Friday, November 18, 2016

Local Election Results As Of 11/18/16


(Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley)
HOT OFF THE PRESSES
Here are the latest local election results as of 5:00 p.m., November 18, 2016.  There remains  ballots left to count for all of Orange County.  The Registrar of Voters staff will be working Saturday, November 19th, but those numbers will be included in the Monday, November 21st report.  They are NOT working Sunday.  They WILL be working Monday through Wednesday next week, will be off Thanksgiving and Friday after, but WILL be working Saturday and Sunday, the 26th and 27th and the following week to complete their task.  They MUST complete the count by December 8th.

COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL
Sandy Genis continues to lead, holding a 227 vote margin over John Stephens.  Stephens holds a margin of 2,520 votes over Allan Mansoor.  Mansoor increased his lead over Mayor Steve Mensinger to 503 votes.  Jay Humphrey closed up on Mensinger and now trails him by only 41 votes.  Lee Ramos and Al Melone trail the field.
COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT
Incumbent Jim Ferryman has a commanding lead - 2,986 votes over fellow-incumbent Art Perry.  Perry leads Gary Monahan by 4,790 votes.  Self-professed "solutioneer" Jim Fitzpatrick trails Monahan by 2,456 votes, missing out on that seat he promised us he would win by more than 7,000 votes, and Christopher Luntsford trails.
MESA WATER DISTRICT
Incumbent Jim Fisler leads challenger Alex Reich by 1,499 votes.
GROWTH ISSUES
Measure Y - the Smart Growth Initiative is passing with a 2-1 margin.  Measure Z, the City-generated measure designed to confuse the voters, is passing, but by a much smaller margin.
FAIRVIEW PARK ISSUES
Measure AA, the citizen-generated measure designed to protect Fairview Park, is passing by a wide margin - much more than 2-1.  The city measure - BB - which was placed on the ballot to confuse the voters, is failing.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ISSUES
Both citizen-generated medical marijuana measures - V and W - are failing.  Measure X, the City-generated substitute is passing.
VOTE BY DISTRICTS
Sadly, Measure EE - Jim Righeimer's hijacked measure that includes a directly-elected mayor, is passing.  He finally managed to fool the public.
MESA WATER HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF CMSD
This meaningless measure is passing.
COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
All incumbents for Coast Community College District seats are passing by wide margins.
NEWPORT MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
All incumbents in the Newport Mesa Unified School District races are passing by wide margins.
74TH STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Matt Harper will defeat Karina Onofre
37TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
John Moorlach will defeat Ari Grayson
48TH UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
 Dana Rohrabacher will defeat Dr. Suzanne Savary

WHAT'S LEFT TO COUNT?
Estimate of Ballots Left to Count - 92,484
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Left to Count - 2,277
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Returned at the Polls Left to Count - 5,227
Provisionals Left to Count - 83,624
Election Day Paper Ballots Left to Count - 1,342
Eligible Vote-by-Mail Ballots Received After election Day Left to Count - 262

NEXT REPORT MONDAY, 11/21/16 AFTER 5:00 P.M.
Have a wonderful weekend...  relax and enjoy yourselves.
 

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Special Planning Commission Meeting Monday


FOUR ITEMS CONTINUED FROM NOVEMBER 14TH
The Costa Mesa Planning Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, November 21, 2016 in City Council Chambers beginning at 6:00 p.m.  You can read the agenda for this meeting HERE.
BRUTAL MEETING SCHEDULE
This meeting was scheduled to hear those four items continued from the previous meeting on November 21st.  That meeting was dedicated to hearing the first of an avalanche of sober living issues that will be facing the Planning Commission over the next few weeks.  It's my understanding that there will be meetings on the 21st, the 28th, December 5th and the 12th - an unbelievable workload for the city staff to manage.

COULD BE A SHORT MEETING
This meeting should move fairly quickly.  The four items on the agenda seem to be fairly straightforward.

SMALL LOT SUBDIVISION AT 166 ROCHESTER STREET
Public Hearing #1, HERE, is a small lot subdivision for two units at 166 Rochester Street.  The staff recommends approval.

ACCESSORY STRUCTURE AT 321 ROCHESTER STREET
Public Hearing #2, HERE, is a variance request to build a two-story detached accessory structure within the rear yard setback at 321 Rochester Street.  This structure would be used for an exercise room/storage on the ground floor and an office on the second floor.  The staff report is full of conditions. The request is to change the rear yard setback from 20 feet with a two-story structure to 5 feet.  The staff recommends approval.

