Monday, August 13, 2012

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
Colin McCarthy
Al Melone
Steve Mensinger
Gary Monahan
James Rader
John Stephens
Harold Weitzberg

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.


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).

Wednesday, August 29 
Mesa Verde Community, Inc. hosts the first forum of the season.  Their president, Darnell Wyrick will moderate the event.  Doors open at 6:30 and the program will run from 7-8:30.

Wednesday, September 5 
Barbara Venezia and her merry band of journalist/interrogators will host a Feet To The Fire Forum for council candidates.  Doors open at 6:30 and the program runs from 7-8:30.

Thursday, September 20 
Costa Mesa United hosts a forum that will include all Costa Mesa council candidates plus the three school board members that were eligible to run for re-election.  Since none of them had opposition they will automatically perpetuate their terms without appearing on the ballot.  President Gordon Bowley will moderate this forum, the theme of which will be "Academics, Athletics and Activities".

Monday, October 15 
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.

Thursday, October 18 
Later that week my friends in the Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors Group will host the final council forum of this campaign season.  Doors will open at 6:30 and the event will run from 7 - 8:30.  This event, which two years ago was the best of the bunch, will be moderated again by Marnie O'Brien Primmer.  This will be the final chance for voters to see their candidates in action and to try to measure them before casting ballots.

If anything changes on any of these forums I'll immediately notify you so you can plan ahead.

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Blogger just wondering... said...

Who are these other two guys? I've seen absolutely no information about either of them.

8/13/2012 11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

Here's my hope......some of Riggy's, supporters get to the polls and look at the ballot in utter confusion knowing they are supposed to vote for the three "M"'s, but see 4! As a result, Melone winds up taking votes from Larry. Moe, and Shrimp.

8/13/2012 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Melone sounds like he could be splitting the votes, but...FOR THE OTHER GUYS!! *LOL* He's in favor of the charter, and outsourcing, so none of who we are interested in would touch him. This will be interesting.

8/13/2012 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Honeyman, yeah, thats what I see also. Very good, huh?

8/13/2012 12:38:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

I'm going to try this again, as I couldn't see a number in the code section:

Honeyman, yes, I see them spliting their votes also. No one that we talk to would vote in that manner, so he probably won't hurt us as much as them! Very good, huh?

8/13/2012 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

jw, I'm with ya', I don't know how West figures we can decipher those codes.....but I digress. It seems like Melone is a huge dog person, and one of the main points of his "platform" is to ban fireworks sales in our city, in a large part because when they get blown off all fourthb of July week, it scares his pooches so much. So with that fact alone he's light years of a better choice than any of the other "M"'s. But I don't see him taking votes away from the CM4RG slate either way.

8/13/2012 01:56:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

I have NO control over that stuff... Blogger requires it. Apparently, though, simply TRYING to type it is good enough.

8/13/2012 02:00:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

*laughing* I've noticed that also Geoff. I've posted with some numbers I couldn't read at all, and it still comes up. Makes it much easier. Some of those are really stumpers.

8/13/2012 03:47:00 PM  

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