Harold Weitzberg In The Race For Council
Costa Mesa businessman Harold Weitzberg made it official via an interview with the Orange County Register's Barbara Venezia, HERE, that he's in the race for a seat on the Costa Mesa City Council in November.
I GENERALLY AGREE...
I, too, spent some time with Weitzberg recently discussing his candidacy and his views of Costa Mesa today and his plans for the future. I came away with many of the same feelings expressed in Venezia's column.
He is a member of the grass-roots organization, Costa Mesans For Responsible Government, http://www.cm4rg.org/, and is related by marriage to Robin Leffler, the President of that group. Leffler's son is married to Weitzberg's daughter. He is but one of other potential candidates that may spring from that organization as the campaign deadlines draw near.
One issue that will certainly be part of any discussion of his run for office is the fact that his wife ran a medical marijuana dispensary until the Costa Mesa Police Department and the federal government recently shut all of them down in our city. We didn't belabor that issue, but spent most of our time discussing other much more critical situations in our city - Jim Righeimer's Charter, the I-405 Improvement Project, the rising crime rate and the condition of City/Employee relationships as they exist today.
A STRONG CANDIDATE
In my view, Weitzberg is going to be a formidable force in the upcoming campaign. He's not a developer, but is a skilled educator and businessman. He's able to deliver his message crisply, as I suspect we will all see as the campaign season unfolds and forums take place.
HE'S OFF AND RUNNING
He has created a website, http://weitzberg4costamesa.com/, that will provide you with a good introduction to him and his candidacy. Personally, I like his campaign slogan, Unity, Safety and Prosperity. He seems to have the right view of what's needed in this city and presents them in the right order.
THE FIELD IS FORMING...
So far Weitzberg and businessman Marshall Krupp are the only two announced opponents to the three presumed OC GOP-supported candidates, Steve Mensinger, Gary Monahan and Colin McCarthy. Only those five have taken out the official papers. Beginning July 16th candidates may begin collecting the 30 signatures necessary to confirm their candidacy. Only 20 are required, but the City Clerk requires 30 to be sure the minimum is met. The official filing period ends August 10th and then the fun begins.