A Fun Time Ahead On Tuesday
Next Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the Costa Mesa City Council will meet at its regularly scheduled meeting - the final one of the month - at 6:00 p.m. in council chambers. A closed session will precede it at 5:00.
This meeting promises to be short, but potentially very entertaining. As I prepare to post this at 2:00 p.m. Friday the agenda has not yet been posted, but I got a sneak peek at it, so will whet your appetite for what's ahead. Agenda now available HERE.
HERE, is the appointment of new Planning and Parks and Recreation commissioners. Originally there were to be five (5) appointments, but now there are six (6) because Parks and Recreation Commissioner Dan Vozenilek resigned suddenly Thursday, creating four (4) slots open on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
The Planning Commission presently consists of the following individuals (the termination of their appointments is shown in parenthesis):
- Colin McCarthy, Chair (Feb. 2013)
- Sam Clark, Vice Chair (Feb. 2013)
- Rob Dickson (Feb. 2015)
- Ed Salcedo (Feb. 2015)
- Jeff Mathews (Feb. 2015) He's filling out the unexpired term of Jim Fitzpatrick, who resigned last year.
*APPLICANT RESUMES AVAILABLE HERE.
PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION ROSTER
The Parks and Recreation Commission presently consists of the following individuals.
- Kim Pederson (Feb. 2013)
- Dean Abernathy (Feb. 2015)
- Vacant (Feb. 2015) - Ethan Temianka's position, who resigned following his election to the Mesa Consolidated Water District Board in November.
- Vacant (Feb. 2013) - Jeff Mathews position, who was appointed to the Planning Commission
- Vacant (Feb. 2015) - Dan Vozenilek position. He resigned Thursday.
*APPLICANT RESUMES AVAILABLE HERE.
ROSTER OF APPLICANTS
Here's the roster of applicants for the positions on both the Planning and Parks and Recreation Commissions. Three people, Byron de Arakal, Devin Lucas and Tim Sesler, have applied for a seat on both commissions and are noted by the asterisk (*) beside their names. (click on the image to enlarge)
FITZPATRICK GIVES THE AG "THE FINGER"
ARROGANCE AND/OR STUPIDITY
WILL THE COUNCIL COMPOUND THE PROBLEM?
WILL THE COUNCIL OUST CLARK AND/OR MC CARTHY?
Under more normal circumstances the top question here would be whether the council is willing to dump either Sam Clark or Colin McCarthy - or both - from the Planning Commission. Clark has been a loyal GOP foot soldier and has not done a bad job on the commission. McCarthy managed to irritate a lot of people around town during his failed City Council campaign last year, so I'm wondering if they will cast him aside.
KRUPP IS BACK
ELEANOR EGAN IS BACK, TOO
Long time activist and former city employee, Eleanor Egan has directly related experience, having been a member of the Planning Commission in the recent past. She served with distinction during her tour and was always a voice of reason on the commission.
STEVE SMITH? REALLY?
Columnist Steve Smith is on the list. That's interesting, since he has zero background for this kind of an assignment.
BYRON'S BACK, TOO
Byron de Arakal applied for either commission, has been on the Parks and Recreation Commission in the past - including a tour as Chairman - and did a great job.
Two recently-active young lawyers, Devin Lucas and Tim Sesler, have applied for both, too. Personally, it might be fun to have them on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Sesler has proven to be pretty thin-skinned when it comes to criticism of his views as expressed in commentaries in the local media and in the comment threads online.
MORE THAN A ONE-TRICK PONY
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST, TOO
Other items on the agenda include the re-naming and re-tasking of the Investment Oversight Committee, HERE, and Mayor Jim Righeimer's appointments to the Conference and Visitor's Bureau Board, the Transportation Corridor Agency and the Orange County Vector Control District, HERE. At this point the agenda is not posted on the City web site. When that occurs the applications for all the individuals will be available online for our review. I'll comment more at that time.