Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sanitary District Directors Thins The Herd

FROM NINETEEN TO SIX
At a special meeting at 11:00 a.m. this morning the four remaining directors of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board thinned the herd of nineteen applicants for the vacancy created by the resignation of disgruntled director Jim Fitzpatrick to six candidates.  Those six will be asked to present themselves for interviews at another special meeting on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at District headquarters.  The meeting was attended by five visitors - candidates Mark Harris and Al Morelli, activist Jim Mosher, former Water District Director Trudy Ohlig-Hall and your humble correspondent.

FINDING A FAIR SOLUTION
Guided by President Jim Ferryman, the directors - Art Perry, Bob Ooten and Mike Scheafer - arrived at what they felt was a fair way to winnow down the candidates.  Each said they had spent the past weekend reading through the resumes and other application paperwork for all of the candidates and all were impressed with the quality of applicants.  They acknowledged knowing some of the candidates and not knowing others.

THE PROCESS
Their solution to "thinning the herd" was for each director to present a list of their five top candidates.  Those four lists would be compiled by General Manager Scott Carroll.  The candidates who appeared on the most lists - the "highest vote-getters" - would be invited for personal interviews by the board Friday.  The maximum number invited would be five (5).

INDIVIDUAL CHOICES
Here are the lists that were presented in no particular order:
Art Perry - Jeffrey Harlan, Dan Worthington, Arlene Schafer, Richard Kapko and Mark Harris
Bob Ooten - Shivaji Deshmukh, Linda Dixon, Mike Harmanos, Al Morelli and Arlene Schafer
Mike Scheafer - Tamara Allee, Shivaji Deshmukh, Jeffrey Harlan, Al Morelli and Arlene Schafer
Jim Ferryman - Dan Worthington, Shivaji Deshmukh, Linda Dixon, Al Morelli and Arlene Schafer

AND THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE
The tally completed showed the following results:
Arlene Schafer - 4
Shivaji Desmukh - 3
Al Morelli - 3
Linda Dixon - 2
Jeffrey Harlan - 2
Dan Worthington - 2
Mike Harmanos - 1
Richard Kapko - 1
Mark Harris - 1
Tamara Allee - 1

THE FINALISTS
The board decided to invite six (6) candidates back - Schafer, Desmukh, Morelli, Dixon, Harlan and Worthington - rather than arbitrarily attempt to select two of the three candidates who received 2 votes each.  The directors will compile a list of questions to be asked.  Each director will ask two questions of each candidate, for a total of eight (8) questions per candidate.  The order of interviewing will be decided by drawing numbers from a hat or similar device.  Candidates will be sequestered outside the conference room  during the interviewing - but may stay once their interview is completed - to prevent any unfair advantage for those interviewed late in the process.


NEW DIRECTOR TO BE SEATED ON THE 27TH
Once the interviews are completed on Friday the board will select one to fill the Fitzpatrick vacancy.  It will be subject to a background investigation.  It is anticipated that the person selected will be sworn-in and seated at the next regular meeting, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

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21 Comments:

Anonymous Mesa Athletics said...

Wow! Arlene S. Like we didn't see this coming. No new blood for this group. Just continued business as usual. Vote to give themselves health benefits on our nickel and then jack up our sewer rates. Arlene will be great for this. She won't ask any questions. What a crock. This group is so corrupt, it's just shocking no one seems to care.

2/19/2013 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Fix is in said...

What a shock! What a surprise! Arlene Schafer is the top vote getter and Don Harper gets NONE.

Pathetic. Predictable. Fixed.

And you won't hear one word about this from the pathetic frauds at CM4RG.

2/19/2013 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Pax Romana said...

Troll "Mesa Athletics":

"Wow! Arlene S. Like we didn't see this coming. No new blood for this group. Just continued business as usual. Vote to give themselves health benefits on our nickel and then jack up our sewer rates. Arlene will be great for this. She won't ask any questions. What a crock. This group is so corrupt, it's just shocking no one seems to care."

Yea, yea. Go away Rig-boot licker. Rates are stable, the current group of directors is competent, and if selected, Schaefer would be competent as well.

The days of Little Jimmy disrupting and trying to make a name for himself have come to an end. Now it is time for him to be happy with the $400/ month PC gift money his buddies will give him, and work on his career, health, and personal issues.

2/19/2013 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Tic for Tac said...

If this group is corrupt, as you say, then what does that make the City Council? Choir Boys, hardly. Good for the San. District for doing the right thing. If anybody doesn't Like what is happening then go use another sanitation service.

