Trinidad Tidings: Candidates join race in seaside village

The deadline for filing as a candidate for Trinidad City Council was 2 p.m. last Friday.

As of 1:50 p.m., the seven Trinidad residents who acquired sufficient citizen signatures and who met other requirements to fill three available slots in the election set for Nov. 6 are incumbents Mayor Susan Rotwein and Councilmembers Jim Baker and Dwight Miller. Former City Councilmembers Mike Morgan, Tom Davies and Pat Morales also filed as candidates along with former City Planning Commissioner Brett Gregory.

There are 286 registered voters in the city so the contest will be competitive.

Meantime, there are two City Planning Commission vacancies. Brett Gregory and Mike Morgan are no longer on the commission. Richard Johnson, John Graves and Diane Stockness are the remaining commissioners.

The Aug. 15 Planning Commission meeting has been canceled due to vacations and vacancies, with two important projects having hearings delayed: the Memorial Lighthouse relocation and the Michael Reinman four-plex property rezoning request. Citizens in the City limits who wish to apply for the two vacancies should submit applications to Gabriel Adams, City Clerk at Trinidad Town Hall.

IN WESTHAVEN Seabury Gould, left, and Mark Jenny perform Friday, Aug, 17 at the Westhaven Center for the Arts. Submitted photo

In other city news, Trinidad welcomes back Public Works Director Bryan Buckman, who has been away on a leave of absence, during which Ryan Desmet has been handling multiple extra duties. Public Works employee Paul Rosenblatt resigned recently. Applications for both a Public Works employee and an assistant City Clerk are currently under review.

Trinidad Bay Art and Music Festival

While City political and planning matters are in flux, Trinidad's lively and joyous cultural life goes on with a second weekend of music in Town Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday along with a 2 p.m. Sunday Holy Trinity Church concert. Go to for tickets and more information.

Blues and Song Village at WCA

Summertime fun blues with Seabury Gould and Mark Jenny will be presented on Friday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m., Westhaven Center for the Arts, 501 South Westhaven Dr. Mark sings and plays slide guitar and Seabury sings and plays piano and guitar. $5 to $20 sliding scale admission.

WCA Musician in Residence, Seabury Gould, also will lead tunes conducive to group singing on Sunday, Aug. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.  Call (707) 845-8167 for details or visit

The "Hargers 3: A Family Affair" art exhibit continues through August at WCA. Watch for a group show by the Representational Art League opening on Sunday, Sept. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Email Patti at [email protected].



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