Monday, November 17, 2014

OK, Now It's Official - Foley and Righeimer

FINAL NUMBERS
The Orange County Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley, has posted what is being represented as the FINAL COUNT for the Orange County races in the election almost two weeks ago. As I type this those same 50 paper ballots remain on the "to be counted" register.  The update may just be slow to load.

TODAY'S NUMBERS
As expected, little changed in the Costa Mesa City Council race from the last report Saturday evening.  Ramos and Simpson each gained two more votes.  Here is how the final tally looks today:
FOLEY THE CLEAR WINNER - RIGHEIMER HOLDS ON
Katrina Foley gathered the highest number of votes at 9,346, or 26.5%.  Jim Righeimer finished well behind her in second place with 7,524 votes, and will retain his seat on the dais.  Jay Humphrey finished 47 votes behind Righeimer with 7,477.  No word yet about a possible recount, but history shows us that it would be unlikely for him to make up that much ground on Righeimer.  Lee Ramos picked up 2 votes today and finished 4th with 5,305 votes.  Tony Capitelli finished 5th, well behind Ramos with 1,856 votes.  Al Melone has 1,470 votes and finished 6th.  Rita Simpson gained 2 votes today and ended up with 1,200 votes and Chris Bunyan finished last with 1,108 votes.

NO MORE COUNTING...
There is no countdown at the top of the Registrar's page, so we assume these are the final tallies, barring recounts.  Because there are a couple of even closer races in the county, the possibility of a recount in them is strong.  

O AND P....
In case you're wondering, Costa Mesa Measures O and P ended up as follows:
OK... NO MORE CHARTER CHATTER!
Once again, Jim Righeimer's attempt to jam a Charter down the throats of the voters was rejected.  This time it was even more firmly shoved back in his face.  Let's hope he finally gets the message this time.


MEASURING A SCREW-UP!
Measure P - the irrelevant advisory message on I-405 Toll Lanes that Righeimer demanded be placed on the ballot so he could show Sacramento officials just how much the residents of our city rejected the idea - was a disaster!  He won't be waving these numbers at anyone following the gaffe of placing two opposing questions on the ballot.  This was a non-starter from the beginning.  Now, those who are in favor of toll lanes can look at these results and say, "Hey, the folks in Costa Mesa seemed relatively unconcerned about it - at least 45.5% seemed OK with it."  Once again arrogance rears it's ugly head in Costa Mesa politics.



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