I find myself perplexed by the action- inaction of the Riverbank City Council. At the meeting in December, it was voted unanimously that the four members would not use a special election to fill the vacant position created by Richard O'Brien's election to mayor. They agreed this would be an expense the council could not justify. But after two subsequent meetings, the council is again split on the problem.
I believe the two council members who previously stated that a special election was not an option realized that in fact, this was the only way to get their candidate of choice, Virginia Madueño, back on the council. The application process they lobbied for in a previous meeting would result in a 2-2 vote about her.
As a Riverbank resident, I am very disappointed that the wishes of a few seem to be more important than the reputation and well-being of the city. As our mayor stated, "See you at the polls."