By Allison Jarrell

Following the untimely death of longtime planning commissioner Sheldon Cohen, the city of San Juan Capistrano has announced a vacancy on the commission and is accepting applications.

Cohen died after suffering a heart attack on Dec. 15. He lived with his family in San Juan for more than 30 years and had served as a member of the Planning Commission since 1996, which included multiple terms as chairman.

The Planning Commission began its Dec. 22 meeting with Commissioner Rob Williams dedicating the meeting to Cohen’s memory. Williams said Cohen was a good friend who “gave his life to the city of San Juan.”

The Planning Commission consists of seven members who reside in San Juan Capistrano. With one vacancy, the city is now accepting applications from residents to serve a term on the commission through March 31, 2017.

The appointee must be a registered voter in the city and is required by state law to file Fair Political Practices Commission conflict of interest statements upon appointment, annually and upon leaving office.

Application forms are available on the city’s website at and at the City Clerk’s office, located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto in City Hall. Applications will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and will be reviewed by the City Council, with interviews conducted at an open session meeting, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. Questions concerning the commission or the application process should be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 949.493.1171.

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