The City Council on Tuesday will consider Mayor Jerry Sanders’ nominees to the panel charged with monitoring the use of water and sewer funds for future infrastructure projects.

The Independent Rates Oversight Committee, or IROC, will be comprised of 11 members that hail from different parts of the community, Sanders says. The group’s formation was a condition included in the council’s passage of rate increases in February.

Sanders’ nominees include:

  • Larry Clemens, president of homebuilder Barratt American’s urban division. Clemens, who resides in Rancho Santa Fe, was designated the construction management representative.
  • Linda Cocking, a residential property manager. Cocking, who resides in Tierrasanta, was designated the multi-family residential ratepayer representative.
  • Carl DeMaio, CEO of the Performance Institute, a tax-averse research and consulting group. DeMaio, who resides in Rancho Bernardo, was designated the municipal finance representative and Sanders says he intends to appoint him as chairman. DeMaio, who like Sanders is a Republican, is also a candidate for the District 5 City Council seat in 2008.
  • Christopher Greef, an administrator for the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians and a chemist. Greef, who resides in Allied Gardens, was designated the science professional for the committee.
  • Jack Kubota, a public health engineer. Kubota, who resides in Carlsbad, was designated the committee’s engineering professional.
  • John Nelson, a construction executive. Nelson, who resides in Pacific Beach, was designated as the temporary irrigation and construction representative.
  • Barry Newman, an attorney, retired banker and former president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Newman, a resident of Escondido, was designated the law professional for the committee.
  • Jim Peugh, a wildlife advocate and retired physicist. Peugh, who resides in Point Loma, was designated the environmental representative.
  • Charles Richardson, a retired financier and accountant. Richardson, who resides in Carmel Valley, was designated the audit and accounting representative.
  • Irene Stallard-Rodriguez, a marketing professional. Stallard-Rodriguez, a San Carlos resident, was designated the single-family ratepayer representative to the panel.
  • Gail Welch, energy manager for Qualcomm. Welch, who lives in Carmel Valley, was designated the commercial and industrial ratepayer delegate.

The council’s confirmation hearing will take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the council chambers, located at 202 C St.


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