Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sanitary District To Discuss "Incompatibility Of Office"

In an earlier post I mentioned that this was a slow week for City business, but it's not completely devoid of activity.


For example, on Wednesday, November 30th, the Costa
Mesa Sanitary District - those wonderful folks who pick up our trash and make sure our sewers work - will hold their regular meeting at District Headquarters at 628 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Most of the agenda seems to be pretty routine, with reports from various committees - Recycling, Sewer, etc. However, buried way, way, way down at the end of the agenda report, Item XVII, A. appears. The title of this item is, "Incompatibility of Office between Costa Mesa Sanitary District and Mesa Consolidated Water District", and is on the agenda for "discussion".

Now, based on the title of the item alone, there would seem to be a need to discuss this issue if, for example, a Director of the Sanitary District planned to run for a similar seat on the Mesa Consolidated Water District Board. I don't know what brings this issue up, since there is no staff report available to review.

However, one wonders if this discussion might take a broader approach - to deal with the question of Sanitary District Board members also serving on other elected or appointed government bodies. You will recall that current Costa Mesa Mayor Gary Monahan, during served on both the City Council AND the Sanitary District Board recently. And, of course, Planning Commissioner Jim Fitzpatrick currently serves on the Sanitary District board while a planning commissioner. I wonder if the District Board will address this apparent "incompatibility"? And, if so, what the outcome of that discussion might be?


I don't have any plans to attend the meeting Wednesday. It's a cozy room, with a conference table way, way too large for the venue and seating for only a few guests - maybe a half-dozen, at most.

I will, however, do my best to provide a summary of how this issue plays out. It seems to me that Jimmy Fitzy might just find himself in a very uncomfortable situation because I recall that, if it is determined that he cannot hold both seats simultaneously, he would be required to give up the Sanitary District seat because he accepted the Planning Commission position AFTER he was seated on the Sanitary District Board. I guess we'll see...

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Anonymous Tamar said...

Nor sleep nor slumber, Geoff. Two late-night posts on a slow news week! While I don't equate you with the original Guardian, you do perform such a valuable service here in Costa Mesa, a town largely neglected by the hotshot reporters of the local papers.

I guess this response belongs in the Thanksgiving thread, but it was this, your most recent post that spurred me to add my thanks.

11/29/2011 03:35:00 AM  
Blogger Angry White Man said...

Would it be a conflict if a Planning Commissioner and San District Board member voted to revoke the business permit for a recyling center that competed with the San District for recycleables and the money that goes with it ?

Just asking...

11/29/2011 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous World's Most Interesting Man said...


Stay angry my friend.

11/29/2011 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous sadie1 said...

a san board member can't vote to revoke a business permit?

11/29/2011 08:23:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Tamar, tardy thanks to you. Seems I'm not the only one keeping late (early) hours.

11/30/2011 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Sherlock said...

the agenda item seems to be about serving on Water and Sanitation, not Fitzy. Why would they spend taxpayer dollars on this item in the first place? If someone wants to be on both let him/her research it on their own dime, not ours. Didn't Art Perry, a sitting San Director, run for Water last election? Maybe he already knows the answer to this and could step up and give the answer to whoever is asking the question. Or maybe it is Perry himself asking this. If he runs for both seats next November he will not get my vote for either one. Or maybe this IS a backdoor attempt to remove Fitzy so they can appoint Arlene Schaefer to his spot, sort of how Leece tried to appoint her to Vector control to keep her other seats valid. Very interesting. I think the law says Arlene needs to bring this lawsuit herself but it sure doesn't hurt to use a district lawyer at taxpayer expense to lay the groundwork for her. This is starting to smell worse than the School Board. Why isn't there more info on this on the San website, something like a staff report or something? We need to get Genis over there pronto, except of course she may the one stirring the pot on this.

11/30/2011 06:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Not My Friend said...

Isn’t Reggie Mendekis one of the out of town loons that has come to Costa Mesa City Council to give comments, in support of the lunatic fringe element, and isn’t see the one who always posts on Repair Costa Mesa?

Careful who your friends are Geoff West. Here is a link for why http://voiceofoc.org/politics/article_ce8c49c6-1a97-11e1-8bdf-001cc4c002e0.html#.TtZVAX36OPA.facebook

11/30/2011 08:37:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Yes, Reggi Mundakis is an occasional speaker before the Costa Mesa City Council. Yes, I read the article, but you apparently didn't. She, as Treasurer, was trying to get the Democrat Party leadership to wake up about the finances. They apparently tried to cut her out of the loop, yet somehow hold her responsible.

Thanks for your concerns about my "friends".

11/30/2011 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous How's it different? said...

Bottom line in Reggi came within one vote of getting ousted.

Imagine if this were in the OCGOP. I bet you would be singing a different tune.

Wake up to the finances is a noble endeavor. Obviously there are people who were against.

Isn't this a good example of what Council OS doing?

11/30/2011 12:29:00 PM  

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