After Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood suffered his latest stroke in May, he was expected to be back to his duties for the Aug. 9 City Council meeting. But that meeting came and went without the mayor, who remains absent without any indication when he might return.
The end of his excused absence, which was granted by the City Council, triggers a state law that requires Wood to attend a Xouncil meeting within 60 days, or have the office of the mayor declared vacant.
His Council aide, Debbie Mikulay, said Wood and his family still expect him to return to his duties.
“That’s what he’s working on right now,” Mikulay said Tuesday. “It depends a lot on his therapy.”
The Union-Tribune reports that Wood was released from the hospital on June 24, and Mikulay said he was still working on his speech and movement.
His absence has left four members on the Council who often split the vote, at a time when Oceanside is facing several large issues, like implementing a complete street design on Coast Highway and allowing medical marijuana operations in the city.