Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans, Votes and Vacancies

RECOGNIZING THOSE WHO SERVED
I hope you found a way to recognize Veterans Day today. I'm out of town in a place where it's a very big deal and was celebrated appropriately. Thanks to all those who have served our country through the wars and "police actions" that have taken so many lives and affected so many families.

LATEST ELECTION UPDATE
I just checked
the numbers at the Registrar of Voters site to see what kind of changes have occurred since the last update yesterday evening. For the most part the percentages have remained the same in most important local races.

SCHEAFER STRETCHES LEAD OVER SCHAFER

In the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Race Mike Scheafer has slightly widened his lead over current President Arlene Schafer.

FISLER'S LEAD SHRINKS

In the tight Mesa Consolidated Water District Race Jim Fisler's lead on Dan Worthington has diminished slightly, so it looks like we're going to have to wait for the proverbial Fat Lady to sing.


REPLACING VACANCIES

I note that the agenda for the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 16th, promise
s some interesting decisions. Perhaps the most interesting is the issue of how to replace Jim Righeimer on the Planning Commission and how to replace Katrina Foley on the City Council if she does, in fact, resign her seat on December 14th to move over to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. I covered what I thought might be some of the scenarios last weekend - scroll down to that entry if you're interested. You can read the council agenda item HERE.

CREDIT CARDS
I did notice that the last item on the Consent Calendar is an item having to do with the acquisition of Commercial Credit Cards. Now, if Jim Righeimer is intent on pushing the city into bankruptcy I supposed there's some wisdom in racking up lots of credit card debt that wouldn't have to be paid in a bankruptcy. Geez!

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6 Comments:

Anonymous folkinhippy said...

geoff,
the agenda says that it is a commercial line of credit. the details say that it is merely an accounts payable account for city vendors that is managed by a third party. the details mention nothing about a revolving line of credit or interest rates.

is there something you see that i dont that makes you think this may be a bankruptcy device? im not questioning weather our council would intentionally do that to force things like opening banning for revenue or forcing contract renegotiation due to such a dire situation. i think they would. but, what makes you think this is it?

11/12/2010 10:21:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

You're correct... I read the staff report in greater detail... the lines of credit replace check being cut, which theoretically saves money. Also, we "share" in the process financially. I wonder about oversight of the processing, but I don't see this as a bankruptcy shoehorn. Thanks for setting me straight. :-) The venue from which I viewed the staff report only had dial-up internet, so downloading took FOREVER! No excuse, though. Thanks, Again.

11/13/2010 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous folkinhippy said...

well, that is the first reply i posted that was remotely critical of the blogger, and you posted it. one for one. i'm 0 for 500 over at cmpress. thanks for having a space that is genuinely an open forum for discussion about what is happening in our city.

11/14/2010 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

folkinhippy, once again, you were correct in pointing out my error. I'm not surprised that your comment(s) have not appeared at the CM Press - he only publishes comments that agree with his view or, as in the case of Vicki, turns fanny-smooching into an art form. Here we try to publish everything, but will NOT publish submissions by "Anonymous". If a person is too fearful to use their own name or too lazy to conjure up a pen name, then their comments won't appear here. Thanks for participating.

11/14/2010 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous hb jen said...

folkinhippy,

Perhaps if you wern't spouting nonsense people other than babbling cauldron would be inclined to post your stuff.

"folkinhippy said...
i'm on board with the marina! for sure! but only if it comes with a one story LED sign! and we can pave over all of banning for parking and run shuttle busses to the marina that run on the blood of the homeless from lion's park.

see? i can agree with you, too. will you post this one?

November 14, 2010 6:09:00 PM PST"


I love your sarcasm you really add to the conversation, not.

11/15/2010 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous folkinhippy said...

jen,

after posting several times without it being published, i posted the most outlandish thing i could think of. in all sincerity i believe my post no more ridiculous than the notion of making a costa mesa marina in the first place. i threw in the blood of the homeless thing for a little fun at the end. but, again, i didnt expect the post to see life on the internets. i guess he posts only people he agrees with, softball responses he can bat out of the park or the most ridiculous ones (like mine on that thread). and he calls his blog a "free speech" forum.

oh! and if you think MY post was sarcastic and not constructive to dialogue, then you gotta check out vicki's response to the same post! she suggests paving the back bay! wait... what? oh. my wife just said she doesnt think vicki was being sarcastic.

11/15/2010 07:16:00 PM  

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