Fitzpatrick Resigns From the Sanitary District Board
In a bitter letter to Costa Mesa Sanitary District General Manager, Scott Carroll, Fitzpatrick expressed his continuing disappointment in the CMSD Board for its attempt to remove him. His letter - which misstates the legal opinion recently provided by State Attorney General Kamala Harris - says that the receipt of his letter by the Board is "ending further legal processes on the Quo Warrento action". I'm not so sure that's actually the case. He expressed disappointment that the Board would not wait for his pal, Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, to "amend the language" that apparently prohibits Fitzpatrick - or anyone else - to hold seats on the Sanitary District Board and the Planning Commission simultaneously. Since Mansoor has ZERO clout in the Assembly, that could be a long, long, long wait. His closing sentence is a confusing one. He says, "My actions are designed to end further efforts by my fellow CMSD Board Members thereby eliminating any additional cost to both the District rate payers and myself." Say, what? End their efforts to do what? Get a legal decision that finally resolves this issue?
BOARD LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS
THUMBED HIS NOSE AT LEGAL ADVICE
Fitzpatrick, who ignored solid legal advice when he held seats on the Planning Commission and the Sanitary District simultaneously, faced the specter of very significant legal costs as his four peers on the Sanitary District board decided to pursue legal action to remove him. It is unclear at this time whether he will be responsible for legal fees accumulated by the Board in this matter.
WILL DON QUIXOTE RE-APPOINT SANCHO PANZA?
Sancho Panza" to Steve Mensinger's "Don Quixote" - to one of the two open seats on the Planning Commission and thereby ousting one of his former peers, either Chairman Colin McCarthy or Vice Chair Sam Clark. Regardless, it will certainly perpetuate the drama that Costa Mesa municipal governance has become over the past couple years. It's certainly worth the price of admission.