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The City Council is currently debating whether to appoint Council President Scott Peters to the Unified Port of San Diego’s board when his City Council term ends later this year.

Peters, current Commissioner Laurie Black and Centre City Development Corp. board member Robert McNeely are competing for two seats: Black’s and the one vacated by outgoing Commissioner Sylvia Rios.

City Councilwoman Donna Frye and City Councilman Tony Young, who have opposed Peters’ appointment, sought to delay the vote, saying the next council — which will have four new members next month — should make the decision. 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.”

Frye and Young were the only to support a proposed delay, which failed by a 5-2 vote. (Peters, who as council president sets the City Council’s agenda, has recused himself.)

“We’re hearing a lot lately on timing,” Madaffer told his colleagues. “Put this off, put that off. … Last time I checked my term of office was until 10 a.m. Dec. 8 of this year.”

The council is currently taking public comment on the commissioner issue. We’ll have more when a decision is made.

Update: The early version of this post incorrectly stated that Frye and Young opposed the delay. We regret the error.


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