Special Council Meeting Tackles Two Issues
The Costa Mesa City Council will hold a Special Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in City Council Chambers. This meeting will commence at a special time - 7:30 p.m. - and will be preceded by a Special Closed Session commencing at 6:30 p.m. You can read the agenda for the Special Meeting HERE. Because this is a special meeting there will be NO public comments on non-agenda items, so those of you wishing to address other issues or just blow off steam will have to wait until the next regularly scheduled meeting.
VOTING BY DISTRICTS
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is the Voting Districts Formation. You will recall that at the last meeting Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer ignored the consultants and every member of the public that took time out of their lives to participate in this onerous process - one that is being forced upon us by litigation - and put forth a 6-district option which includes a directly-elected mayor. I attended every meeting held on this subject and not a single member of the public expressed any interest in this choice. Sadly, this has become typical of Righeimer and his buddy, Mayor Steve Mensinger. They think they know what's best for us and NEVER bother to listen to public input. Even worse, they chide members of the public with opposing viewpoints from the dais.
ONE ISSUE OR TWO?
Please read the staff report on this very important issue. The question of whether the City should present TWO options to the voters, bifurcating the term limits for a directly-elected mayor on the second option.
WHO CAN RUN FOR MAYOR IN 2018?
Also not clear to me is whether a council member with a term expiring 2019 could run for the directly-elected mayor position in the election of 2018 - the first time this issue will be contested based on the presentations being made. Katrina Foley and Righeimer will be termed-out at that time. Could either of them run for the directly-elected mayor position?
HOW WILL HE MANIPULATE IT?
It's going to be very interesting to see how Righeimer tries to manipulate this process tomorrow night. It should make for some interesting theater. As always, this will be televised live on CMTV and streamed live on the City website.
FOOLIN' THE PEOPLE, AGAIN
New Business #1, HERE, is the bogus attempt by the City Council majority to bypass the will of the people by presenting what they're saying is a competing issue to the initiative successfully circulated by the Fairview Park Preservation Alliance to restrict development in Fairview Park. That initiative WILL be on the ballot. The subject of this discussion theoretically tightens the focus specifically to a prohibition of sports fields in Fairview Park. I suspect the council will approve this issue being placed on the ballot and will probably also spend $8,400 per flyer for three flyers to advocate to the public for this issue instead of the citizen-generated initiative.
THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING
I'm not sure how this meeting will go. And, I'm not sure whether I will be in the house or watching it from home. I suspect many residents will present their views for the council majority to hear - but not consider. In any event, I expect to write about this following the meeting. Stay tuned.