2/19/2013 03:42:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Mesa Athletics...you'll get used to it, we did.

2/19/2013 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous sk said...

Why don't you state exactly how much the health benefit is costing Fitz or Mens? The directors pay the premium themselves. There is a minuscule charge the district pays to provide the benefit and you know this. Arlene has a lot of knowledge about the district and she asks plenty of questions for the good of the district. If Fitzy didn't need to feed his super ego and hold two seats this wouldn't be a topic right now would it?

2/19/2013 04:15:00 PM  
Blogger Mike H. said...

Thanks to the Board for the opportunity and for reviewing my application. Thanks to you, Geoff, for keeping us apprised in real time. Congrats to the six who made it.

2/19/2013 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Mike H. wrote:
Thanks to the Board for the opportunity and for reviewing my application. Thanks to you, Geoff, for keeping us apprised in real time. Congrats to the six who made it.

Me:
Mike Hermanos: Class act.
Fitzpatrick: Take notes.

2/20/2013 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Fix is in said...

Too bad Arlene won't ask why the trash contract isn't going out to bid.

2/20/2013 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous bob from costa mesa said...

I was a strong believer that Fitzpatrick should have resigned.

I will be disapointed if the board appoints Arlene or any other recycled board member.

We need new blood in Costa Mesa politics.

2/20/2013 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Sallie Mae said...

Troll Fix is in said...
"Too bad Arlene won't ask why the trash contract isn't going out to bid."

Asked and answered. New question: Why aren't all the people who attended Notre Dame intelligent?

2/20/2013 09:54:00 AM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Joe- well stated!
Mike H. is a class act Fitzy and the council boys could learn from.

2/20/2013 10:36:00 AM  
Anonymous great words said...

alf, i agree, joe nailed it with his comment.

terri: well said ! stop the war on women

Kim: aren't we all great and can recognize greatness also?

Cyndy: yes, we are awesome. the boyz are crooks

Patty: yes, riggy says jump, they ask how hi. Well stated Joe. at least Wendy is for the people

2/20/2013 01:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Troll Tracker said...

Among the council union's supplicants, McCarthy was the better pick for the 4 year PC seat.

Hey golfcart boy- how's that TWO year term feeling today?

It's still twelve thousand easy dollars for you. Wash a few cars each month and you're back in the middle class in no time!

2/20/2013 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Is this Costa Mesa or New Jersey? said...

Sallie Mae - the question has NEVER been answered.

Why waste the time posting your bald-faced lies here? You're anonymous, what do you have to lose by telling the truth?

2/20/2013 04:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Riddle me this said...

Time to stand down Fitzy. We are done with you and your ridiculous commentary on CMSD Directors.

I am curious about one thing though. How come you have never commented on the extremely high turnover at CMSD? Almost 100% of the office staff is gone…four employees have been fired, two left because of an inordinate amount of stress (caused by you and the GM) and two retired prematurely. Only ONE full time employee is left since Scott was hired three years ago. What the heck is happening? You are quite the spin doctor, please enlighten us. How has Scott Carroll managed to keep his job AND get increases every year? Any other executive would have been let go. These numbers are a pretty poor reflection of leadership skills if you ask me. Is Scott trying to position things to make it easy for your buddies to take over CMSD down the road? It’s obvious that without any long-term employees around to question what is going on, he can do whatever he wants and get away with it. Hmmm, very interesting.

2/20/2013 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous no crossed pipes said...

Mesa Water and Sanitation District sounds good.

2/20/2013 05:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Hmmm said...

Hi SK (Ridle me this),

Too bad the Board didn't get turned over also. Maybe we would have a decent trash contract...

2/20/2013 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Waiting said...

At least the Board was smart enough to overturn your sorry butt Fitzpatrick. That was the best decision they ever made. But, you didn’t answer the question….why hasn’t the Board thrown out Scott? After they appoint a new Board member, he should be the next to go. There needs to be some new blood in upper management as well.

2/20/2013 07:49:00 PM  
Anonymous sk said...

Hummm - My post are not anonymous. I agree with riddle me this in that there has been a high employee turnover rate at CMSD. A high employee turnover rate is something that should be questioned in every business. It is also true with high employee turn over important corporate knowledge is lost and employee morale suffers. Given my previous position with the district it wouldn't be proper for me to address the details of the comment.

2/21/2013 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Giving Jobs Away said...

Maybe the sand district wants to follow in the steps of the city and give jobs away to their buddies.

2/22/2013 11:53:00 AM  

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