City Council to make appointments tonight

Petaluma City Council members are set Monday to fill vacancies on three subcommittees with community volunteers and elect several teenagers to an advisory commission.

The adult appointments, one each to the Planning Commission, Senior Advisory Committee and Youth Commission, don't look to be controversial.

In years past, appointments to the planning commission have been used to bolster City Council members' influence over the way the city is run, deepening divisions between political factions on the council.

All three planning commission applicants — Daryl Johnson, Houston Porter and David Powers — applied for openings on the board in June, when the council appointed four new commissioners.

The current vacancy, created when newly-appointed commissioner JT Wick took Sonoma County's top planning job last month, expires June 30, 2016.

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