Sunday Update - Trends Are The Same
Geez, I can't slip away for a nice quiet, but rainy, weekend without the wheels coming off! Technical glitches prevented me from posting updates on the local election results since late last week. However, the trends did not change and, as a result, John Stephens has apparently conceded the critical third spot on the dais to Gary Monahan according to the article in the Daily Pilot, HERE. Stephens has gradually lost ground to Monahan for the past few days and the gap between them is now 149 votes. That, of course, means that Monahan will rejoin Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger to form a 3-person majority - not a good thing for the city, in my view.
ROV'S STILL COUNTING...
The good folks at the Registrar of Voters office continued to work long and hard to complete their task as quickly and accurately as possible. The results shown below were posted Sunday and we will continue to see new results until every vote is counted. There cannot be many left, but we won't really know until we see that "Final Count" at the top of the page.
POSITIONS REMAIN THE SAME
Sandra Genis continues as the top vote-getter, followed by Mensinger, nearly 1,800 votes behind. He leads Monahan by just over 250 votes. Stephens trails him by 149 and is ahead of Colin McCarthy by more than 350 votes. Check out the nice story on Genis' return to the dais by Bradley Zint in the Daily Pilot, HERE.
THE MAJORITY DID NOT VOTE FOR RIGHEIMER'S PALS
As the vote tallying continues I think it's instructive to note that 53% of the votes cast in the Costa Mesa City Council race were NOT for the so-called "3Ms". Combine that with the fact that Genis was, by far, the highest vote-getter, Stephens came within a whisker of ousting 14-year councilman Monahan and Jim Righeimer's Charter went down in flames by an overwhelming margin and it will be hard for Righeimer and his cronies to claim any kind of "mandate" as a result of this election.
MESSAGE TO BAUGH - "STAY OUT OF COSTA MESA!"
And, when you fold in the abysmal performance of the OC GOP's chosen ones in the special district races - only Righeimer protege' Ethan Temianka was successful in defeating Trudy Ohlig-Hall - it looks like the Costa Mesa electorate has made it clear that they don't much care for their city being used as some kind of experiment for social change. After they - Baugh's OC GOP mob - turned their back on Fred Bockmiller in the Mesa Consolidated Water District District 1 race and endorsed lame duck (and lame brain) Mayor Eric Bever, who was then crushed like a cockroach by Bockmiller, the message was clear. And, when incumbents Jim Ferryman and Art Perry handily brushed aside the challenge by the OC GOP's hand-picked challengers Don Harper and Jeff Mathews in the Costa Mesa Sanitary District races like a couple flakes of dandruff on a dark blue coat, it became LOUD and CLEAR... butt the heck out of Costa Mesa! More on that when all the ballots have been counted.