|Nancy with a newly elected Rachelle Arizmendi|
If a resident needs a public document, she gets it to them. When people encounter the government, sometimes they’re unsure of the steps to take to pursue their issue. Shollenberger said, “I do my best to make them feel comfortable.”
Shollenberger, along with her husband and two children, moved to Sierra Madre in 1968. In 1972, Nancy started her own business, The Sierra Madre Answering and Secretarial Service. When cell phones and computers came into being, Nancy closed down her business in 2000.
In 1984, Gary Adams approached Nancy’s husband and asked him if he thought Nancy might consider being City Clerk. Nancy was very busy with her business and raising their two children, and never thought about being City Clerk. Of course, Shollenberger was honored that a City Council Member would think about her, so she considered it and decided to run in 1984.
Shollenberger was not challenged until 2008, when a resident ran against her. She won and ran two more times, unopposed. It has been a wonderful career.
Though Shollenberger is leaving office, she will continue living in Sierra Madre, where people know her for her helping hand to those seeking help from the city government.
“I have been fortunate to have this opportunity,” Shollenberger said. “I’ve met so many absolutely fabulous people who are civic volunteers and commissioners I would have never met before. I love to be in a small town.”
No Planning Commission decision last night on medical marijuana
One question that came up was whether medical marijuana consumption by residents is really a land use issue, or would this be a discussion more appropriate for the City Council to have. Another was whether the delivery of this controlled substance to residents, the possession of which is still a crime under Federal law, can be stopped at the city line.
Who exactly is going to search FedEx trucks to stop the delivery of something that is easily ordered on-line in California, sanctioned by medical professionals, and can be paid for with a Visa card? Should a Planning Commission be asked to make such a decision concerning the lifestyles and medical needs of others when Sacramento seems to be moving in a decidedly different direction?
At the request of the Planning Commission, Sierra Madre's City Attorney is looking into certain issues, and the matter will be revisited in two weeks. My guess is this will all eventually be punted to the City Council, which is probably where it should be addressed.
Under new state laws, the City of Sierra Madre has until March to make its call.
Mod: The following is currently up on the City of Sierra Madre website. Given the possibly historic El Nino weather event coming this winter, you might want to check this event out. For the entire article click here. 9 AM tomorrow is the time.