Candidate Forum Schedule
That press release, issued by former Daily Pilot publisher Tom Johnson from his newest business, Johnson Media, on behalf of Costa Mesa United, announced a candidate forum hosted by that group.
TWO MONTHS AWAY
The Costa Mesa United forum, which will be held Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (Lions Park), will take place from 7 .p.m. - 9 p.m., preceded by a "Meet the Candidates" hour beginning at 6 p.m.
A DIFFERENT MIX
This will be a different kind of forum in that the theme, "Academics, Athletics and Activities" will feature not only candidates for the Costa Mesa City Council, but those running for seats on the Newport-Mesa Unified School Board, as well. Costa Mesa United President Gordon Bowley will moderate the festivities.
FOUR - SO FAR
This brings the total candidate forums so far this year to four (4). Each of them will be held at the Neighborhood Community Center and I'll provide details of them as the dates approach. For now, mark your calendars with the following dates:
- Wednesday, August 29th - Mesa Verde Community, Inc., will host the first candidate forum for Costa Mesa City Council candidates.
- Monday, September 17th - The irrepressible Barbara Venezia and her collection of local news media honchos will host the always-fun Feet To The Fire Forum for Costa Mesa City Council candidates. No times have been announced yet, but I'll let you know ASAP when they are. I suspect it will probably commence around 6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 26th - The aforementioned Costa Mesa United combination forum for Costa Mesa City Council candidates and School Board candidates.
- Thursday, October 18th - The Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors Group will hold the final forum of the campaign season. Two years ago their event was the best of the bunch, so it will be worth waiting for again this year.
So far, nobody has stepped forward to host a forum for candidates for seats on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District or the Mesa Consolidated Water District boards. Historically, these races have been ignored by the public until they step into the voting booth, but this year there are some interesting elements in both.
A STEALTH TAKEOVER?
Based on the announced and presumed candidates for both organizations, it looks very much like the OC GOP intends to extend it's tentacles even further into our community by taking control of both boards. If events are scheduled for these races I'll let you know.
NO CHARTER EVENT SCHEDULED
And, there has been NO event announced that will cover, exclusively, Jim Righeimer's Charter - the most important issue on the November ballot for Costa Mesans.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
So, take out that big red pen and mark your calendars. I'll remind you again - probably several times - as the dates draw near.