- Municipal advisory councils in San Joaquin County
What do they do? Conduct regular meetings, usually monthly, to discuss issues of particular interest to that community. Topics include traffic, public works, streets and public safety.
Where are MACs located? There are six councils — in Lockeford, Woodbridge, Thornton, Morada, Linden and French Camp. French Camp may be on its last legs because six of the seven seats are vacant.
Do cities have MACs? No, Lodi, Stockton, Lathrop, Tracy, Manteca, Escalon and Ripon have their own city government.
When and where are meetings held? Usually monthly at 7 p.m. in a building with no rental fee. For example, the Thornton MAC meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the New Hope School Community Center; Morada's is on the second Tuesday at the Waterloo-Morada fire station on Foppiano Lane; Lockeford's is the third Thursday at the old Lockeford schoolhouse on Jack Tone Road; and Woodbridge's is on the fourth Thursday at the Elks Lodge building on Lower Sacramento Road. The public is invited to voice their concerns to the MAC.
How are council members selected? They are elected to four-year terms, but many times, elections are uncontested. If there is a vacancy between elections, the Board of Supervisors appoint council members after they apply for a seat. The supervisor for the district the community is located will interview applicants and recommend one of them to the full Board of Supervisors for appointment.
Where must council members live? Within the community boundaries of the municipal advisory council. For example, if someone wants to serve on the Woodbridge MAC, the candidate or applicant must live in Woodbridge.
Will the election process change? Possibly. Due to a lack of interest in attracting enough residents, the Board of Supervisors is exploring the idea of no longer making the seats elected positions and instead make them subject to board appointees.
— Ross Farrow
Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:00 am
The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors took its first look in perhaps a generation at how its municipal advisory councils operate.
The board didn't make any final decisions at Tuesday's meeting, but Deputy County Counsel Mark Myles will return with a document with possible rules and regulations for all six of the MACs.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:00 am.