Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Let The Healing Begin...

DRUGS ARE GOOD!
Ah, drugs! Although I voted NO on Prop. 19, I do value the occasional influence of drugs in my life. Like today, for example. After dealing with a cold that teased me a week ago by almost disappearing, it returned with a vengeance last Friday and knocked me to my knees a punch-drunk prize fighter for several days. Finally, my doctor prescribed some medication for me and the first couple pills have begun to take their effect.

LET'S SEE WHAT THE GOP DOES WITH THIS OPPORTUNITY
Yesterday, as if the election wasn't enough to make me ill, I spent the entire day trying to avoid coughing up a lung while eagerly watching election results. Nationally, I'm generally happy with how things went. Let's see if my party can do something constructive with this opportunity.

A LITTLE
BIT OF EACH
Locally, it's another matter. Costa Mesa will be saddled with carpetbagger Jim Righeimer for four years. On the positive side, we also have a re-born Wendy Leece on the dais for her final term as a council member. I doubt very much that the flogging she received from Righeimer's buddies, Scott Baugh and the other thugs that form the power elite of the Orange County Republican Party, will soon fade from her memory. I suspect the recent shift in her positions on important issues will take on a more pronounced look of independence now. No longer will she have to be looking over her shoulder, wondering what the good old boys in the OC GOP will think about her decisions on the dais. Our city will be better for that independence.

WHAT IS RIGHEIMER'S PLAN?
I wonder just exactly what is Jim Righeimer's "plan" for pension reform in our city. Will he force a crisis so he can demand that the bargaining units must return to the table? Many wise souls are now calling for reconciliation between Righeimer and the public safety unions. Of course, that would be best for the city, but I suspect our friends on the CMPD are still waiting for that other shoe to drop.

MEASURE "L" WILL HELP
I was pleased to see that Measure "L" passed, even though Righeimer and his minions actively campaigned against it. It's that kind of short-sighted, rigid dogma that got us into this fiscal mess in the first place. If the economy stays at it's current level of vitality we could see an additional $750,000 in revenue during the second half of the fiscal year due to that change. That won't "fix" our budget dilemma, but it will help.


FISLER CL
OSING ON WORTHINGTON
The most recent election numbers were posted at 5 p.m. today. The next update is schedu
led for the same hour tomorrow. I'm not going to post all of them again for you. If you're interested you can view them yourselves HERE. I did notice, though, that a couple of the races are tightening up. Jim Fisler, in the race to retain his appointed seat on the Mesa Consolidated Water District Board, is now within 23 votes of long-time activist and Minuteman experimenter, Dan Worthington. One thinks a recount may be in order for that race.

SCHEAFER HOLDS SLI
M MARGIN OVER SCHAFER
And, in the race for a seat on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board my friend, Mike Scheafer, holds a 231 vote lead over long-time board member, current President of the Board and former mayor, Arlene Schafer. Pretty tight.



COSTA MESA COUNCIL RACE NUMBERS ABOUT THE SAME

The Costa Mesa City Council race remained about the same, with Righeimer still holding about a 1,000 vote lead over Wendy Leece and Chris McEvoy about 700 or so votes behind her.


MC EVOY NOT HAPPY, BUT WILL REMAIN ENGAGED

I spoke
with Chris McEvoy tonight. He's disappointed with the outcome, but doesn't see himself as a career politician. He's happy with the campaign he ran. He was not unhappy that Sandra Genis' PAC, Costa Mesa First, decided to give him some support, but he didn't ask for it and he feels beholden to no one. He told me he plans to continue to attend important meetings and to speak out when he has questions or criticisms of issues in the city. That's good news for the rest of you who don't bother to step up and speak up.

WHAT NOW, KATRINA?
The next big question requiring an answer pretty soon is the future of Katrina Foley. Now that she has handily won a seat on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board, will she abandon her city council seat? Is there a legal requirement for her to do so? If not, and she decides to do both jobs
, will she find enough energy left to actually do justice to both positions, plus those other things in her life - her business and her family. Life is seldom simple.

THANKS TO THE VOTERS

Before
I close tonight and try to get some sleep to fight off what's left of this cold, I want to thank all of you who voted yesterday for your participation in the process. Way, way too few people eligible to vote do so - yesterday was a case in point. In a city of over 100,000 residents, around 10,000 people gave us Jim Righeimer on the city council.

THANKS FOR THE COMMENTERS HERE

I also want to thank all of you who engaged in the discussion held here over the past few
weeks. To say they were spirited doesn't even come close do describing the debates. I'm happy to provide a forum for discussion of important issues and am willing to permit opposing viewpoints - even though I don't like some of them.

TIME TO MOVE FORWARD? PROBABLY...

My friend, Bruce Krochman, suggests that we now move forward and find common ground to resolve the very difficult, important issues facing our city. I agree with him. It will take a lot of listening by both sides and I hope we all are up to it.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Rob Dickson said...

Geoff, hope you feel better soon! Thanks for providing this forum.

11/03/2010 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Rob Dickson, thanks... better every day now. As I said, drugs are good! :-)

11/03/2010 11:36:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

You been hanging out with Sue Lester?

11/04/2010 07:51:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Gericault, wrong drugs! :-)

11/04/2010 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Vu said...

har har har wrong drugs. Hirarious!

11/04/2010 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Nice connection article, it must be tough to be fighting your ailment and the urge to throw up… your hands not your lunch.

I wished that more people would have taken a bit more interest in the process this election. I must admit (to my utter disgust) out of 5 registered voters in my house, 1 voted; the others were still reeling over voting for a proposition to change the State’s constitution only to have it challenged over and over again; just to have ONE liberal judge decide it’s outcome. They feel, “Why bother?”

About Katrina, the Pilot quotes her saying,

"It has come to my attention that there are some legal issues regarding serving in both seats," Foley said in a text message to the Pilot. "Those issues need to be worked out and are in process. In the meantime, I'm truly grateful to all the volunteers who spend thousands of hours campaigning; on to the next challenge."

WHAT THE HELL HAVE YOUR BLOGGERS BEEN SAYING FOR THE LAST 7+ MONTHS?

Maybe she is not as smart as some of have been giving her credit for being. Also, my wife was still asking the question, “How much will her family suffer with her running a business and sitting on two councils? She has done this all for her kid?”

11/04/2010 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Hairy situation said...

Wake up call! Katrina may not care as much about Costa Mesa as you think. Had she remained on the City Council, her perspectives would have given balance to the group.

My prediction, she will move on to the school board and not give CM a second thought. That being said, we will continue to see her in the Daily Pilot claming she cares so much about Costa Mesa that this was the right choice. And the masses will get a warm tingly feeling "awwwwwwww". She's a popstar of local politicing.

11/05/2010 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous folkinhippy said...

longhair,
if it helps, tell the others in your house that if the electorate decided any one of them couldnt marry because they were, say, morman, or left handed, or a longhair, or a registered republican... the same judges would stand up for them also.

11/05/2010 08:49:00 AM  

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