City Solicits Candidates for Council, Commission Slots
Late this evening the City of Costa Mesa announced the solicitation of candidates for open positions on the three main governmental bodies - City Council, Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission.
FOLEY - WILL SHE OR WON'T SHE?
The vacancy on the council will occur on December 14th, when councilwoman Katrina Foley resigns to take the seat on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board she won in the recent election, unseating incumbent Michael Collier. Foley has played coy recently and got into a heated discussion with Mayor Allan Mansoor at his last council meeting on Tuesday when he pushed her for a firm statement of her intentions. She sparred with him, but didn't give in. It has been widely assumed that the law on this issue will force her to abandon one seat or the other, but she implied that might not be the case. We don't know if she was being stubborn just to yank Mansoor's chain one final time, or if she is still undecided about her decision. Regardless, she will still be on the council on December 7th when Jim Righeimer is seated and Wendy Leece is reaffirmed and will participate in the selection of a new mayor and mayor pro tem.
MENSINGER OR ?...
Some folks around town assume that Righeimer crony and personal pal, planning commissioner Steve Mensinger, has the inside track on this seat. Others prominently mentioned are planning commissioners Colin McCarthy and Jim Fitzpatrick. Many people in the community think Foley's vacancy should be filled by Chris McEvoy, who finished a close 3rd in the recent election. Their reasoning is that the electorate has made its views known by casting nearly 11,000 votes - more than 26% - for McEvoy and, while not a "mandate", it is a clear statement by the people of this community and should be honored.
CANDIDATES - SEND LETTERS BY DEADLINE
Candidates for Foley's vacancy on the City Council should send a letter of interest, and a resume if available, by the deadline. (See Below)
3 SEATS ON PLANNING AND PARKS COMMISSIONS
There are at least 3 seats available on the Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission. Interested parties are encouraged to complete an application, and include a resume if possible, for the council's consideration. The application form can be found at the City website, HERE.
WHERE TO SEND YOUR APPLICATIONS
All applications and correspondence should be sent to: Costa Mesa City Council, P.O. Box 1200, Costa Mesa, California 92628-1200 or bring it to City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, City Manager's Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 17, 2010. Applicants are advised that their applications must be disclosed to the public upon request. For additional information contact the City Manager's office at 714-754-5328.
FINAL ELECTION RESULTS PENDING
A check of the Orange County Registrar of Voters site after 5:00 p.m. tonight shows there are still more than 400 votes to be counted county-wide. The numbers will be updated again at 5:00 tomorrow. Until all votes are counted and certified by the Registrar the results shown on the site are unofficial. No significant changes have occurred in local races in the past 24 hours. I'll post the final, official results when they are available.