PLENTY OF REASONS TO VOTE NO ON "O"
There are many reasons NOT
to vote in favor of Measure "O", the most recent attempt by Mayor Jim Righeimer
to take over complete control of our municipal government and solidify his position as a de facto dictator. We'll enumerate them as time passes and we get closer to election day.
However, I cannot miss the opportunity to direct your attention to Charles Mooney'
s current commentary in the Daily Pilot, HERE
, which outlines the two sections of this very flawed document that, from my standpoint - and Mooney's too - are stakes in the heart of this measure - Sections 104 and 806.
PROBABILITY OF ABUSE OF POWER
Those segments provide the elected leaders of this city with unlimited power to do whatever they wish to do once this flawed document is adopted. The kind of probable abuse of power provided by those sections is precisely why Costa Mesa should remain a General Law city, with all the protections from abuse that form of government provides.
READ IT YOURSELF
You will likely hear and read lots of rhetoric about The Charter as we head for the election in November. It's hard to sort fact from politically-driven fiction. So, I invite you to READ
the document itself - it's not that complicated - and focus on Section 104 and 806. I think you'll find Mooney's opinion accurate. You'll find The Charter HERE
on the City web site. Additionally, if you go HERE
you'll find other links that might be helpful to you, including direct arguments for and against The Charter and rebuttals to each.
A "STACKED" COMMITTEE
Keep in mind that when folks tell you that The Charter was created by a "blue ribbon" committee, that committee was stacked by Righeimer and his majority on the City Council with folks who he knew shared his vision for the takeover of the government. I attended most of the Charter Committee meetings - I saw the interaction among the members and the bias they brought to the table. I watched as facilitators Kirk Bauermeister
and Mike Decker
toiled to keep the meetings productive. Attorney and former City Council candidate John Stephens
- an opponent of The Charter - outlined the process and the result in a recent Daily Pilot commentary, HERE
DON'T BE FOOLED...
So, don't be fooled by the smoke screen of Pension Reform - The Charter will do NOTHING
to resolve our Unfunded Pension Liability! Don't be fooled by the mantra of "Local Control" being chanted by supporters of Righeimer's latest Charter. That is code for more power in the hands of the elected leaders, NOT
the people of the community.
VOTE NO ON "O"!
Labels: Charles Mooney, Charter City, Jim Righeimer, John Stephens, Kirk Bauermeister, Measure "O", Mike Decker, Pension Reform