Notice of Soliciting Interest for the Office of City Councilmember

South San Francisco, CA  December 24, 2020 Submitted by Rosa Acosta, SSF City Clerk

Due to the expected December 9, 2020 resignation from South San Francisco City Councilmember Mark Nagales as a member-at-large, the City Council of the City of South San Francisco solicits interest in the elected office of City Councilmember. Councilmember Mark Nagales is now the representative for District 2. At present, the City Council has decided to appoint a representative to fill the position.

Pursuant to the South San Francisco Municipal Code, a person must be 18 years of age and a registered voter of the City of South San Francisco at the time of appointment. If interested, please submit your application and qualifications to the Office of the City Clerk, 400 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco, by 5:00 p.m. on
Friday, January 15, 2021.

Applications may be submitted any of the following ways:

1)    Via U.S. Mail to Rosa Govea Acosta – City Clerk, Office of the City Clerk, City of South San Francisco, P.O. Box 711, South San Francisco, CA 94083;

2)    Online at

3)    By fax 650-829-6641;

4)    Via e-mail to

Please note: Applications must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021.

At its Regular Meeting of January 13, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., the City Council will hear an update on the status of applications for appointment to the vacant City Council seat. This meeting will be conducted pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-63-20 allowing for deviation of Teleconference Rules required by the Brown Act & pursuant to the Order of the Health Officer of San Mateo County dated March 31, 2020, as this meeting is necessary so that the City can conduct essential business and is permitted under the order as an essential governmental function. At that meeting, the City Council may schedule a meeting or meetings to consider and interview applicants for appointment. A tentative Special Meeting for interviews will take place during the week of January 18, 2021.



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The position is until the next election in 2022.

The next detail missing is that the city will have 3 district open seats in 2022. The appointed resident will need to live in one of those districts to represent, or not run at all.

-Your Neighbor


I urge former Council/Mayor Rich Garbarino to apply for this position. With all the machinations of the City of SSF, having someone with direct knowledge and active involvement step into this position would benefit everyone. Mayor Garbarino did receive almost as many votes as Council person Coleman so it’s clear that he has support in the community. He can be a wonderful asset to us during this transition phase and can clearly not run for election in the next election since his district already has a Council member. How can we encourage Mayor Garbarino to step up and step forward for this position? – Wendy Sinclair-Smith

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