ONE MORE TIME
OK, I lied! Geez, you'd think I was Colin McCarthy
or Steve Mensinger
, for goodness sakes!
LAST TIME TONIGHT
This is the final update tonight, er, early this morning. All precincts have been reported, so some of the races clearly are over. That's good news and bad news.
REGISTRAR OF VOTERS SITE
You can visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters site HERE
any time you like. They will continue to update these numbers through Wednesday and beyond, if necessary.
To absolutely nobody's surprise, Dana Rhorabacher
"squeaked out" a win over challenger Ron Varasteh
MANSOOR DEFEATS RUSH
In a race that was actually closer than most thought it might be, ineffective, but malleable, Republican Allan Mansoor
defeated moderate Democrat Bob Rush
GENIS, MENSINGER AND MONAHAN (MAYBE) WIN
It appears that former mayor Sandra Genis
, former mayor Gary Monahan
and Steve "I'd rather be coaching football" Mensinger
have secured seats on the Costa Mesa City Council. I say "appears" because the spread between Monahan and challenger John Stephens is only 355 votes. It will be interesting to see how the counting of provisional ballots affects that race.
BOCKMILLER, FISLER AND TEMIANKA WIN MCWD SEATS
Incumbents Fred Bockmiller
and Jim Fisler
whipped challengers Eric Bever
and Dan Worthington
, respectively. Righeimer Protege' Ethan Temianka
out-spent and out-worked Trudy Ohlig-Hall
and took the seat she's held for decades.
PERRY AND FERRYMAN HOLD ON TO THEIR SEATS
Incumbents Art Perry
and Jim Ferryman
managed to hold onto their seats on the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board despite being outspent by challengers Don Harper
and Jeff R. Mathews
JIM RIGHEIMER'S CHARTER THUMPED
Perhaps the best news for all Costa Mesans is the fact that nearly 60% of the voters rejected Jim Righeimer's bogus charter scheme. Righeimer has loudly stated that if it lost he'd bring it back at the first opportunity, which would be the primary election in 2014. I hope he reconsiders that move or, at least finds a way to convene a commission to study and recommend a proper charter - one that does not carry all the political self-serving baggage this one has and includes proper safeguards against abuse and corruption. We'll see.
MEASURE EE PASSED
Measure EE, Newport Beach's proposal to make 38 changes to it's charter passed soundly.
MEASURE M BOND ISSUE PASSES
The bond measure raise money for the Coast Community College District passed.
MORE COUNTING REMAINS
There's still a long way to go before these results can be certified. Provisional ballots and a few others must be counted. That could take at least the remainder of this week. However, I can hear the fat lady tuning up off in the distance.
If the Costa Mesa council race tightens up between Monahan and Stephens it's possible someone might ask for a recount... we'll see.
THAT'S IT FOR NOW...
More updates to follow later - I'm going to bed!