Friday, October 03, 2008

More Candidate Forums Coming Up

Another weekend, another opportunity for you to get to know your City Council candidates as they come trekking through your neighborhoods, knocking on doors, handing out fliers and trying to convince you just why they are the best choice this year. Take some time to listen to them... your choice is just that - your choice.

On that note, the following is the schedule of future candidate forums to which each of the nine candidates for Costa Mesa City Council have been invited. There may be other opportunities for you to meet some of them at individual events, but I'm not publicizing those. Next week will be a busy one, with the City Council meeting on Tuesday, then two separate events later in the week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008, the Mesa North Homeowners Association will hold a "meet and greet" with the candidates following their annual meeting from 6:30-8:30 PM. No formal forum is planned. This event will be held at Paularino School, 1060 Paularino Avenue.

Thursday, October 9, 2008 the fledgling Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors group will host a candidate forum in the Adams Room of the Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Avenue (at Lions Park) from 6-9 PM. Meet and greet the candidates between 6-7, followed by the forum from 7-9. This event will be covered by CMTV, which will tape it for replay later. A schedule of that replay will be available on the city web site shortly after the event.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, from 6-9 PM. This event will be televised live and replayed on tape through the election on November 4th.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 the Mesa Del Mar Homeowners Association and the Halecrest/Hall of Fame Community Association will jointly host a candidate forum at the Halecrest Community Center, 3107 Killybrooke Lane, from 6:30-9 PM. As far as we know at this point, this will be the final opportunity to see all the candidates in one venue and hear their views before the election.

Presently CMTV is televising the first candidate forum for interested viewers. The forums from the 9th and 15th will also be televised until the election on November 4th. It is my understanding that all three of the televised forums will run during the last week before the forum, to provide Costa Mesa voters a chance to assess each of the candidates before voting.

As they say on the reality television show, Survivor - "Nine candidates! Three seats! 30 days! Who will end up with a seat on November 5th?!" Stay tuned!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good to see the HOAs step up and host some of these events. Remember Lisa Reedy is the president of one of the HOAs. HOAs could serve as a training ground similar to the way the city committees and commissions produce candidates presently. Two up and comers are Colin McCarthy of the Mesa North HOA and Mike Brumbaugh of the Halecrest HOA. Brrumbaugh is also on the Parks Commission.

10/04/2008 08:19:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Kent, I agree. The HOAs are a great place for folks with a volunteer spirit to cut their teeth on municipal issues. Similarly, school groups also provide the right kind of experience - PTAs, etc. We'll look for you at one or more of these meetings in the next couple weeks.

10/04/2008 10:23:00 AM  

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