Friday, the next day of interviews. She will even cast her vote over the
telephone wires on Saturday when the council chooses a new member.
Although Julien Houchen is taking part in the council member selection
process, she said she will not be participating in city council meetings
until after the triplets are born.
While her phone participation is allowed under the Brown Act, Julien
Houchen said she does not want to bog the process down. She did feel that
the selection of a seventh council member was a crucial task that
demanded her input.
"I heard the answers people gave to the questions asked and made
notes," she said.
Under the Brown Act, "all meetings of the legislative body shall be
open and public," and "all teleconferenced locations must be made
accessible to the public," which means Julien Houchen's house is open to
the public during the interviews with a sergeant-at-arms present.
Though Julien Houchen said a due date hasn't been set, she is
expecting to give birth to triplets, all girls, in six weeks.
She and her husband Bryan have picked out names: Katherine, Rachel and
Grace. The extended bed rest, sometimes 22 hours a day, is a big change
from her usual life style.
"I'm used to being extremely active in business and politics, but
[now] I'm often tired, it takes a lot out of a person," Julien Houchen
Her husband is behind her all the way.
"He's been wonderful and thinks it's great I'm sitting and conducting
business and involved with City Council work from home," she said.