A councilman called for a temporary replacement for Clarence Shaw on the this week after the council deadlocked in a vote for the first time since Shaw took a leave of absence for a military deployment.
Councilman Tom Adams asked that the council consider appointing a caretaker for Shaw's seat Tuesday after a 2-2 vote in a special meeting Friday prevented a quorum from being reached in a bid to buy property for a .
The council has only had four voting members since Shaw, a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, was .
"I think we were all hopeful that we could continue to conduct business without Shaw and at least that one meeting we couldn't," Adams said Wednesday. "I think it's a disservice to the community to not be able to conduct business on everything that comes before us."
The council was able to reach a quorum, however, on Adams' idea: they voted it down 3-1. Mayor Mary Ann Lutz said she didn't think Shaw's absence would pose a continuing problem.
"The rest of us feel that that's one vote and it wasn't precedent setting and it didn't rise to the occasion of replacing Mr. Shaw," Lutz said.
The pocket park was a pet project of Adams, who has pushed for a park on the south side of town since he began campaigning for reelection earlier this year.
The council has the to hold Shaw's seat while he's away, according to City Attorney Craig Steele. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office recently cleared the council from when deciding not to appoint a proxy.
Though the council voted against replacing Shaw while he's away, they also directed staff to contact him to see if he can participate in future decisions.
So far, Adams said, he's been unable to.