Sanitary District To Discuss "Incompatibility Of Office"
In an earlier post I mentioned that this was a slow week for City business, but it's not completely devoid of activity.
SANITARY DISTRICT MEETING WEDNESDAY
For example, on Wednesday, November 30th, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District - those wonderful folks who pick up our trash and make sure our sewers work - will hold their regular meeting at District Headquarters at 628 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa beginning at 5:30 p.m.
"INCOMPATIBILITY" TO BE DISCUSSED
Most of the agenda seems to be pretty routine, with reports from various committees - Recycling, Sewer, etc. However, buried way, way, way down at the end of the agenda report, Item XVII, A. appears. The title of this item is, "Incompatibility of Office between Costa Mesa Sanitary District and Mesa Consolidated Water District", and is on the agenda for "discussion".
WONDER WHAT BRINGS THIS UP?
Now, based on the title of the item alone, there would seem to be a need to discuss this issue if, for example, a Director of the Sanitary District planned to run for a similar seat on the Mesa Consolidated Water District Board. I don't know what brings this issue up, since there is no staff report available to review.
WILL THEY ADDRESS JIMMY FITZY?
However, one wonders if this discussion might take a broader approach - to deal with the question of Sanitary District Board members also serving on other elected or appointed government bodies. You will recall that current Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan, during served on both the City Council AND the Sanitary District Board recently. And, of course, Planning Commissioner Jim Fitzpatrick currently serves on the Sanitary District board while a planning commissioner. I wonder if the District Board will address this apparent "incompatibility"? And, if so, what the outcome of that discussion might be?
CONFINES TOO COZY FOR ME
I don't have any plans to attend the meeting Wednesday. It's a cozy room, with a conference table way, way too large for the venue and seating for only a few guests - maybe a half-dozen, at most.
I'LL REPORT WHAT I CAN
I will, however, do my best to provide a summary of how this issue plays out. It seems to me that Jimmy Fitzy might just find himself in a very uncomfortable situation because I recall that, if it is determined that he cannot hold both seats simultaneously, he would be required to give up the Sanitary District seat because he accepted the Planning Commission position AFTER he was seated on the Sanitary District Board. I guess we'll see...