Monday, December 05, 2016

Yes, The Fat Lady Is Singing...

LOOKS LIKE WE'RE DONE
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.
ASTOUNDING TURNOUT!
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.
GROWTH ISSUES
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.
FAIRVIEW PARK ISSUES
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.
VOTE-BY-DISTRICTS
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.

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City Council Agenda Revised

 LATE NOTIFICATION
The City of Costa Mesa announced this afternoon that the agenda for the scheduled meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 has been revised.   That announcement is HERE.
JIM JORDAN OUT
For some reason the presentation to Jim Jordan, the community volunteer who is the father of the Snoopy House presentation each year, has been removed from the agenda with no further explanation.

GONNA BE A SHORT ONE
I wrote about the meeting earlier, last week, and you can read that entry HERE.  So, an already short meeting just got about 15 minutes shorter.  Wonder who will show up?

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Only 152 Ballots Remain To Be Counted!


MONDAY SHOULD BRING FINALITY TO THIS ELECTION SEASON
While you all enjoyed this glorious Southern California weather today, Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley and his merry band of minions were busily counting the votes that remained in the November 8th election.  As of 5:00 p.m. this evening there remain only 152 ballots left to count.  The next report will be Monday, December 5th after 5:00 p.m.

COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL
There WILL be a change on the Costa Mesa City Council.  Sandy Genis continues to lead in this race, holding an edge over John Stephens of 224 votes.  Allan Mansoor, trailing Stephens by 2,681 votes, has secured the third seat in this race,  and holds a 527 vote margin over Mayor Steve Mensinger.  Jay Humphrey is 191 votes behind Mensinger and Lee Ramos and Al Melone trail the field.
COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT
Incumbents Jim Ferryman and Art Perry both hold commanding leads in this race for two seats.  Both were sworn-in earlier this week despite the fact that this race has not yet been certified by the Registrar of Voters.  Gary Monahan is 4,736 votes behind Perry.  Jim Fitzpatrick and Christopher Luntsford trail the field.
MESA WATER DISTRICT
Incumbent Jim Fisler has defeated challenger Alex Reich.
GROWTH MEASURES
Nothing has changed in these two races.  Measure Y, the citizen-generated Smart Growth Initiative, is passing by a 2-1 margin.  Measure Z, the City-generated measure designed to confuse the voters, is also passing, but by a much smaller margin.
FAIRVIEW PARK MEASURES
Measure AA, the citizen-generated initiative designed to protect Fairview Park from development, is passing by a huge margin - much more than 2-1.  Measure BB, the City-generated measure placed on the ballot to confuse the voters, is failing badly.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEASURES
Both citizen-generated medical marijuana sales initiatives, Measures V and W, are failing badly at the polls.  Measure X, the City-generated measure with NO retail sales element, ia passing.
VOTE-BY-DISTRICTS
This measure, hijacked by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer in direct opposition to what the residents preferred, creates 6 voter districts and ADDS a directly-elected mayor.  This measure may not meet the requirements of the settlement agreement since it dilutes the Latino vote.  We'll see.
HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF CMSD BY MESA WATER
This meaningless advisory measure placed on the ballot by the Mesa Water District Board to try to fool the voters into thinking the combination of Mesa Water and the Costa Mesa Sanitary District is good business - it's not.
COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
All incumbents have won their seats back by large margins.
NEWPORT MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
All incumbents in these races have secured their seats again.
74TH STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Matt Harper has soundly defeated Karina Onofre.
37TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
John Moorlach has defeated Ari Grayson.
48TH UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE
Dana Rohrabacher has crushed Dr. Suzanne Savary.
WHAT'S LEFT TO COUNT?
Esitmate of Ballots Left to Count - 152
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Left to Count - 28
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Returned at the Polls Left to Count - 43
Provisionals Left to Count - 81
Election Day Paper Ballots Left to Count - 0
Eligible Vote-by-Mail Ballots Received After Election Day Left to Count - 0

