Showing a strong volunteer spirit, 23 La Cañada Flintridge residents have applied for just a handful of openings on the city's seven advisory bodies.
Some candidates, such as Kiwanis Club La Cañadan of the Year Terry Walker or schools booster and Chamber of Commerce volunteer Charlie Kamar, jump at the opportunity to take public service to a higher level. Others — including WorleyParsons engineer Leonard Pieroni and Glendale Water & Power civil engineer Patrick Hayes — want to put professional expertise to broader public use.
“I think these folks genuinely have an altruistic feeling about their community. It's always tough, though, because many who have applied for positions won't get them,” said City Councilman Donald Voss.
City Council appointees can serve up to two four-year terms as one of five members on the Planning, Design, Public Works & Traffic, Parks & Recreation and Public Safety commissions, or on the Investment & Financing Advisory Committee. Residents between the ages of 14 and 19 can serve for up to four years on the city's nine-member Youth Council.