Committee Application Period Extended
The City of Costa Mesa extended the application date for those residents interested in volunteering for several city committees. Those committees are:
Cultural Arts Committee
Historical Preservation Committee
Investment Oversight Committee
The original solicitation for these committees this year was announced on April 12th with a deadline for submission of applications of April 19th. Apparently the response was low because, on April 20th, the deadline was extended to April 27th.
Quite honestly, I'm not surprised if there has been a small response to this solicitation. Some history....
36 APPLICANTS LAST OCTOBER
Last October, in response to a similar request for volunteers, three dozen interested parties replied with applications for these committees plus the Redevelopment and Residential Rehabilitation (3R) committee and the Costa Mesa Senior Center Board.
NOT GOOD ENOUGH
MOTION: Amended Council Policy 000-2 with the following changes:
1. That membership of the Cultural Arts Committee, Historical Preservation Committee and the 3R Committee be reduced to 9 regular committee members and 2 alternate members.
2. Limit appointees to only Costa Mesa residents.
3. To no longer consider late applications.
4. To reduce the recruitments to once a year in the spring (April).
5. That those applications received for reappointment be reappointed to fill the current vacancies.
6. Directed that all the applicants that submitted, and not appointed be considered at the Spring realignment and recruitment.
7. Directed that the numbers of the membership would be ultimately reduced with the spring recruitment.
The following reappointments were made:
Anthony S. Manqrique was reappointed to the Cultural Arts Committee as a regular member;
John McQueen, was reappointed to the Historical Preservation Committee as a regular member; Terry Shaw was reappointed as a regular member and David Stiller was reappointed as an alternate member to the Investment Oversight Committee; Robert Dickson, Philip Morello, Arlene Schafer, Cambria Briggs and Bob Wakeham were reappointed as regular members and Andrew Smith was reappointed as an alternate to the 3R Committee.
UNACCEPTABLE COUNCIL BEHAVIOR
The remainder of the applicants didn't receive so much as a thank you for applying after being stiff-armed by the council. I know more than a few of those summarily rejected. They are good, solid citizens with an interest in serving their city. The behavior of the council last year was not only unexpected, but unacceptable.
TIME FOR A CHANGE
This is not the first time something like this has been done by this council. Their arrogant attempt to mold this city into some kind of Irvine-esque utopia is falling well short of their mark simply because of their tactics. Hopefully, the voters will finally wake up and vote some of these guys out of office in November.