Commission gets new planner

July 01, 2003 11:00 pm

By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

Angels Camp City Council appointed Steve Difu to the city's Planning Commission last night.

Difu, 60, who moved to Angels Camp from Sunnyvale in May 2001, said he'd considered running for city council, but decided to "get my feet wet" by applying

for appointment to the commission.

Difu was the only applicant to be interviewed before the regular meeting of the city council last night, even though there are three openings on the commission and the city has been advertising for applicants.

Two commissioners — Alan Hurd and Norm Price — have come to the end of their three-year terms. A third commissioner, Lynda Tusoni, resigned from the commission after serving two of her three years.

Following the interview with Difu, council members discussed the vacancies. Commissioner Price had sent word that he would serve again if the council reappointed him, and Tusoni agreed to stay on until the council appointed someone to replace her.

Councilman Lee Seaton urged appointing Difu to fill the vacancy left by Hurd, saying, "Mr. Difu's commitment to the community has been evident."

The council reappointed Price and appointed Difu with a 4-0 vote. Councilman Bill Hutchinson was absent. Mayor Debbie Ponte said she wanted to encourage people to apply for the commission opening.

"The city is still looking for people to apply for the Planning Commission," she said. "I am pleased to see Steve Difu apply, to see his interest in the city."

Difu is a general manager for Charron Metals Corp. in San Jose and said he spends a couple of days a week in the Bay area.

"I moved here for the quality of life," he said. "I care very much about my community. I don't want (us) to lose focus on our past. Any future development should include (sensitivity) to our past. The past is the reason most of us moved up here."

Difu and his wife, Jan, have six adult children. He is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, serves on the advisory board at Greenhorn Creek and has helped raise funds for the Bret Harte High School wrestling team.