Saturday, February 16, 2013

Nineteen People Vie For Sanitary District Seat

A quick peek at the Costa Mesa Sanitary District web site last night revealed that nineteen (19) individuals with very diverse backgrounds have submitted applications for consideration to fill the vacancy on the Board of Directors created by the resignation of Jim Fitzpatrick.


Some of the names, listed below, will be familiar to many of you because of their previous activism in the community.  Others are newcomers to community activism, but still bring interesting experience.  Most have strong academic credentials, some of which are combined with directly related work experience.  Some of those without relevant education or work experience have very significant previous community involvement.  For example,  I noted with great interest that former mayors Linda Dixon and Arlene Schafer are in the mix.  You can read the meeting agenda and all the applications and attached resumes HERE.


I'm very impressed with the roster of candidates who stepped up for consideration.  With such a wealth of talent from which to select, I suspect the four board members charged with picking a new member will have some difficulty. The "winnowing" process will take place at a meeting of the board on Tuesday, February 19th, at District headquarters, 628 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa at 11:00 a.m., according to the schedule of events on the web site.


If all the candidates show up Tuesday morning, and if any interested observers attend, the conference room at the District headquarters is going to be cozy, indeed.  It's going to be very interesting to see how that process plays out.


The original published schedule indicated that the board would meet again on Friday, February 22nd, to select the new member and again on February 27th to swear-in and seat that person.  That schedule apparently is subject to modification, depending on how that winnowing process goes on Tuesday.  I suppose it is possible that the new Director could be chosen as early as the meeting on the 19th.


Tamara Allee
Shivaji Deshmukh
Linda Dixon
Paul Flanagan
Tom Graham
Jeffrey Harlan
Michael Harmanos
Donald Harper
Mark Harris
Richard Kapko
Jim Konves
Lisa Manfredi
Al Morelli
Darrell Neft
Arlene Schafer
Jerry Totman
Russell VanDegrift
Dan Worthington
Johathan Zich

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Anonymous Guy Fahting said...

I think they should select Arlene and send a message

2/16/2013 04:18:00 PM  
Anonymous just curious said...

Hey Geoff,

Which candidate do you support for the open position?

2/16/2013 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous 5 directors for 13 employees? said...

yes, select Arlene and send a message that even though the voters rejected her and elected Fitz, this Board will say ""so what?" Hothead Harris would be a disaster though his girth would fit in well with Schafer and Ferryman. Worthington running again? Doesn't he ever get tired of the mounting losses? Then again, it would give him income to satisfy the judgment Fisler has against him from his last attempt at election. Don Harper would be fine, he was the next highest vote getter. But the fix has been in for Arlene for a long time. She hasn't been publicly hanging around Perry and Ferryman as much the last two months to hide their closeness and the fix. So, go with Dixon and stop the war on women.
The 11 am meeting time on Tuesday sure limits public access. Why not at 6 pm, after we get home from work? This is a lack of transparency. right sk?

2/17/2013 07:32:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

5 for 13,
Just an observation... Your choice of a pen name demonstrates a level of ignorance that is amplified by your comment. The number of employees in the district is irrelevant to the number of directors. They, the directors, have NO direct supervisory authority over the employees - that's the job of the General Manager. The number of directors is required to provide a breadth of representation for the rate-payers. The crumbling cornerstone of your "logic" makes your entire foundation suspect. What was it Forrest Gump said? "Stupid is as stupid does." Yep...

2/17/2013 08:33:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

just curious,
I don't know... I read the resumes. Lots of excellent choices. I'd need to talk with several of them first. Thanks for asking.

2/17/2013 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous 5 for 13 said...

wow, my ignorance really set you off! (or was it about the fix for Arlene?).

2/17/2013 09:01:00 AM  
Anonymous 1 for all said...

wow, 5 for 13 must be over the target with all the flak Geoff just gave him. hit a sore spot alright.

2/17/2013 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Job Corp said...

5 for 13:
"The 11 am meeting time on Tuesday sure limits public access. Why not at 6 pm, after we get home from work?"

As usual, we must ask the question, "Who is "we?" Surely it's not YOU in this context.

2/17/2013 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous tag h said...

it is I ! this lack of transparecy and public access at an 11 am meeting shuld be noted by cm4rg

Costa Mesa
At it's 11 am meeting the CM Sanitary District voted to appoint Arlene Shafer to fill the voided seat by Jim Fitzpatrick. Ironically, Mr. Fitpatrick handily defeated Shafer in an election for the seat two years earlier. Some residents have commented on the lack of public access due to the 11 am meeting time. Others say what is the point, the District was going to recycle regardless. This marks the second, but first successfull attempt, to appoint Shafer by a public body. Councilmember Wendy Leece had ordered an emergency agenda item to appoint Shafer to Vector Control, a seat Leece held. There was no call for additional applicants, just appoint her crony. This motion failed but Leece has now just lost her appointment to Vector and passionately asked the Mayor to be reappointed, that she loved the seat and had unfinished business there. Why she called an emergency meeting to resign two years earlier is a mystery.
-Tag Huer, associated organizer

2/17/2013 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous sk said...

