Applicants & Moorlach, The Bellwether?
As of mid-day today, Monday, the count for applicants for positions in Costa Mesa city government stands as follows:
City Council applicants - 2
Planning Commission applicants - 7
Parks & Recreation Commission applicants - 5
INFORMATION AVAILABLE FRIDAY EVENING
No names are yet available and won't be until the deadline, 5:00 Friday, December 17th, passes. At that time the city will promptly scan them and enter them on the city web site and issue a press release announcing those applicants that have made the deadline. I'm assured there will be no "Righeimerization" this time - acceptance of applications after the deadline.
As a reminder, the terms of Planning Commissioners Jim Fitzpatrick and Sam Clark expire in February, 2011 and those of Colin McCarthy and Steve Mensinger expire in February, 2013. Still no word on whether Fitzpatrick will be permitted to sit on the Planning Commission and the Sanitary District Board. We've been advised that the city has a legal opinion that his participation does not jeopardize the validity of actions taken by the Planning Commission.
PARKS & RECREATION TERMS
Parks & Recreations Commissioners Kurt Galitski, Mike Brumbaugh and Terry Shaw expire in February 2011 and those of Jeff Mathews and Kim Pederson expire in February, 2013.
MOORLACH'S PENSION MANIFESTO
Orange County Supervisor, and Costa Mesa resident, John Moorlach has provided us with his view of the current pension crisis in a op/ed piece in the Orange County Register. You can read it HERE. Is Moorlach a bellwether on this issue? I think you'll find his treatise fascinating and may, as I did, wonder how in the heck we could pull off such draconian reductions in municipal government and still remain viable as an entity.
PENSION PARLOR GAME
I particularly enjoyed his little after dinner game, Hare and Tortoise, in which the strategy is to go backward to move forward.
THIS IS THE BEGINNING...
Friends, this is how it begins. Once the new council member to replace Katrina Foley is hand-picked and seated early in January and the council hears the mid-year budget update on January 11th, you can fully expect Righeimer and his crew begin their move to dismantle employee contracts under the threat of layoffs and/or bankruptcy. The worst part of this may be the fact that the steady hand of Allan Roeder will not be around.