Yes, The Fat Lady Is Singing...
The Orange County Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley, and his hardworking staff apparently have completed their task and the final ballots have been counted. What you see below is what we get. There is no indication of any subsequent reporting to be made. Now we await him to send out the notices to the individual districts and cities regarding the results. However, the fat lady, she is a'singing... Speaking of which, click on the image below and sing along as you read the results.
According to the ROV page, HERE, there are 1,535,967 registered voters in Orange County. of those, 1,239,405 (80.7%) of them actually cast ballots - an astounding number!
THIS SHOULD BE IT!
So, dear readers, here are what should be the FINAL numbers for this 2016 General Election for races that are important to us Costa Mesans.
COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL
Only a couple votes were added to these numbers today. Sandy Genis continues to lead John Stephens - now by 222 votes. Stephens leads Allan Mansoor by 2,682 votes. Mansoor leads Mayor Steve Mensinger by 525 votes for the final seat. Mensinger has surpassed Jay Humphrey by 190 votes. Lee Ramos and Al Melone are far, far behind.
COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT
Both incumbents, Jim Ferryman and Art Perry, have been re-elected. Perry has defeated Gary Monahan for the second seat available by 4,707 votes. Jim Fitzpatrick and Christopher Luntsford trail the field.
MESA WATER DISTRICT
Incumbent Jim Fisler has soundly defeated challenger Alex Reich.
Measure Y, the citizen-generated Smart Growth Initiative, has passed with 68.4% of the votes - a more than 2-1 margin. Measure Z, the City-generated measure designed to fool the voters, has also passed, but by a much smaller margin.
Measure AA, the citizen-generated initiative created to protect Fairview Park from development, is passing by much more than a 2-1 margin - almost 71% of the votes cast. Measure BB, the City-generated measure designed to fool the voters, has failed.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ISSUES
Both citizen-generated Medical Marijuana issues, Measures V and W, have failed at the ballot box by significant margins. Measure X, the City-generated measure that has no retail sales element, only manufacturing, testing, distribution in a small section of the city, has passed.
This measure, hijacked by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer to ignore the will of the people and add 6 districts and a directly-elected mayor to the mix, has passed. Shame on Righeimer for diluting the potential Latino vote by this deception.
HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF CMSD BY MESA WATER
This meaningless advisory measure, placed on the ballot to fool the rate-payer of Mesa Water and the Costa Mesa Sanitary District into thinking the combination of those two organizations is a good idea, has "passed". It means nothing and was, once again, a waste of rate-payer dollars by the Mesa Water Board. No wonder they want to get their hands on the CMSD cash!
COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
All incumbents in these races won - handily.
NEWPORT MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
All incumbents in these three races won, too.
74TH STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Matt Harper has defeated Karina Onofre.
37TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
John Moorlach has defeated Ari Grayson.
48TH UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE
Dana Rohrabacher has defeated Dr. Suzanne Savary.
WHAT'S LEFT TO COUNT?
The Registrar of Voters page has not updated these numbers, and show no counter as to when the next report will be made, so we're assuming that ALL votes have been counted. There were only 152 left to count at the beginning of this day. Now we wait for Kelley to post that "Final Results" note on his page and certify the races.
NEW COUNCIL TO BE SWORN-IN ON DECEMBER 13TH.
So, that's it for this cycle. The new members of the Costa Mesa City Council will be sworn-in at a special meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 and new leaders - Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem - will be selected. Here's something for all of us to contemplate as we think back on this election.