CHOICES ANNOUNCED TODAY
In a press release this afternoon the group, Costa Mesans For Responsible Government,
announced the candidates they will endorse in the Costa Mesa City
Council race. Their complete press release is at the end of this post.
Although they undertook a thorough vetting process to arrive at their
endorsements - dozens of their membership voted on this issue - the
results really did not surprise me. The candidates selected are former
mayor Sandra Genis, attorney and long-time Costa Mesa resident John Stephens and entrepreneur and activist Harold Weitzberg. They all are members of CM4RG. That, in my opinion, does not degrade the importance of this endorsement.
...FROM A SOLID GROUP
Costa Mesans For Responsible Government has been
portrayed by supporters of the slate of candidates that includes two
incumbents and a planning commissioner as some kind of a fringe element -
a bunch of loose cannons. That, of course, is far from the truth.
This group, cobbled together more than eighteen months ago in response
to their concern for what they saw happening in our city, is made up of
hundreds of residents that cover a broad range of political viewpoints -
including some of my fellow Republicans. This group may be a perfect
example of the old saying, "Politics makes for strange bedfellows."
I suspect the process they went through to arrive at this list of
endorsed candidates may have been very much like herding cats.
OPPOSITION CANDIDATES NOT VETTED
It's my understanding that Steve Mensinger, Colin McCarthy and Gary Monahan - the three candidates touted by the Orange County Republican Party - as well as newcomer Al Melone were NOT vetted by the group. In fact, the first three are a big part of the reason CM4RG exists.
AN INTERESTING SEASON AHEAD
The CM4RG candidates, in my view, are individually strong candidates
with their own special skills and history of accomplishments. I believe
they will make this campaign season especially interesting.
WHAT OF LESTER AND KRUPP?
I'm not sure what these endorsements will do, if anything, the candidacy of Sue Lester and Marshall Krupp
at this time. Krupp has given very strong indications that if he was
unable to garner wide, strong community support that he would withdraw
from the race. I guess we'll soon see. August 10th is the drop dead
NO "M"s FOR ME!
From my standpoint this process got a whole lot easier today. I simply will not vote for anyone with a surname that begins with an "M".
So, let the games begin...
RELEASE: Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Costa Mesans for
Responsible Government Endorses Three Candidates for Costa Mesa City Council
Costa Mesans for
Responsible Government (CM4RG.org
grassroots, non-partisan organization formed to encourage and promote high
levels of openness, accountability, integrity, and responsiveness in our City
Government, endorses Sandra (Sandy) Genis, John Stephens, and Harold
for Costa Mesa City Council in the upcoming November 2012
"We are pleased
to have three strong candidates who oppose the
city charter in its current form and who have the ability to communicate the change needed in Costa Mesa city government,"
said Robin Leffler, President of CM4RG. "Our endorsed candidates
have strong professional backgrounds
and thoughtful, common-sense solutions for Costa Mesa.
We believe Sandy
Genis, John Stephens, and Harold Weitzberg will work well together because
of their common values, in-depth knowledge of
the city's operations, land development, local, state, and
federal laws and how they affect residents,
taxpayers, local businesses, and city employees. We understand they will focus on
public services to protect the residents and
businesses and promote the smooth operations
of our city. They have the experience and willingness to deal with complex
budget issues in a collaborative and constructive way. Finally, Sandy, John,
and Harold have proven that they will do the right thing for the right
reasons. We could not be more pleased."
CM4RG established a non-partisan, three-tier process to select quality candidates, based on several criteria. These included prior involvement in Costa Mesa issues and
institutions, education and professional experience, ability to win in a highly
competitive election, and a high level of agreement with CM4RG’s mission and
An elected committee conducted personal
interviews. A panel of dedicated volunteers observed these
interviews. Then a summary
of answers from each of the candidates was prepared presented to an appointed
group of CM4RG members assembled to represent our broad based demographics,
including every major political party and area of the city. The group of
CM4RG's non-partisan, grassroots members was presented with a choice of 5
candidates interviewed. After group discussion a secret ballot was cast. The vote was unanimous for Sandy
Genis, John Stephens and Harold Weitzberg.
was formed in early 2011 to return Costa Mesa to an open, responsible,
transparent government that is responsive and accountable to its people.
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