Friday, November 19, 2010

City Solicits Candidates for Council, Commission Slots

Late this evening the City of Costa Mesa announced the solicitation of candidates for open positions on the three main governmental bodies - City Council, Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission.

The vacancy on the council will occur on December 14th, when councilwoman Katrina Foley resigns to take the seat on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board she won in the recent election, unseating incumbent Michael Collier. Foley has played coy recently and got into a heated discussion with Mayor Allan Mansoor at his last council meeting on Tuesday when he pushed her for a firm statement of her intentions. She sparred with him, but didn't give in. It has been widely assumed that the law on this issue will force her to abandon one seat or the other, but she implied that might not be the case. We don't know if she was being stubborn just to yank Mansoor's chain one final time, or if she is still undecided about her decision. Regardless, she will still be on the council on December 7th when Jim Righeimer is seated and Wendy Leece is reaffirmed and will participate in the selection of a new mayor and mayor pro tem.

Some folks around town assume that Righeimer crony and personal pal, planning commissioner Steve Mensinger, has the inside track on this seat. Others prominently mentioned are planning commissioners Colin McCarthy and Jim Fitzpatrick. Many people in the community think Foley's vacancy should be filled by Chris McEvoy, who finished a close 3rd in the recent election. Their reasoning is that the electorate has made its views known by casting nearly 11,000 votes - more than 26% - for McEvoy and, while not a "mandate", it is a clear statement by the people of this community and should be honored.

Candidates for Foley's vacancy on the City Council should send a letter of interest, and a resume if available, by the deadline. (See Below)

There are at least 3 seats available on the Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission. Interested parties are encouraged to complete an application, and include a resume if possible, for the council's consideration. The application form can be found at the City website, HERE.

All applications and correspondence should be sent to: Costa Mesa City Council, P.O. Box 1200, Costa Mesa, California 92628-1200 or bring it to City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, City Manager's Office by 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 17, 2010. Applicants are advised that their applications must be disclosed to the public upon request. For additional information contact the City Manager's office at 714-754-5328.

A check of the Orange County Registrar of Voters site after 5:00 p.m. tonight shows there are still more than 400 votes to be counted county-wide. The numbers will be updated again at 5:00 tomorrow. Until all votes are counted and certified by the Registrar the results shown on the site are unofficial. No significant changes have occurred in local races in the past 24 hours. I'll post the final, official results when they are available.

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Anonymous Vicki said...

This is why I've been saying that the police layoffs should start at the top and work their way down. New recruits are usually the most conscientious because they haven't yet learned how to beat the system. They also come in at a lower pay grade so we get more bang for our buck!

It's been more than obvious there has been no supervision of our police force. That's why some of them were running amuck, and others were hiding out.

Just try to find a cop when you need one! With the exception of the DUI checkpoints, they've been invisible.

11/20/2010 08:51:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Vicki, I assume you were not paying attention and actually intended to post this comment on my previous entry. You're wrong so many times that it doesn't surprise me.

The "leaves" for Shawkey and Smith apparently surprised everyone at City Hall except Allan Roeder. It's unlikely that we'll ever know the reasons for these actions - they are personnel matters and, as such, are protected by privacy provisions of our code and state law.

Clearly, there have been problems at the top in the CMPD, but I completely disagree with your premise that we get "more bang for our buck" by hiring more new officers. Police work is one profession where experience REALLY does count - the more the better. It's not like the job I had putting sticks in popsicles, where once you learned the cycle doing it over and over and over again didn't really improve your performance.

I really don't like your attitude about the CMPD. You've been spending much too much time over at the CM Press, lapping up his drivel and smooching his posterior. Sad for you.

11/20/2010 09:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Vicki said...

Geoff, PLEASE get over yourself.

One must assume Shawkey was not doing his job or he wouldn't have been put on leave. How hard is that to figure out?

I come from a family of cops so I can only speak from the war stories I've heard. Being a cop
really IS much like the job you had putting sticks into popsicles. Once you've learned the basics, there's not that much left to learn. The most important thing is learning to duck, and when NOT to shoot.

Snuggling up to the police force (as you like to do), is not the same as calling a cop when you need one. The rookies do the best job because they are not as adept at finessing their way out of writing up a report.

Live and learn Geoff!

11/20/2010 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Vicki, you are one strange person. We all can speculate about why Shawkey was placed on leave and lack of performance is the first think that comes to mind. We'll probably never know.

Your comment comparing the job of being a cop as being much like the one I had putting sticks in popsicles demonstrates that you are, without a doubt, perhaps the biggest simpleton ever to post a comment here. I doubt very much that you come from a family of cops - if you did you would never make such a comparison. Your lunacy insults the intelligence of other readers here and certainly insults those officers who take the time to visit and post comments.

Your comments are no longer welcome on this site. They will be deleted without being read in the future. Enjoy yourself over at the CM Press - you two deserve each other.

11/20/2010 03:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Kent Morrow said...

Please let us know immediately when Chris submits his application to be on the council. Also, of course we can all speculate about Shawkey but after this, I could never vote for him again.

11/20/2010 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous folkinhippy said...

allowing vicki is beneficial. almost compulsory even. over at the cm press she posted that we should just pave over and develop the back bay. that kind of thing should not be censored, but should be shown for the silliness that it is. but, hey, it's your blog.

as far as this cop thing goes... who knows. we honestly dont know if it was the city manager who actually pulled the trigger (so to speak). an outgoing manager without any political liability is a good candidate to do the dirty work of a council pissed about police contributions in the last election. or, they may have been as disconnected from the day to day work of cmpd as the register would have us believe. in which case, why are we not also calling to task the council that appointed them for such ignorance?

one thing i do agree with vicki on is that any cuts that are made in earnest should start at the top. so, in the future, any city attorney, manager, or council member that enters into negotiations with unions or discusses cuts in pay with city employees should come to the table with concessions of their own.

11/20/2010 08:24:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Kent Morrow, I'm confused. For whom will you not vote again? Shawkey? McEvoy? If the former, you didn't vote for him in the first place. If Chris, why?

folkinhippy, Vicki's not worth the hassle. You won't see her byline here again. I do appreciate your thoughts, though.

11/20/2010 09:39:00 PM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Oh Vicki… she will be missed.

I was going to challenge her to go to Paul Michelle’s School of Beauty and get one of the new students to cut, tint and perm her hair; I bet she looks for the most experienced stylist in the shop. I know how about the first year med student for her breast augmentation; a Chiropractor for her scoliosis surgery.

Yes Vicki… you will be missed.

11/20/2010 11:34:00 PM  

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