Late Election Info and Related Issues
Today I heard from Mesa Consolidated Water District Director Jim Fisler that the recount in his race to retain his seat has been withdrawn. A check of the Registrar of Voters site confirms that fact, so Fisler will retain his appointed seat with a slim 66 vote margin over Dan Worthington.
APPLICATIONS TRICKLING IN
As of yesterday afternoon the City Manager's office reports that there is only one applicant for the potential vacancy on the City Council if Katrina Foley resigns next month. There are three applicants for vacancies on the Planning Commission, two of which have been reported here - Byron de Arakal and Chris Bunyan. There are also two applicants for Parks & Recreation Commission seats. The City will not confirm the identities of applicants until the filing deadline of 5:00 p.m., December 17, 2010 has passed.
WHAT ABOUT FITZPATRICK?
Still unresolved at this time is the status of Planning Commissioner Jim Fitzpatrick, who won a seat on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board in the recent election. There is a body of thought that he will not be permitted to hold both seats simultaneously. We're still awaiting word from The City on this. We assume City Attorney Kim Barlow will be consulted and rule on this issue. This needs to happen soon because Fitzpatrick will be seated on the Sanitary District Board later this week.
POTENTIAL LACK OF PLANNING COMMISSION QUORUM
IF Fitzpatrick is required to abandon his Planning Commission seat and IF one of the other commissioners - Steve Mensinger, Colin McCarthy or Sam Clark - are appointed to the presumed Foley vacancy on the City Council, that creates a problem for the city. That would leave only two of the current planning commissioners in their jobs and could not do business because of a lack of a quorum in January.
QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS AND MORE QUESTIONS
In the meantime, many questions continue to swirl around City Hall. What is the status of the search for a new Fire Chief? We know that retired Chief Mike Morgan is working a temporary gig across the border in Newport Beach, but what about his replacement? What is the actual status of Police Chief Chris Shawkey and his top captain, Ron Smith? Are they gone or not? What about a replacement for long-departed Finance Director Marc Puckett, who recently landed a similar job in Petaluma? So many holes to fill...