, but was not selected in a close decision while he was still employed by Palmdale School District, Hofbauer said.
“I think its an excellent choice. His experience really brings a lot to the table,” Carrillo said. ”His expertise will definitely be in the right direction.”
Porter will fill the seat representing the city on the 11-member Board previously held by former NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Director Kevin Petersen, who served two terms.
The city received two applications for the Board position. The second applicant was Shanneth Alexis Chavez, a journeyman sound installer and school volunteer.
In addition to the Planning Commission and The Palmdale Aerospace Academy appointments, the Council also unanimously agreed to reappoint John Manning and Alan Henkin to new three-year terms on the Library Board and Joann Ferry-Scott, Marion Murray and Debra McLaurin for two-year terms on the Mobile Home Park Rental Review Board.