A Hostile Takeover Of The Costa Mesa Sanitary District?
According to informed sources, rumor has it that the Board of Directors of the Mesa Water District may be planning to attempt a hostile takeover of the Costa Mesa Sanitary District.
PUSHING FOR A QUICK REPLY
Apparently officials of Mesa Water have approached the Costa Mesa Sanitary District with a proposal for Mesa Water to absorb the Costa Mesa Sanitary District and have asked for an early response from the CMSD Board on this issue. It's my understanding that no discussions by the CMSD Board have taken place yet and it's not clear whether the Mesa Water Board has held official discussions, either in open or closed sessions.
This is interesting, but not surprising. It would represent a further expansion of the sphere of influence by certain city politicians over all segments of our lives - and not for the better in my humble opinion.
AN ODD MOVE
Normally, if a special district attempts to take over another it's because that district is in financial difficulty. That's what makes this so curious, since both Mesa Water and Costa Mesa Sanitary District are on solid financial footing. In fact, the CMSD is currently negotiating the sale of their current facility on West 19th Street and is purchasing a newer, larger facility near John Wayne Airport.
IS MONAHAN INVOLVED?
There could be many things at play here. For example, it is presumed that Gary Monahan will, once again, try to land a seat on the CMSD board since he's termed out on the City Council again for the second time. He's already apparently spouting off about what he will do when elected to that body. Could this be the first step to attempt to discredit incumbent candidates? Seems likely.
HE'S STAYED TOO LONG AT THE TROUGH
On that subject, it's my opinion that Monahan has spent much too long at the public trough. For the past five years he's demonstrated a willingness to just "phone it in" - go with the flow of the council power couple, Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger. Because he's virtually a guaranteed third vote, the council has had few study sessions at which controversial and important issues could be fleshed out by the council and public before an official vote is taken.
IT'S ALL ABOUT POWER
Mesa Water has a similar unbreakable troika, with Shawn Dewane, Jim Fisler and Ethan Temanka controlling the agenda. All three are tight with the council majority.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It would seem that the Costa Mesa Sanitary District has no reason to consider such a move. Stay tuned...