Costa Mesa Sanitary District Audit Raises Questions
According to a story in the Daily Pilot by Bradley Zint, HERE, an independent audit of the contract trash hauler, CR&R Environmental Services, commissioned by the Costa Mesa Sanitary District Board of Directors late last year, raised a few questions. Zint does a good job of describing the issues involved. I did not attend the meeting due to a prior commitment, but have spoken to folks in attendance.
20% OF RESULTS QUESTIONED
The results of the audit, which apparently found 80% of the responsed to 31 questions posed by the Directors when they commissioned the audit to be satisfactory, was formally presented to the Sanitary District Board Tuesday at the regular meeting of their Operations Committee. This meeting functions much the way city council study sessions operate. The committee hears issues but, since it is not an official meeting of the full board, it cannot provide direction to the staff nor vote on any issue.
According to Zint's story, de-frocked Sanitary District director Jim Fitzpatrick was in attendance and, based on reports from the scene, somehow managed to hyperventilate his way through it. The questions and statements attributed to him by Zint sound like what he would say. It's likely he will never recover emotionally from resigning from the board under pressure. That's OK - he brought it on himself when he violated the rules by ignoring legal counsel and holding a seat on both the CMSD board and the Costa Mesa Planning Commission simultaneously.
ON THE AGENDA TOMORROW
I'LL REPORT MORE LATER...