BY KYLE MARTIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
Palo Alto City Council tonight (May 10) appointed a dozen new members to its human relations, public art and utilities commissions and stormwater management committee, replacing some incumbents with newcomers.
Human Relations Commission
On the Human Relations Commission, council kept incumbent Rev. Kaloma Smith in place while adding Adriana Eberle and Michelle Kraus to the group, replacing incumbent Sunita de Tourreil. Smith is pastor at the city’s oldest black church, the University African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church at 3549 Middlefield Road. Eberle, of Redwood City, is a lawyer and Kraus, of Palo Alto, works in tech as an executive and consultant.
Mayor DuBois, Vice Mayor Pat Burt and council members Eric Filseth and Greer Stone voted for Eberle. Burt, Filseth, Stone and DuBois voted for Kraus. And Burt, DuBois, Filseth, Stone and Councilwoman Alison Cormack voted for Smith.
Public Art Commission
Loren Gordon, an incumbent on the Public Arts Commission, got her spot back alongside fellow incumbent Ben Miyaji, the commission’s most recent chairman, and newcomer Lisa Waltuch, a city resident and self-employed artist and designer.
Cormack, Burt, Stone and Councilman Greg Tanaka voted for Miyaji. Burt, DuBois, Filseth, Councilwoman Lydia Kou, Stone and Tanaka voted for Gordon. And Burt, Cormack, DuBois, Filseth, Kou and Stone voted for Waltuch.
Council reappointed Hal Mickelson, former counsel for Hewlett-Packard, to the Storm Water Water Management Oversight Committee, alongside newcomer Catherine Perman and incumbents Dena Mossar and Bob Wenzlau. Perman and Wenzlau are engineer and Mossar a former mayor.
Burt, Cormack, DuBois, Filseth, Kou, Stone and Tanaka unanimously voted to reappoint Mickelson. Burt, Cormack, DuBois, Filseth, Kou and Stone voted for Mossar. Burt, DuBois, Filesth, Kou and Tanaka voted for Perman. And Burt, Cormack, DuBois, Filseth, Stone and Tanaka voted for Wenzlau.
Utilities Advisory Commission
And for the Utilities Advisory Commission, council took three rounds of voting to appoint newcomers John Bowie and Phil Metz. Bowie is a San Francisco resident and public policy consultant. Metz is a Palo Alto resident and co-founded the Biophysical Economics Institute.
Burt, Cormack, DuBois, Filseth, Kou, Stone and Tanaka unanimously voted for Bowie. And Burt, Cormack, Stone and Tanaka voted for Metz.