Charter Committee Meets Again On Wednesday
The committee created by the Costa Mesa City Council to cobble together a charter for the city will meet again on Wednesday, July 24th, in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) beginning at 6:00. Recent meetings have lasted about three hours and are being facilitated by Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, Principal of Estancia High School, and Dr. Mike Decker, Pastor of Palm Harbor Church. Legal issues are moderated by former City Attorney Kimberly Hall Barlow and Yolanda Summerhill, both of Jones and Mayer. You can read the agenda HERE.
INVOKING A DEITY...
This meeting should be interesting for a couple reasons. First, the issue brought up by member "Tea Party Tom" Pollitt of having an invocation at the beginning of the meetings continues to percolate. Playing it semi-safe, this has devolved into a "Moment of Silence", which doesn't seem to have placated Pollitt. At this meeting the issue has been placed on the agenda and a staff report prepared by Kelly Shelton, Executive Assistant to CEO Tom Hatch, HERE, seems to indicate that a new council policy may be necessary to authorize a "Moment of Solemn Expression" for the committee.
SO MANY TENTACLES...
This is an interesting issue for many reasons. First, no other committee of which I am aware observes such an event in their meetings. In fact, no other committee even says the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag - which this committee has done at each meeting so far. And, the committee members are not unanimous in their views on this subject. In fact, a couple members have strongly expressed an opinion that such an event violates their own personal beliefs.
And, one of the facilitators is a pastor, so he's probably squirming as this issue is considered. And, the agenda item comes AFTER the Moment of Silence this week. As I said.... interesting.
CONTRACTING TO BE DISCUSSED
The other interesting item on the agenda is Item 9, Public Contracting. You can read the staff report HERE. This will be an important discussion since this issue has been one of the cornerstones of Mayor Jim Righeimer's obsession with converting Costa Mesa into a Charter City. I suspect this will make for a lively discussion as the "sides" on this committee begin to make their views known.
NEXT MEETING NEXT MONTH
The committee will meet next on August 14th.