Weise appointed to Avondale council
clearly “did his homework” Councilman Jason Earp said in nominating the
40-year-old field application engineer for Newark InOne.
six council members interviewed a total of 10 candidates in a lengthy special
meeting the night of Jan. 30.
vacancy occurred when Marie Lopez Rogers was named mayor in early January, soon
after Ron Drake resigned to run for a seat in Congress.
will serve out Lopez Rogers’ unexpired council term, which runs through
did Earp, Councilwoman Betty Lynch cited preparation as a key to setting Weise
above the other nine candidates, two of whom — Gail Leitner and Stephanie
Karlin — were recent members of the City Council.
knew the ins and outs of the South Mountain Freeway, instead of just speaking
vaguely about transportation issues,” Lynch said.
his responses to a questionnaire, Weise also commented on the fact that Avondale
essentially is landlocked and therefore “in the next seven to 10 years we need
to transition from an almost purely growth economy relying on new homes and
residents to drive our bottom line to a city that focuses on keeping our
neighborhoods vital … .”
new to the council, Weise has served on the city’s Charter Review Committee.
has served on the board of Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran School.
He now serves on the board of the Rancho Santa Fe Homeowners Association, for
which he previously has served as secretary, vice president and treasurer.
served as chairman of Chuck Wolf’s campaign last year for the City Council.
has lived in Avondale for about 10 years. He and his wife, Shari, have two