PARKING AT 3O33 BRISTOL STREET
Public Hearing #3, HERE, is a for a minor conditional use permit to deviate from shared parking requireents to all ow two reserved parking spaces in front of Suite A to accommodate patrons of the Watch Connection.  Staff is recommending denial of the request.
440 FAIR DRIVE - FINALLY
Finally, Public Hearing #4, HERE, is the controversial development planned for 440 Fair Drive.  This issue has many of the residents of the nearby College Park neighborhood up in arms.  I anticipate a crowd, despite this meeting falling during the run-up to the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  This one is unusual in may ways. For example, the staff report implies that no decision will be made at this meeting.  According to the report, the staff has learned of code enforcement violations that persist at the site despite their efforts to encourage the applicant to correct them.  As a result, at this time the staff is recommending the Commission:
  1. Receive any additional public comments.
  2. Close the public hearing.
  3. Direct the applicant to meet again with the residents to address their concerns and/or revise the project.
  4. Direct the applicant to continue to work with Code Enforcement staff to clear all violations on the property.
I suspect the neighbors will show up angry and vocal... we'll see.

NEXT MEETING ON 11/28/16 - MAYBE
The next Planning Commission meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, November 28th.  No agenda has been released for that meeting yet.
Oh, yes... We here at A Bubbling Cauldron wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Measure AA Immediately Impacts Parks Commission Business


DIMINISHED COMMISSION AND SHORT AGENDA
The Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission met Thursday night to discuss a small agenda.  Chairman Brett Eckles was absent, so Vice Chair Bob Graham conducted the meeting.  It didn't take long for Measure AA, the ballot measure that is passing overwhelmingly, to impact this meeting.
FIX THE ARROYO
Resident Kim Hendricks spoke during Public Comments addressed the problems at Fairview Park regarding the illegal filling of an arroyo, provided historical photos to illustrate the issue.  She asked that the arroyo be restored to it's natural state.
DE ARAKAL PRAISES MENSINGER AND MONAHAN
During Commissioner Comments Byron de Arakal addressed his admiration for both Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan.  Regarding Mensinger he said, "Whether you like him or don't like him or you don't like the policies he's advancing or you do, there's nobody that's ever sat on this council that's cared more or worked harder than he has to improve the City of Costa Mesa."  He went on to further praise his work in youth sports and also thanked Mensinger's family.  He then went on to state that he, de Arakal, owed his career in public service to Monahan, who asked him to serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission back in 2003.  He said, "No one has achieved more for this city as a councilman or woman than Gary Monahan."  He closed by wishing Sandra Genis, John Stephens and Allan Mansoor all the best on the City Council.  As most of you who read these pages know, Byron de Arakal is my friend and the reason you're reading this.  We don't always agree on issues, but we can always talk about them.  In this case, while I appreciate his loyalty to his friends and views on Mensinger and Monahan, I think they were over the top when you consider the long list of outstanding municipal leaders this city has had in more than 60 years of existence.  Just sayin'...
MERCURIO PRAISES FRANCIS
Commissioner Julie Mercurio thanked Assistant CEO Rick Francis for his role in defusing some kind of a  unity  protest gathering scheduled at Wilson Park today, Friday.  She spoke about how "the community" - I'm thinking she was referring to the denizens of her Costa Mesa Public Square Facebook page - "reached out" to the organizers and made it clear that such an event wasn't appropriate for Wilson Park, so they decided to move it to Civic Center Park, across the street from the Police Headquarters.  This, apparently, is where Francis became involved following contact by "the community" with city officials.  She went on at length to explain his role in getting the event cancelled.
PEDERSON CONGRATULATES THE WINNERS, CRITICIZES CRITICS
Commissioner Kim Pederson also congratulated the successful candidates, then used his time to complain about critics of public officials.  He cautioned the public to drive safely over the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.
GRAHAM GRATEFUL, TOO
Graham also congratulated the successful candidates and thanked the staff.
SHIFFER PARK CELL SITE CHANGES CONTINUED TO JANUARY
Commissioner Byron de Arakal moved to continue the item on the agenda regarding the modification of a Cell Site at Shiffer Park until their meeting in January, 2017.  That passed, 4-0.
TREE REMOVAL REQUEST DENIED, BUT...
Next up was the tree removal request at 360 Bucknell Drive.  This is the second consecutive meeting the applicant has requested this removal.  This had been pushed off so the staff could ascertain the property lines and setbacks at this location to determine if the City or the applicant owns that tree.  Turns out the City owns the tree.  After a short discussion it was moved to deny the removal request and direct the staff to work with the applicant to firm up pruning schedules and the possible application of a pre-emergent herbicide.
FAIRVIEW PARK ANNUAL REPORT, BUT WAIT - MEASURE AA
Before City Engineer Bart Mejia could present the remaining issue, the Fairview Park Annual Report, de Arakal advised the commission that he was going to move that this item be continued until at least January.  He launched into a long explanation about why - that Measure AA may impact plans for existing projects planned for the park, so he wanted the City Attorney to review and provide direction.   (See below)
SERIOUS BLUFF EROSION
Public Comments were heard before a motion could be presented.  Bill Bowman spoke to the commission about a problem he's having with the bluff erosion at his home above Talbert Nature Preserve and Fairview Park.  He spoke at length about the work he's had to do - lugging 46,000 buckets of dirt and sand bags to stabilize his slope for fear it would fail.  His area is part of the West Bluff restoration project, so it will be reviewed as that project proceeds, if it proceeds. (see below)

