City Council President Scott Peters and incumbent Commissioner Laurie Black were both appointed today to the Unified Port of San Diego’s board.

Their four-year terms start Jan. 2, 2009.

Here’s how the council voted:

Five favored Black: Kevin Faulconer, Toni Atkins, Tony Young, Donna Frye and Jim Madaffer.

Five favored Peters: Kevin Faulconer, Toni Atkins, Brian Maienschein, Jim Madaffer and Ben Hueso.

Four favored Robert McNeely (who Young had nominated to counter Peters): Young, Maienschein, Frye and Hueso.

Young and Frye criticized the decision to make the appointments before four new council members take office next month.

From my earlier post on the subject:

Young said Peters’ nomination was the reason he wanted a delay.

“The reason we’re making this decision today is because one of your colleagues is up,” Young told Councilman Jim Madaffer. “I think it’s manipulative, I think it’s pathetic and that’s the reason I don’t think we should do it.”

Five votes were needed.

ROB DAVIS

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