Only 152 Ballots Remain To Be Counted!
MONDAY SHOULD BRING FINALITY TO THIS ELECTION SEASON
While you all enjoyed this glorious Southern California weather today, Orange County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley and his merry band of minions were busily counting the votes that remained in the November 8th election. As of 5:00 p.m. this evening there remain only 152 ballots left to count. The next report will be Monday, December 5th after 5:00 p.m.
COSTA MESA CITY COUNCIL
There WILL be a change on the Costa Mesa City Council. Sandy Genis continues to lead in this race, holding an edge over John Stephens of 224 votes. Allan Mansoor, trailing Stephens by 2,681 votes, has secured the third seat in this race, and holds a 527 vote margin over Mayor Steve Mensinger. Jay Humphrey is 191 votes behind Mensinger and Lee Ramos and Al Melone trail the field.
COSTA MESA SANITARY DISTRICT
Incumbents Jim Ferryman and Art Perry both hold commanding leads in this race for two seats. Both were sworn-in earlier this week despite the fact that this race has not yet been certified by the Registrar of Voters. Gary Monahan is 4,736 votes behind Perry. Jim Fitzpatrick and Christopher Luntsford trail the field.
MESA WATER DISTRICT
Incumbent Jim Fisler has defeated challenger Alex Reich.
Nothing has changed in these two races. Measure Y, the citizen-generated Smart Growth Initiative, is passing by a 2-1 margin. Measure Z, the City-generated measure designed to confuse the voters, is also passing, but by a much smaller margin.
FAIRVIEW PARK MEASURES
Measure AA, the citizen-generated initiative designed to protect Fairview Park from development, is passing by a huge margin - much more than 2-1. Measure BB, the City-generated measure placed on the ballot to confuse the voters, is failing badly.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEASURES
Both citizen-generated medical marijuana sales initiatives, Measures V and W, are failing badly at the polls. Measure X, the City-generated measure with NO retail sales element, ia passing.
This measure, hijacked by Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer in direct opposition to what the residents preferred, creates 6 voter districts and ADDS a directly-elected mayor. This measure may not meet the requirements of the settlement agreement since it dilutes the Latino vote. We'll see.
HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF CMSD BY MESA WATER
This meaningless advisory measure placed on the ballot by the Mesa Water District Board to try to fool the voters into thinking the combination of Mesa Water and the Costa Mesa Sanitary District is good business - it's not.
COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
All incumbents have won their seats back by large margins.
NEWPORT MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
All incumbents in these races have secured their seats again.
74TH STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT
Matt Harper has soundly defeated Karina Onofre.
37TH STATE SENATE DISTRICT
John Moorlach has defeated Ari Grayson.
48TH UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE
Dana Rohrabacher has crushed Dr. Suzanne Savary.
WHAT'S LEFT TO COUNT?
Esitmate of Ballots Left to Count - 152
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Left to Count - 28
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Returned at the Polls Left to Count - 43
Provisionals Left to Count - 81
Election Day Paper Ballots Left to Count - 0
Eligible Vote-by-Mail Ballots Received After Election Day Left to Count - 0
YES, THE FAT CHICK IS GARGLING NOW...
So, it looks like one more day of counting to go. With only 152 ballots remaining, it's very likely that Kelley's warriors will complete their task on Monday. I have no idea whether the votes will be certified shortly thereafter or not. It's clear that the above numbers represent a done deal in all races. Mayor Steve Mensinger is OUT. Righeimer succeeded in fooling the voters with Measure EE. The Mesa Water Board will whoop and holler about their "mandate" from the voters to take over the CMSD, when it's not true. The voters knew that was an advisory measure, with nothing really on the line. So, we will be tapping our toes until 5:00 p.m. Monday - the next time a report is scheduled to be made.
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