Ironically, Mason was picked for the second-most powerful position on the Council after saying he didn't feel qualified to even head a Council committee. He has never served in political office.
Councilman Mel Rapozo, a veteran politician, won support for the position from Council Chair Jay Furfaro and Councilman Ross Kagawa. But Councilmembers JoAnn Yukimura, Gary Hooser and Tim Bynum voted for Mason.
In violation of the sunshine law, JoAnn earlier sent emails to all her colleagues announcing her desire to serve as vice chair. However, she couldn't secure a nomination.
Curiously, Gary didn't say a peep about JoAnn's actions, though he raised a stink about county communications director Beth Tokioka allegedly violating the sunshine law in an episode where its provisions did not even apply to her.
Could it be that Gary and JoAnn subscribe to situational transparency, to go with their situational ethics?
Meanwhile, in another jaw-dropping move, Tim, architect of the second failed vacation rental law, was named chair of the planning committee. JoAnn, architect of the first failed TVR law, is vice chair.
The reorganization occurred after Nadine Nakamura left the Council to work as the mayor's top aide. Last Friday, Jay joined Gary, JoAnn and Tim in picking Mason to help override the mayor's veto of Bill 2491. Mason will finish out the final year of Nadine's term.