YES, THE FAT CHICK IS GARGLING NOW...
So, it looks like one more day of counting to go.  With only 152 ballots remaining, it's very likely that Kelley's warriors will complete their task on Monday.  I have no idea whether the votes will be certified shortly thereafter or not.  It's clear that the above numbers represent a done deal in all races.  Mayor Steve Mensinger is OUT.  Righeimer succeeded in fooling the voters with Measure EE.  The Mesa Water Board will whoop and holler about their "mandate" from the voters to take over the CMSD, when it's not true.  The voters knew that was an advisory measure, with nothing really on the line.  So, we will be tapping our toes until 5:00 p.m. Monday - the next time a report is scheduled to be made.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Friday Night Election Results - 1,648 Votes Left


GETTING CLOSER...
Below you will find the results of the Registrar of Voters ballot counts through 5:00 p.m. today.  It's my understanding that the staff will be counting Saturday, but no word on Sunday.  It is presumed that they are on schedule to meet the mandatory deadline of all ballots counted and the election certified by December 8th - next Thursday.  There remain only 1,648 ballots left to count as of today.  You can read the full Orange County election results at the ROV site, HERE.

COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL
Incumbent Sandy Genis leads John Stephens by 224 votes.  Stephens leads former mayor Allan Mansoor by 2,681 votes.  Mansoor leads Mayor Steve Mensinger by 528 for the final seat.  Jay Humphrey trails Mensinger by 102 votes.  Lee Ramos and Al Melone trail the field.
COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT
Incumbent Jim Ferryman leads the pack, ahead of his fellow incumbent, Art Perry, by 3,598 votes.  Perry leads challenger and former member Gary Monahan by 4,707 votes.  Jim Fitzpatrick and Christopher Luntsford trail the field.  At a meeting of the CMSD Board today the winners were installed.  Apparently they follow a different set of rules and can, and have, sworn-in winners before the Registrar of Voters has certified the races.
MESA WATER DISTRICT
Incumbent Jim Fisler is trouncing challenger Alex Reich.
GROWTH ISSUES
Measure Y, the citizen-generated Smart Growth Initiative, is passing with an insurmountable lead - more than 2-1.  Measure Z, the City-generated initiative designed to fool the voters is also passing, but by a much smaller margin.
FAIRVIEW PARK ISSUES
Measure AA, the citizen-generated initiative designed to protect Fairview Park from development, is passing by an astounding margin - well beyond 2-1.  Measure BB, the City-generated measure designed to confuse the voters, is failing at the polls.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ISSUES
Both citizen-generated Medical Marijuana sales issues - Measures V and W - are failing at the polls badly.  Measure X, the City-generated measure with no retail sales element, is passing.
VOTE-BY-DISTRICTS
This measure, hijacked by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and converted from a measure designed to enhance the voting opportunities for the Costa Mesa Latino community into one that actually dilutes that opportunity, is passing by more than a 2-1 margin.  This measure is for 6 voting districts and a directly-elected mayor - a scheme NONE of the participants in the consultants workshops wanted - not a single person preferred it.
HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF CMSD BY MESA WATER
This meaningless advisoery measure, which has no power at all, was foisted upon the voters by the Board of the Mesa Water District in an attempt to sway the voters into even considering the consolidation (takeover) of Mesa Water and the Costa Mesa Sanitary District.  It is passing.
COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
All incumbents in these races are soundly thumping their challengers
NEWPORT MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
All incumbents in these three races are winning soundly.  The old guard prevails.
74TH STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Matt Harper has crushed Karina Onofre.
37TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
John Moorlach has whipped Ari Grayson.
48TH UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE
Dana Rohrabacher has prevailed over challenger Dr. Suzanne Savary.
WHAT'S LEFT TO COUNT?
Estimate of Ballots Left to Count - 1,648
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Left to Count - 28
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Returned at the Polls Left to Count - 63
Provisionals Left to Count - 1,557
Election Day Paper Ballots Left to Count - 0
Eligible Vote-by-Mail Ballots Received After Election Day Left to Count - 0

'TAINT QUITE OVER... BUT VERY, VERY CLOSE
The Registrar of Voters team will count Saturday, but no word about Sunday.  With so few votes remaining to count, it looks like it's over, but I'm going to wait until the bitter end to affirm that fact - after Neal Kelley certifies the races.  The next report is tomorrow night.  Stay tuned.


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