Thursday, December 01, 2011

Voice of OC - New Assistant CEO Named For Costa Mesa

In an entry today, HERE, Voice of OC Managing Editor Norberto Santana, Jr., announced that Supervisor John Moorlach's chief of staff, Rick Francis, has been selected as the new Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the City of Costa Mesa.

This is an interesting turn of events since this move can only be viewed as a step backward in Francis' career path. Santana's report gives you his history, which is pretty darn impressive. However, if you stand on your tippy-toes and look a year into the future this move makes some sense.

You will recall that, a month ago, I speculated, HERE, that Moorlach might be a candidate for City Council in Costa Mesa. He's a resident of the city and is termed-out of his supervisorial job. He could run for Assembly in an already-crowded field that includes incumbent Allan Mansoor and Newport Beach councilwoman Leslie Daigle. His near-term future might, in fact, be in Costa Mesa.


Continuing the speculation, if Jim Righeimer and his cronies decid
e to push this Charter city initiative and are successful, it's very likely that it would appear on the June ballot with some VERY significant changes in our municipal government. For example, no term limits for council members and - get ready for this - a directly-elected mayor, also without term limits. That means that Moorlach might actually run for that slot and be on track to becoming king for life in our city. And wouldn't such a king need a strong, reliable right hand-man? You betcha! Hence, Rick Francis.

I don't know Ric
k Francis - wouldn't know him if I tripped over him. His reputation is solid according to all available reports. Santana tells us he's a pastor - was "Moorlach's personal pastor", is the way he put it. Nothing wrong with that - the way this city is going, a whole lot of divine intervention is going to be required in the years ahead.

According to Interim Communication Director Bill Lobdell this morning, Francis i
s still undergoing the background checking process. He did tell me that an announcement from the city is forthcoming a little later today. He didn't indicate what Francis will be paid, but it's likely going to be in the $180,000 range, plus benefits.

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Anonymous Not Surprised said...

I guess Peter Naghavi didn't cut it on the 5th floor. Too bad for him.

12/01/2011 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

Rick Francis is coming to help Tom Hatch //"... train him in your job and he will be taking your place."

Moorlachies for Costa Mesa.

Is that sweat I see on Tom's brow?

12/01/2011 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger feral390 said...

Bell, Vernon and Compton aint got nothing on us. We are now THE most blatantly corrupt city in the entire state. Thanks Righeimer

12/01/2011 12:33:00 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

Interesting Longhair, do you think that Tom isn't playing ball enough and the the city council and they are looking to replace ? Lots of power in just the hands of a few.

12/01/2011 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

Congrats to Rick! Costa Mesa is going to be a better place! Rick is wise and has many gifts such as discernment and he is just. He is well respected and received.
I just hope that people will not only hear him, but listen. Especially those on the dais. This should bring some sort of balance to the city. A fresh start.

12/01/2011 01:24:00 PM  
Anonymous redorech said...

Was this job "posted"? Did anyone else have a chance at it, or where the skids greased for an insider?

12/01/2011 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Really? said...

That's what they used to say about Tom Hatch till he got his wings clipped!

12/01/2011 03:09:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

redorech, yes, it was posted.. I saw the entry. Francis can hardly be considered an "insider", although we don't know enough about his background yet to know if his credentials fit the prescribed specification for the job.

12/01/2011 03:27:00 PM  
Anonymous HEAR me out said...

Not a surprise at all. Moorlach emails the dais, telling them this is the guy for the job. The dais emails Tommy to hire him pronto. Fitzy is angry because he was left out, again.

Tommy, I hear the Anaheim is looking for a new City Manager. Why so serious?


"I just hope that people will not only hear him, but listen."

Did you get that line from the movie "White man can't jump"? Yes you did. But, I think it is the other way around. If you are going to cop that line, get it right Rich. Hit replay:

12/01/2011 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Congrats!! said...

