A Curious Late Addition To The Council Agenda
Checking my email late Monday night I found a new announcement for Tuesday's City Council meeting agenda waiting for me, generated by the City system after close of business today. Strange, I thought to myself, since the agenda is already packed with fun stuff as mentioned in my earlier post today. So, I went to the link and found a new item added at the very end of the agenda. This item, New Business #3, reads as follows on the agenda: "Consider appointment of Arlene Schafer as Costa Mesa’s representative to the Board of the Orange County Vector Control District (OCVCD) for the next two years."
ARLENE SCHAFER TO VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT BOARD?
When you go to the staff report, HERE, you will find that Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Leece has requested this item to be considered earlier than is necessary. Leece is currently the Costa Mesa representative on the Orange County Vector Control District Board. Schafer is presently the President of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board, but it looks like she will be nudged off that board by Mike Scheafer, who leads by more than 400 votes with very few left to count tonight.
WHAT'S THE URGENCY?
I don't have anything against Schafer, who has demonstrated her devotion to Costa Mesa through decades of public service on various boards and committees, including tours as Mayor and Council Member. I just find myself wondering why the urgency on this issue? The decision on this subject - the appointment of Costa Mesa's representative on the OCVCD - would normally be scheduled for next month. So, what's the big rush to get this done? Is it because Jim Righeimer will take his seat on the council at the next meeting and he might have his own ideas about who should replace Leece? I hope those of us who watch the meeting tomorrow will get a satisfactory answer. Apparently it will take a 4/5 vote of the council to address this issue Tuesday.
NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES AS VOTE COUNTING CONTINUES
Speaking of election results, not much has changed. As mentioned above, Scheafer has widened his lead over Schafer to more than 400 votes in the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Race.
FISLER HOLDS SLIM LEAD OVER WORTHINGTON
Jim Fisler's lead over Dan Worthington in the Mesa Consolidated Water District race remains a thin 59 votes with just over 6,000 total votes remaining to be counted county-wide. It looks like we might have the final numbers before Thanksgiving if they continue counting at the current pace.
WILL FITZPATRICK HOLD TWO SEATS?
By the way, no word yet on whether Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner Jim Fitzpatrick will be forced to give up that seat because he was elected to the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board. At the very tail end of the Planning Commission meeting Monday night Fitzpatrick stopped Righeimer before he adjourned his final meeting to thank him for his leadership. He said, "Honestly, I don't think I could have done some of the things I did over the last year without your help." One nice, big, final smooch planted firmly on Righeimer's fanny as they go their separate ways. How very touching...