Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Harold Weitzberg In The Race For Council


IT'S OFFICIAL...
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.
 
 
CM4RG
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.


MEDICAL MARIJUANA...
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.



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19 Comments:

Anonymous Cheech said...

A real solid guy, it looks like we will have some very good candidates to oppose the Colin, the Gary and the Steve. Thank goodness.

6/26/2012 05:43:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Weitzberg is a true Costa Mesan who has the knowledge and skills necessary to save our city from extremism.

6/26/2012 06:33:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

I am very happy that Harold is running for CM City Council. He is a good man who cares about our city and its residents.

6/26/2012 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Barry said...

Who?

6/26/2012 08:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Riggy's boys said...

Maybe Colon should step aside and let the more intellectual Fitzpatrick battle people like Weitzberg..

6/26/2012 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous CM Whine Press said...

While CM's "other blogger" continues to mourn Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, candidacy announcements by people like Weitzberg has to be pushing him over the edge..

6/26/2012 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Excellent!! said...

I agree with alf, this is great news. we need to drive the republicans from office and now we have a democrat in the race. beautiful! purge the ocgop from our city and special districts. Go to
cm4rg.org for the truth and unbiased opinions. Our city must be cleansed of every last repuglican. Support
cm4rg. If you cannot contribute $$ then help us walk precincts. This is ground zero folks. Organized labor and unions must be put in power to save us from the ocgop. Remember in November!!

6/27/2012 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous MSC said...

I suspect "Excellent" is playing for the other side and trying to use a little reverse psychology to poison the well. No one wants the city to be run by "organized labor" or "unions". It never has been, although Riggs and Stevie et al would want you to believe that. What we as residents want is balance and for our representatives to have a broader view that represents all of us.

Nice attempt at subverting the sesame by feigning support for those that oppose this council's actions. You are really going to have to up your game though.

6/27/2012 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Correction said...

Hey Riggy's boys:

I would caution you against using Fitzpatrick and intellectual in the same sentence. It would only apply if someone asks you for an example of an oxymoron.

6/27/2012 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

It's refreshing to see good solid thinkers such as Harold, running for the council. What heartens me the most is that he has no other agenda than the well fare of Costa Mesa. This is really encouraging.

6/27/2012 01:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Smoke'm of you got'm said...

I would smoke a dubbie with Harold and discuss his platform issues. You bet

6/27/2012 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous excellent!! said...

MSC: I am playing for cm4rg, for the residents, and against the corrupt ocgop. I want our cops to get all the $$ they can, they are the best of the best. They work hard and should be able to retire early and enjoy life. I can live with a pothole or a dying lawn on a park, but I cannot do without the finest public servants money can buy. Aren't you in? The unions must have the power and this council will destroy that power. They are trying to fix roads and parks on the backs of the cops. They already took away that beautiful blue helicopter. Wise up everyone. If we don't elect a cop friendly council this time we will be stuck with cops from other cities, you know, the bad or inept ones. Don't dismantle what we have negotiated for through the years. Weitzberg, I mean Harold, sounds like the kind of guy we should support. The unions will step up with big bucks to help him and he will then help them. It is time to return to reason. Vote Harold and Marshall.

6/27/2012 02:23:00 PM  
Blogger Flo Martin said...

Excellent!!! is way-off-the-charts looney tunes! A Republican shill in the guise of CM4RG. I support Weitzberg and know that he doesn't want "union power" controlling our City Council. Them's fightin' words.

6/27/2012 04:58:00 PM  
Anonymous excellent! said...

as Flo Martin says, watch out for Republicans. I agree. We be ready to fight.

6/28/2012 06:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Nothing to see here said...

Didn't Katrina say that other guy was running? Where is he?

Didn't West promise all a post on who would oppose the M's?

Lots of blowhards out there

I am waiting to see who will lose. But I have to wait to see who West endorses.

West's influence on the City is an illusion. You will see this demonstrated in this election.

I will think of West as I attend Mr Irrelevant week

6/28/2012 09:35:00 AM  
Blogger Moon said...

I welcome anyone that has not served with Righiemer. Jim has focused on his pet causes (union busting) and wasted a lot of taxpayer money for nothing.

This councils blind lock step march down the Righiemer road has lead Costa Mesa to a dead end. Time to get this crew off the bridge. The sooner the better. Weitzberg is the opening shot. There'll be more. Things won't go as planned in this election, and that will be a relief to all the voters that live in Costa Mesa.

6/28/2012 10:38:00 PM  
Anonymous I am in Pain said...

Mensinger & Riggy are always willing to buy a cup of coffee to sit down to discuss important City issues.

I think Harry will too.

Will he sit down and share a dubbie with me and talk about City issues.

6/30/2012 04:16:00 PM  
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