Monday, July 30, 2012

Costa Mesa Charter Vote Tomorrow

Just a reminder that the Costa Mesa City Council will meet at 7:00 Tuesday in council chambers to vote on whether to put Jim Righeimer's Charter on the November 6th ballot or not.  There is NO chance they will NOT put it on the ballot.  You can read the agenda HERE and the final (so far) version of the Charter HERE.

For those residents interested in this issue - the second-most important issue in the history of this city - you can join your neighbors to hear the discussion, watch the council majority ignore the pleas of those who have studied this bogus document and see a sample of how draconian the governance of this city will be if they get the power that this document provides to them.

It is interesting to note that, despite how the City touts itself as being the most transparent city around, the information about this particular meeting has been curiously missing or misleading.  For example, the most recent glossy marketing flier sent out to every Costa Mesa home shows the start time for this meeting as 6:00 p.m.  There actually has been a meeting scheduled for that hour - a closed session about labor negotiations and legal problems - but the charter hearing is at 7:00.

And, on the City's brand new web site, over on the right side where you can click on the Community Calendar tab to get the upcoming schedule of events, when I did that over the weekend and as recently as 3:30 Monday it shows the following.  Note - NO mention of EITHER council meeting.  I've called City Hall twice today about it and it has not been fixed.  Transparency is more than a word.

So, I'll see you all there tomorrow evening to watch what is being foisted off on us as the "democratic process" take place.  Yep, we'll see a charter document cobbled together by one man to meet his personal political agenda be sent on it's way to the unknowing voters of this city.

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Anonymous Costa Misery Continues said...

I'm looking very forward to this meeting just to see how these jack-asses act and treat the residents that get up there and speak. Every meeting is filled with rude and disrespectful antics by these low-level local semi-politicians and this meeting should be no different. Try and have some class, but why should they start now.

7/30/2012 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

This charter is a monumental failure. Its going to look really bad on their political resumes. If it were me, I would cancel it before it failed and follows them forever. But we will have to wait to see how smart they are.

7/30/2012 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Costa Messed Up said...

With these guys behind this charter, soon we'll be worse off than the City of Bell.

7/30/2012 08:50:00 PM  
Anonymous YES on Charter said...

Dear CouncilMEN,

When you vote YES, please look at Geoff West, the loser in the back row, when you do so.

This will be a vote for the silent majority, for the people who want local control and to lower the costs of municipal government.

If the first Charter vote had not been messed up by an employee, we would be enjoying the benefit of this action right now.

The investment in streets on the Eastside would have yielded about $660,000 in savings. Cold hard cash.

Geoff, as you stalk our good Council tonight, standing to take pictures, every snap of your picture I want you to hear the sound of $660,000 that we do not have to hire police or fire.

Once again West is on the wrong side of the issue.

Another good vote for the Costa Mesa tax payer.

7/31/2012 06:04:00 AM  
Anonymous letMEvote said...

Isn't it a "democratic process" to let the residents have a chance to vote on this? Why the fear of an election? You say this puts too much power in hands of council. Well, that power is a zero sum game. Right now it is in Sacramento with a bunch of libs being able to rip us off. If we are going to risk getting ripped off I would rather it be by a local council who we can either vote out or recall. More power locally is best. That is why charter wins.

7/31/2012 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Sam Grady said...

Yes on Charter...I believe you are mistaken about the costs savings stated in your statement above. According to the city website the eastside street improvements are being funded with Measure “M2” and state gas tax funds. Don't these funds require the payment of prevailing wages regardless of whether Costa Mesa is a charter city or not? Only projects funded solely from local sources are except from prevailing wages in charter cities. Measure "M2" and state gas tax are not local funds. Where did you get the idea the city would save $600,000?

7/31/2012 11:03:00 AM  

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