Congrats and welcome to our City, changing rapidly for the better. Be propared for the haters from the union side who have about seven spokesmen for every item on the agenda. You are in for a long night each meeting. This council will NOT be worn down, they are gaining strength, have 2012 already figured out, working on 2014, and distracting the haters with shiny objects such as dog poop bags. Now haters are focusing on Banning ranch while that has already been configured, wondering about charter cities while that is already as good as done, now wondering if Moorlach is mayor for life but won't get around to that for a couple years. Meanwhile improvers will have it laid out until 2020. Future councilmembers will be appointed to Commissions in 2014 and 2016 for 2018 and 2020 and haters will be scratching their heads saying things moved "too fast". I guess they seem to be fast if you are continually looking back wondering what happened, how did they fool the voters and get elected? SG still at the malt shop , not the only one asked to the dance 50 years ago and the question of why still being pondered. Lead, follow, or get out of the way, welcome. They can talk on every item for two hours but cannot stop the train.

12/01/2011 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

Hear me out... You so funny... NOT!You dont know me nor do you know Mr. Francis. TROLL! Pretty sad you quote that intellectual movie, speaks volumes.
"Roger, Roger"

12/01/2011 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Yay Congrats..=) said...


Well if that comment doesn't scream arrogance I don't know what does.

Oh and what is "propared?"

12/01/2011 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous congrats said...

Propared , while looking like a typo for the word prepared, is actually much more. Consider it like the shiny object I mentioned. It keeps the haters focused and commenting on a typo while the train runs down the tracks adn leaves them behind. (focus on the "typo" after the word tracks in last sentence, you'll get it).

12/01/2011 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them....

Congrats!!! do realize that Middle Earth will rise up and defeat you .....

The only thing your post was lacking was a maniacal laugh at the end......

12/01/2011 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Daisy Mae said...

I doubt Moorlach would want to Mayor as it would be a big pay cut for him unless if the charter city thing passes and the Mayor salary gets a big increase. I always thought it was ironic that Moorlach is for pension reform when he himself gets a hefty pension, but that is another story. Mr. Francis sounds like a good fit for Costa Mesa. From Moorlach's website he seems to be in charge of many functions. He certainly has more experience then Naghavi and maybe even Hatch. It will be interesting to see how he works with the unfab four on the dais.

12/01/2011 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Yeah, that pesky car allowance, Hatch had it in his Managers office budget but then proceeded to deny that they would ever use it when the video aired, but then a couple short months later they did this......

From the may 18th bubbling cauldron...
Consultant Tammy Letourneau gets car allowance.
" Speakers wondered why this was necessary and, in particular, if we're paying someone $145,000 for the rest of this calendar year, why are we also paying her a car allowance amounting to $500 per month? It was a great question that was NOT answered. "

So it turns out that at the time Repair declared this Hatch was able to deny it, but in actuality, it is now FACT. They didn't use the car allowance for the then un-filled asst. mgrs. position, instead they padded the overpriced consultant with it, because at $300 an hour , God knows you need an extra $500 bucks a month to drive from her house in Irvine.

12/01/2011 05:56:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

To: All Trolls
From: Your Charter Riggmarshal
Re: This Week's Marching Orders

1. Paint good citizens as haters and unionists;

2. Remember to tell everyone: West, Ridge, Genis, speakers at council (except supplicants like Colon and Fitzy) are stupid, angry, and distracted;

3. Push CHARTER, only way we can get around Judge Tam Namoto;

4. Eat more, exercise less so you look more like me;

5. Throw away phony Carona sheriff badge, start wearing "Improver" badge I ordered for you with my photo on it;

6. Write an article for Daily Pilot repeating my ideas, send to Lobdell's friend there so they can keep your photo up forever;

7. Take heart: We are on a train and I am your engineer. That light you see ahead is NOT another train..

12/01/2011 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous HEAR me out said...

Rich: TROLL!

Pretty sad you resorted to name calling.

Good night.

12/01/2011 07:00:00 PM  
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