DUBLIN -- A vacancy on the City Council has attracted 10 applicants for the appointment -- including three candidates who ran and lost in the Nov. 6 council election.

Two of the five Dublin planning commissioners also applied for the seat in this fast-growing city where leaders are concerned about attracting jobs, revitalizing the downtown and protecting open space.

The vacancy opened up when Councilman Eric Swalwell stepped down Jan. 2 to take the House of Representatives seat he was elected to in November.

Doreen Wehrenberg, a former city planning commissioner; Anita Carr, a city heritage and cultural arts commissioner; and Shawn Costello, an advocate for the disabled, all fell short in the Nov. 6 council election.

Now they're seeking the appointment, scheduled to be made Tuesday by the council after public interviews with the 10 hopefuls.

Two current Dublin planning commissioners who applied are Ramit Kohli, a sales and marking specialist, and Tara Bhuthimethee, a landscape architect for the city of Fremont.

A former Dublin planning commissioner -- attorney Morgan Dean King -- also applied.

Other applicants are Abe Gupta, a business attorney who serves on the Alameda County Mosquito and Abatement District board; Lisa Trujillo, who works for an Internet retail sales company; Elpi Abulencia, a retired business executive; and Philip Tucker, a management consultant.


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The City Council is scheduled to take up the appointment at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza.

Wehrenberg and Carr finished third and fourth in the November election for two council seats won handily by David Haubert and incumbent Kevin Hart.

Far back in fifth place was Costello.

Wehrenberg works as a Kaiser Permanente senior project manager overseeing building construction. Carr is a retired business executive who has worked in Silicon Valley.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.

dublin city council meeting
What: Appointment of a new council member after public interviews with applicants
Who: Dublin City Council
When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Dublin Civic Center, 100 Civic Plaza.
Procedures: Members of the public get one minute to make comments, then the council will hear statements from the applicants and ask them questions.