Costa Mesa Charter Committee Meeting Tomorrow
The Costa Mesa Charter Committee meets again tomorrow, October 23, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) near the Costa Mesa Police headquarters. You can read the agenda for that meeting HERE.
ON THE AGENDA
Scheduled for discussion, under "Governance" are "Firewall between CEO and Council Members", HERE, local control in decision making, and "Compensation of Council Members and top management", HERE.
If you're interested, you can also review the comments submitted by committee members to the other members via the City Clerk, HERE. These comments are anonymous - curious practice - but it does give you a sense of the views of some members.
PREVAILING WAGE ISSUE NOW IRRELEVANT
Snowbound, I missed the past two meetings of this committee, which made some "progress" when it finally cobbled together language regarding the Prevailing Wage issue. However, since that decision Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 7, which severely penalizes cities - including Charter cities - if they fail to pay prevailing wages on certain projects. It will be interesting to see if this issue is discussed tomorrow - it's not on the agenda. Since two members of the public who regularly attend the meetings, Charles Mooney and Mike Harmanos, published letters to the editor in the Daily Pilot today, HERE, addressing this issue, I suspect it is likely that one or both of them may choose to address it with the committee during their two-minute Public Comments opportunity.
TIME TO ABANDON THIS EFFORT
In my opinion, going forward with any consideration of a charter at this time is a colossal waste of time. The cornerstone of the plan for this change in municipal governance as espoused by its primary sponsor, Mayor Jim Righeimer, was to save the community tons of cash by eliminating the Prevailing Wage requirement. Whether that would have been the case has become a moot point now. In my view, there is no longer any reason to abandon the protections provided to us as a General Law city - not that there ever was in the first place. Although I hope rational folks within the City government will realize the folly of moving forward with this process and call it off, I doubt that will happen. No, these volunteers and the folks facilitating their actions will just plow forward to present a document to the council that will have virtually no chance of passage if it reaches the November, 2015 ballot.
SOMETIMES CONTENTIOUS PROCESS
So, if you enjoy watching sausage being made by a committee that is usually cordial and compatible, although their opinions differ greatly on key issues, join us at the EOC. It's my understanding that the last meeting included some fireworks that caused one member to storm out in anger. See you there...