More quorum problems

This morning, the city’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee was set to continue discussing a proposed requirement that many existing homes undergo energy efficiency audits. Members have indicated they may be willing to back off that proposal a bit.

We didn’t find out for sure today. There were not enough members in attendance to make a decision.

This is not a new problem. (It should be noted El Concilio’s Jose Rodriguez – once a frequent absentee, as noted in the referenced story – made an appearance this morning.)

The advisory committee is supposed to get a recommendation on the home energy audits to the City Council by the end of next month. That’s less likely to happen now.

Chairman Mike Locke, CEO of the nonprofit San Joaquin Partnership, has in the past expressed frustration with the lack of quorum . Though he could have convened today’s meeting and held informal discussions on the topic (as the panel did at its most recent gathering), he said he had no interest in having an “esoteric conversation” with no resolution.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” he said. “If you can’t participate, resign.”

Panel appointments will soon be up for City Council renewal, so it’s possible leaders could choose some different members. We’ll see what happens.

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