RESTORE THE DARN VERNAL POOLS!
Kim Hendricks again spoke, reminding the commission that residents want the vernal pools restored, wants the city staff to go after grants and that the residents have spoken loud and clear with Measure AA.
CONTINUE TO JANUARY AND MORE
Following discussions about these items de Arakal reiterated his motion.  Specifically, here's the complete text of his motion: "To continue this item to our January meeting.  That we recommend to the City Council that they ask the City Attorney to provide a legal opinion on which projects listed in the Fairview Park Annual Report dated November 10th, 2016 would fall under the provisions of Measure AA and report back to us at that January meeting on that legal opinion.  And then recommend to staff to reconvene the Fairview Park Citizens Advisory Committee as soon as possible.  Have them examine the work they've done to date and the work they need to do to complete their work with respect to the provisions of Measure AA and provide their report to the commission on their recommendations for Fairview Park Master Plan at our April, 2017 meeting." Julie Mercurio seconded it.  We're presuming that the legal opinion must precede any meetings by the committee and it's highly unlikely that the committee could be brought back together before the year-end holidays.  And, how many of them are left?  Will they have to add members.  Will Steve Smith be in charge?  So many questions...

CRITICIZING CRITICS
Before a vote could be taken Commissioner Pederson launched into a mini-rant, criticizing speakers before them - he was looking directly at Kim Hendricks at the time - who purport to speak for all residents of the city.

The vote was then taken and it passed, 4-0.
PARKS REPORTS
Bart Mejia and Tom Coughlin(sp?)then provided a report on parks and maintenance of them.
GOOD-BYE, NCC
Recreation Manager Justin Martin provided an overview of the recreation programs and upcoming events.  One thing he mentioned was that the Neighborhood Community Center will be closed the end of the year in preparation for the $30+million complete renovation of the Lions Park - new library, re-purposing the existing Donald Dungan Branch Library building as a community center and major landscaping changes.  He said all the existing users have been able to find meeting spaces elsewhere for the duration of the renovations.

ADJOURNED UNTIL JANUARY
The 70 minute meeting was adjourned to January, 2017.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Local Election Results for November 17, 2016

STILL MANY VOTES TO COUNT
Here are the most recent local election results, produced by the Orange County Registrar of Voters as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 17, 2016.  Even though Registrar Neal Kelley's folks have made great headway, there remain 122,028 Orange County votes to count.  It is estimated by Kelley's staff that it will take well into the first week of December to complete the counting and certification.  It is presumed that will be after the regularly-scheduled City Council meeting on December 6th, so a Special Meeting has already been scheduled on December 13th to receive the certified results and to announce the winners and officially name the new council members.

COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL
The ratios remain about the same, although Sandy Genis is pulling away from John Stephens slightly.  Stephens holds a 2,431 lead over Allan Mansoor.  Mansoor extended his lead over Mayor Steve Mensinger to 491 votes.  Jay Humphrey trails Mensinger by only 48 votes - sound familiar?  Lee Ramos and Al Melone trail the field.
COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT
Incumbents Jim Ferryman and Art Perry hold commanding leads for the two positions available.  Perry leads Gary Monahan by 4,702 votes.  Jim Fitzpatrick and Christopher Luntsford trail the field.
MESA WATER DISTRICT
Incumbent Jim Fisler leads challenger Alex Reich by 1,477 votes.
GROWTH MEASURES
Citizen-generated Measure Y, the so-called Smart Growth Initiative, is passing with a more than 2-1 margin.  The City-generated Measure Z, designed to confuse the voters, is also passing, but with a much smaller margin.
FAIRVIEW PARK MEASURES
 Citizen-generated Measure AA, created to protect Fairview Park from development, is passing with a huge margin - more than 2-1.  Measure BB, the City-generated measure designed to confuse voters, is failing.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEASURES
 Both citizen-generated Medical Marijuana initiatives, Measures V and W, are failing badly.  Measure X, the City-generated measure designed to "compete" with those two, is passing by a substantial margin.
VOTING BY DISTRICTS
Unfortunately, Jim Righeimer's bogus hijacked measure is passing, so the City will be saddled with 6 voting districts PLUS a directly-elected mayor beginning in 2018.
HOSTILE TAKEOVER BY MESA WATER OF CMSD
This bogus advisory measure foisted on the voters by the Mesa Water District Board is passing, but not by a huge margin.
NEWPORT MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
All incumbents in these three races continue to hold substantial leads over their challengers.
COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
All incumbents in these three races hold large leads over their challengers.
74TH STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Matt Harper will beat Karina Onofre in this race.
37TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
John Moorlach will beat Ari Grayson in this race.
48TH UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE
Dana Rohrabacher will beat Dr. Suzanne Savary in this race.
WHAT'S LEFT TO COUNT?
Estimate of Ballots Left To Count - 122,028

Vote-by-Mail Ballots Left to Count - 4,277

Vote-by-Mail Ballots Returned at the Polls Left To Count - 1,128

Provisionals Left To Count - 94,106

Election Day Paper Ballots Left to Count - 22,500

Eligible Vote-by-Mail Ballots Received After Election Day Left to Count - 262

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