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Appoint Farschad Farzan to Lafayette City Council

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We, the undersigned voters of Lafayette, California, hereby request that our current elected City Council representatives (Mayor Susan Candell, Vice Mayor Teresa Gerringer, Councilmember Carl Anduri and Councilmember Gina Dawson) honor our November 3, 2020 votes for Mr. Farschad Farzan and appoint Mr. Farzan to fill the current vacancy on the Lafayette City Council effective August 24, 2021.

In addition, in filling the vacancy for Councilmember Cameron Burks, it is very important that you give great weight to the two highest priorities of Mr. Burks as a councilmember who was elected and then re-elected by Lafayette voters: 1) protecting and adhering to the Commissioner Reform Ordinance he sponsored and which was enacted in 2018, and 2) protection of our right to local land use control. The other two applicants have respectively expressed diametrically opposed views on these priorities: one proposes to undo the Reform Ordinance, the other favors state land use control. An appointment of either of these other applicants proposing to reverse Councilmember Burks’ priorities would be a further repudiation of the will of Lafayette voters and gravely damage trust in our local government.

The City of Lafayette has yet to recover from the prior City Council’s disregard of the will of the voters in its most recent appointment process. If the Council is unwilling to honor the will of the voters on August 24, 2021, and appoint Mr. Farzan, please be advised that steps will be taken to begin the recall process for the newly appointed Councilmember. It should be noted that the public always reserves the right to explore recalling any public officials, as prescribed within California Elections Code 11006.

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