Let The Healing Begin...
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 CLOSING ON WORTHINGTON
The most recent election numbers were posted at 5 p.m. today. The next update is scheduled 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 SLIM 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.