5 directors - don't you have anything other than mud slinging to offer? Are you capable of an intellectual conversation? You said you would reveal yourself, you lied. I don't give much credit to a lying cowardly mud slinger.

2/17/2013 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous WINNING said...

Poor, poor Jimmy boy. Obsessing about Arlene again are we? Dude, you are so flippin messed up! Here’s the thing…you really don’t have much to brag about anymore. It’s time to let go. You will NEVER EVER EVER get the number of votes you got two years ago. Time to quit exaggerating about your victory over Arlene. You didn’t beat her by all that much, remember? You only had 11,783 votes. Now, let’s compare and contrast these figures as we talk about REAL winners, shall we?

Perry, Ferryman and Ooten all kicked your sorry, pathetic ass in the polls.
Art Perry: 16,667 and Jim Ferryman: 16,967 and Bob Ooten: 16,102
You are a loser now…kicked off of the Sanitary District, ZERO public votes.
One appointment to the PC by your buddies? Not the same thing.

2/17/2013 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Reality check said...

No sk, Jimmy doesn't have anything else to offer. He is just a sore loser, unemployed, EX director who keeps re-living his glory days. Time to wake up and smell the coffee...those days are long gone.

2/17/2013 07:42:00 PM  
Anonymous more transparency please said...

uh winning: you miss one VERY important thing about the vote totals: you are quoting (except for OOten) vote totals from a PRESIDENTIAL election year, mine (shiny object insert) was from an off year.oh yeah, i (shiny object) beat BOTH shafers! haha. the vote in presidential years is about 25 per cent higher. you loser, liars figure, eh?

2/18/2013 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous scoreboard said...

he did take out shafer, where does that put her? credit due to tremendous win by fitz.

2/18/2013 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous nauseous said...

Terri: you are so right karin. couldn't have said it better

Kim: yes, wendy works for the residents. Mensinger only has sycophants

Terri: so correct Kim. you have amazing insight and are pretty.

Kim: thanks Terri.

Alf: We are wonderful, aren't we?

2/18/2013 07:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Central Valley Farm Animals said...

We need Stevie back up here in Stockton to help with our manure problems! He was never suited for city life anyway, what with all that addition, subtraction, and good manners stuff.

Up here we tip cows and chest-bump anyone we don't like. So come home little Sheeba and bring your boy Fitzy too- we have lots of farm chores for both of you! No day job needed like in OC (wink wink)

2/18/2013 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Harper for the win! said...

Obviously, Harper gets the appointment. We heard many, many council critics (CM4RG?) who just happen to also be members of the anti-Fitzy crowd go on and on and on about how the only way to be fair and respect the will of the voters would be to appoint McEvoy to council.

Unless these folks are liars and hypocrites, Harper gets the appointment.

Harper just happens to be the most qualified as well - win win for Costa Mesa!

Congrats, Mr. Harper!

2/18/2013 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous all net said...

Yes, the SD Board will do the right thing and appoint Harper. They are above the antics of the city council. I too say congrats to Harper and to the SD Board for not recycling old, defeated Directors from the past.

2/18/2013 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Are u kidding? said...

All net and Harper for the win: why would theses guys select a person who campaigned with misinformation and advocated that the water district take over sanitary?

Not sure you are looking at the whole thing.

2/18/2013 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous The Rules Have Changed said...

Harper for the win. You are completley backwards. Council set the standard that you don't need to appoint the next highest vote getter. They set the tone and the criteria.

Arlene would be an excellent selection and there are others too. Harper don't know much about him other than he is most likely one of the foot soldiers. The city has and is getting too stacked with foot soldiers in both commissions and executive staff.

2/18/2013 07:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Get lost said...

Waa, waa, waa Fitzy…please try and run for something again, pretty please?
Presidential election year or not, you won’t win. You have lost everything. Most of all, you’ve lost all credibility. No matter how many times you post on this blog, no matter how many idiotic names you use…yep, you’re still a loser. We all know it and so do you.

P.S. Are you in love with Arlene or what?

2/18/2013 11:06:00 PM  
Anonymous I'll say it again said...

Unless these folks are liars and hypocrites, Harper gets the appointment.

But you have already begun the spin! What misinformation did Harper run on? He has more business acumen and financial knowledge than any of the sitting directors.

Why don't you educate us on the rate increase, so soon after Fitzy is gone.

2/19/2013 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Mark Harris said...

5 directors for 13 employees?,

It's a shame that you find it necessary to criticize me when you don't even know me. Take the time to learn about my background and opinions, and maybe even consider using your REAL name when commenting in a blog (although it's obvious who you are)... it might gain you some credibility, which it looks like you could use. If you have something to say about me in the future, talk to me face to face so you have all the facts before making ignorant statements.

2/19/2013 06:51:00 PM  

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