Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Byron de Arakal Applies For Planning Commission

There is good news for the residents of Costa Mesa this morning. Former Parks & Recreation Commissioner Byron de Arakal has filed an application for a position on the Planning Commission. His tenure on the Parks & Recreation Commission included a year as its Chairman.

Byron is a 4th generation Californian and an 18 year Costa Mesa resident and the father of four children who have gone through the Newport-Mesa schools. The eldest three all have graduated and his youngest, Melanie, currently attends Corona del Mar High School.

Byron is a no-nonsense guy, known for his sharp mind and quick wit. He's not a developer, but understands that side of the table. As a public relations consultant he specializes in land use issues and entitlements and deals with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issues frequently.

Some will recall that he has been a columnist for the Daily Pilot a couple different times and his strong communication skills would make an excellent addition to the Planning Commission - particularly since the configuration of that body is in such a state of flux. There could be as many as three vacancies before it's meeting in January.

As I said in the beginning, this is good new for our city at a time when we sorely need some. Byron will be among those considered for at least one Planning Commission vacancy at the first City Council meeting in 2011.

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Blogger Gericault said...

Good for you Byron!

Step up to the plate........

11/23/2010 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Happy turkey day Geoff...

I guess I will submit my resume for planning commission, I have sent it to every "Jobs" website for the past year looking for steady work in construction; non-existent construction industry.

I have over 20 years in construction and 50+ years of being opinionated; I have never filed bankruptcy; I pay my debts; I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart and the mother of my 3 adult children 36 years (it’s been easy for me, but my wife may have issues with “happily”); and boy could I use a job.

Hey Geoff, think I got a shot?

11/23/2010 03:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Schools First said...

Pot Stirrer, what part of Costa Mesa does Byron live in? If the Estancia zone, why doesn't his child attend Estancia. If the Mesa zone, why doesn't she attend CMHS. Why would Council support someone who doesn't even send their kids to Costa Mesa schools. Without more explanation, sounds like Byron is a pass.

11/24/2010 11:49:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Schools First, I don't have an answer for you. His other three children all graduated from CM schools. You'll have to ask him.

Personally, I don't have a problem with kids transferring from one school to another within the district.

11/24/2010 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Schools First said...

Pot Stiffer, it makes a big difference to me and many others. Why does it matter if they keep their kids in the District and not to the school in their area. No different than sending your kid to private school. Maybe Byron can explain why he sends his kid from Costa Mesa to Newport Beach (Corona Del Mar) to school. What is so wrong with Estancia High? (his high school for his area) Maybe they don't have a surf team, like bozo the DUI clown. Sounds like a Byron is not a good choice for this important position. Next.

11/24/2010 01:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Byron de Arakal said...

Schools First...

Three of my four children attended Costa Mesa schools. We transferred our youngest daughter to CDM HS going into the 7th Grade based on testing she took indicating she should take Algebra I in 7th Grade. Unfortunately at the time, TeWinkle Middle School was not going to offer an Algebra I class to 7th graders, so we moved her. Hope that helps.

11/24/2010 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Folkinhippy said...

Pot stirrer,
Did you know that Jim righiemer lived in fountain valley up until about 30 minutes before he was appointed to planning commissioner?

Did you also know that certain people use convenient double standards to dismiss candidates for positions that they don't agree with?

11/24/2010 04:18:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Schools First - Satisfied? I am. Next question?

11/24/2010 07:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Kent Morrow said...

Too bad they don't have Algebra I at TeWinkle. Maybe Katrina can do something about that.

11/27/2010 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

They have Algebra 1 now @ TeWinkle. Bauermeister made quite a few academic changes before he moved onto Estancia this year.

11/27/2010 07:37:00 PM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Hey Geoff,

School First sounds and writes a lot like Vicki... Gota love anonymous.

11/28/2010 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Ted said...

Geoff maybe you can OClonghair a job at the bubbling cauldron. I bet you could find something for an out of work construction worker who likes to complain. Beats having the rest of us pay for him while he mooches off the system.

11/29/2010 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Go Trojans said...


What goes around, comes around.

11/29/2010 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous OCbuzzcut said...

OClonghair how about going out and looking for a job instead of trolling the internet, thats what a reasonable person with a family would do. I would have wrote "supporting a family" but I have a feeling your wife has that covered.

11/29/2010 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

OOOOOW, ouch, Ted; sharp words from someone who doesn't know me.

I suspect that you are one of the myopic bloggers that when they write, it’s always factual, accurate and germane; anyone with a dissenting point of view is just “complaining”.

If you have paid any attention to of my posts, you might (as many others have) see that I comment on issues with irony.

I am not on any government programs as you suggest. I pay my taxes as all good citizens should. I own two businesses and am on the board of a charity.

I am sorry you didn’t see the humor in my applying for the Planning Commission opening and my tongue-in-cheek diss on your boyfriend Reeemer.

I will attempt to stifle my 167 IQ to make it easier for you to follow along.

TROJANS: I bet that's what Notre Dame is thinking today.

11/29/2010 12:28:00 PM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Buzzcut... cute... didn't think I'd get it?

You must be living with Ted or at best went to the same schools.
Thank you for being so concerned about my wife; I’ll past along your regards.

I noticed the time of your post, are you at work and posting on your employers time? Are you at home and surfing the web? I get alerts on my cell phone and do my posting on the run (not while driving) taking care of my family.

Again, thank for your heart felt concerns.

11/29/2010 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Ted said...

OClonghair, lets be honest. You have no need to fabricate accomplishments. There is nothing wrong with being out of work. Sorry if I razzed you.

Owning two businesses doesn't mean success. I find that people who claim such tend to have no material accomplishments to show for themselves. On a charity board sounds like a euphemism for pan handling. Best of luck supporting your family.

11/29/2010 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Dude, Ted, I aint fabricing nuthing.
I aint got no need to tell storys bout me or my fambly.

How do one measure suckses? Got me a mule and 10 acres.

I aint taked no money from the non profit, that's illeagle. Only emmpoid can dooz that.

Plain enough?

11/29/2010 09:20:00 PM  

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