The Oakland City Council has scheduled a special meeting for 4:30 p.m. Thursday to once consider replacing two members of the Board of Port Commissioners, including the celebrated West Oakland environmental activist Margaret Gordon.

Mayor Jean Quan has nominated business owner Cestra "Ces" Butner to replace Gordon, whose term expired more than a year ago. The council fell one vote shy of the five needed to confirm the nomination during its meeting last week. Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan missed that meeting to care for her partner who had just been involved in a traffic accident.

Gordon, a member of the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame, maintains staunch support from many of the city's African-American leaders and has proved difficult to remove from the commission to which she was appointed by former Mayor Ron Dellums.

Quan, who is seeking to get more people with business experience on the commission, also has nominated technology executive Bryan Parker to replace Port Commissioner Pamela Calloway and moved to reappoint Commissioner James Head.

The appointments are the only matter on the council's agenda. Despite speculation, there is no proposal for the council to consider asking voters to do away with ranked-choice voting.