Sunday, August 26, 2012

First Candidate Forum Wednesday

Just a reminder to mark your calendars.  The first of five (5) forums that will present an opportunity for the seven remaining candidates for the three Costa Mesa City Council seats available in November to dazzle you will be hosted by Mesa Verde Community, Inc. at the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (Lions Park) beginning at 6:30 on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

Our friends from Mesa Verde usually do a fine job with their forums and we expect this one will be no different.  It is our understanding that the Darnell Wyrick, president of Mesa Verde Community, Inc., will moderate the discussion.

Costa Mesa Television will also be on hand for the evening and will tape the event for later viewing.  I'll let you know when that replay schedule is posted.  It will also be available on streaming video, but not live.

I think this forum may have gotten a jolt of energy that might not otherwise have existed by the recent controversy swirling around Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer's encounter with the Costa Mesa Police Department.  He's not running - but his Charter is - and there's no doubt that it will be discussed Wednesday.

So, drag yourselves off the couch and cruise on over to the Neighborhood Community Center Wednesday evening.  A "meet and greet" for the candidates will begin at 6:30 and the formal program begins at 7, as you can see from the announcement I posted above.  See you there.

 Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center

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Anonymous Thanks for the source,railroader. said...

Railrodman, thanks for the source.

Since Geoff has moved on I'm carrying the discussion forward. I followed your link and remember the hearing. I ask again: Why should you bother with the truth when it's so much easier to make crap up! The Register always reports accurately? Not! The article was full of errors.

The Register took Sandy's quote out of context, as you do. The article, from 2010, was about how the Police Association offered a higher payment toward pensions. Many people, including Sandy, supported the Association’s willingness to make a much larger contribution that would provide a nice chunk of money for the city in exchange for a one-year extension on the contract. It was hardly greedy of the association to offer more of a contribution, it’s a step in the right direction and entirely worthy of support.

When Sandy Genis was on council she worked hard to keep benefits in line with what was reasonable and sustainable in good times or bad. The council started going nuts with benefits after Sandy’s term ended, when Eric Bever, Allan Mansoor and Gary Monahan were on the council together.

In the same article, Eric Bever spouted phony figures, with erroneous data. Salaries and benefits were not near 89% of the operating budget. They were slightly higher than they are now, which is a hair over 72%. That might sound high only to people who don’t understand that a city’s product is services, and that is what the operating budget is for. CM is low compared to similar cities. In addition to the operating budget, Costa Mesa has a capital budget that covers infrastructure.

Thanks for the heads up on what might be some typically misleading campaign literature from you guys. You know how us war- room guys appreciate that kind of helpfulness.

8/26/2012 02:30:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

If a cauldron is a euphemism for our local political scene, it had been at a pretty decent boil. But after Wednesday's festivities, we are dealing with a grease fire with an unknown outcome.

8/26/2012 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous railroadman, retired said...

you are welcome. remember to check salaries as a percentage of revenues as well as percentage of budget! check the 30 mill we blew throught too.

8/26/2012 07:36:00 PM  
Blogger Angry White Man said...

Will they be serving cocktails at this event?

8/27/2012 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

Only Diet Cokes, AWM...only diet cokes.


8/27/2012 02:42:00 PM  

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