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Nancy Selfridge, candidate. Photo: Vern Fisher, 9/14/06

The city of Monterey's representative on the Fort Ord Reuse Authority board wants to stay.

The Monterey City Council will consider the matter Tuesday.

Last week, Mayor Chuck Della Sala went through the first-of-the-year task of naming himself and other council members as representatives on more than two dozen regional and city government bodies. Council members split assignments, ranging from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County to the Waterfront Subcommittee, without much debate.

But Della Sala's proposal to remove Councilwoman Nancy Selfridge as the city's representative to the FORA board and to appoint Councilman Frank Sollecito in her place drew a protest from Selfridge.

At the council's Jan. 2 meeting, Selfridge said she has more than two years on the FORA board as it has weathered particularly turbulent times.

The agency is fighting to reverse a "negative image," and Selfridge said she has been working hard as the board tries to do that.

"I would like to stay," she said. Selfridge said the proposed switch left her feeling "kind of bushwhacked."

Della Sala said the proposed appointments were "in no sense punishment," but an effort to serve the public by expanding areas of council members' expertise.

"It was not anything personal," he said.

During the past two years, FORA has been a focal point in several high-profile issues, ranging from agency spending practices to growing pressure from open-space advocates opposed to projects on the former Army base.


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The FORA appointment was the only position held over from the Monterey council's Jan. 2 meeting.

Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or lparsons@montereyherald.com.