PALMDALE – A retired electrician has been appointed to the Palmdale Planning Commission to fill a vacancy created by the election of David Gomez in November to the Palmdale Water District board. Vincent Dino, a local resident for 13 years, was appointed as an eastern Palmdale commission representative on a 5-0 vote Monday night by the City Council. The term will expire in June. “I’ve got the time and energy to give back to my community,” Dino said. “I suspect the experience I’ve had with builders and developers will help me with the Planning Commission.” Dino will represent District 4, which lies mostly east of 40th Street East, wrapping around much of Air Force Plant 42 and the land owned by the city of Los Angeles earmarked for a future airport. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Dino was one of three people who applied for the post. The others were not interviewed by the City Council, however, because one lives outside city limits and the other, outside District 4. Although only one qualified candidate emerged for the post, Mayor Jim Ledford said he still believes it was in the city’s best interest to continue with the policy enacted in June 2004 to appoint planning commissioners by district. One commissioner is selected from each of four districts, each with roughly the same population, and a fifth commissioner is appointed at-large. Ledford said the fact the city is more than 100 square miles in area requires the use of districts. “I don’t believe we lack, for one second, qualified, interested individuals who would bring a resident’s perspective to the Planning Commission,” Ledford said. The commission approves or makes recommendations on proposals and environmental issues involved in land development; makes recommendations on maintaining land-use regulations through zoning ordinance amendments, zone changes and General Plan amendments; determines consistency of the capital-improvement program with the General Plan; and makes recommendations to the City Council on land use and environmental policies and programs. The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of every month in City Council chambers at 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite B. Commissioners get paid $100 per meeting with a limit of $200 paid per month. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!