Candidates and Forum Dates
According to the Costa Mesa's Interim City Clerk, Brenda Green, this morning, there will be eight (8) candidates on the ballot for the three council seats available in November. Apparently late-filer Tom Hopkins did not have enough signatures on his petition. So, in alphabetical order, here are the folks from whom you will make your selection:
Sandra L. "Sandy" Genis
WHO IS THIS GUY?
I hope to spend some time with James Rader early this week to find out what prompted him to jump into this race so late in the game, what his views are on the issues, etc. I'll report more when I know it.
Also, the Medical Marijuana initiative failed to qualify for the November ballot. Although the proponents turned in 6,777 signatures, 5811 were required but only 5,703 were valid.
POLITICAL FORUM SCHEDULE
So you can plan your fall candidate viewing, here is the most recent version of the schedule of Political Forums in Costa Mesa. Each of these events will be held at the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (at Lions Park next door to the library).
Barbara Venezia is back for another Feet To The Fire Forum at which the subject will be Jim Righeimer's Charter. She and her fellow interrogators will moderate a discussion between proponents and opponents of this issue. At this point we understand Jim Righeimer will be one of the proponent panelists and, perhaps, Orange County Employee Association General Manager Nick Berardino as one of the opponent panelists. Other panelists are unknown at this time.
If anything changes on any of these forums I'll immediately notify you so you can plan ahead.