Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Charter Idea Not New To Costa Mesa

This afternoon Joe Serna, writing in the Daily Pilot, has an excellent piece describing Costa Mesa's first pass at considering shifting from a General Law city to a Charter city - way, way, way back in 1971. You can read Serna's article HERE.

In his piece Serna q
uotes some of the very senior citizens who were involved in this process, including former City Manager Fred Sorsabal - the man who hired and trained recently-retired City Manager, Allan Roeder - and long-time Costa Mesa resident and educator, Hank Panian.

The Pilot is also running a letter Panian wrote to them back in January about this first effort, HERE. In case you're wondering why we should care about what Hank Panian thinks on this issue, you can read more about him HERE, in a piece published by Orange Coast College a few years ago, and HERE, in a piece Daily Pilot columnist Jim Carnett wrote about him a little over a year ago. He's a man who has spent virtually all his adult life as an educator and community activist in Costa Mesa trying to make this town a better place to live.

What I take away from this article and Panian's letter is that this process should not be
done in haste. It requires more careful deliberation than it's being given right now. The ONLY reason to rush this process is because it suits Jim Righeimer's agenda - fewer voters vote in the Primary Elections and, since only the Republican Presidential ticket will be contested in June, he has a much better chance of a voter pool that leans toward his way of thinking.

The views of these highly respected men should carry some weight with the voters of this community. Jim Righeimer's hasty, politically-opportunistic Charter should be rejected in June.

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Anonymous Weatherman said...

There are still plenty of good leaders in Costa Mesa. The storm will pass.

2/29/2012 02:29:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

I appreciate your view. I hope you're correct, and that they step up and present alternatives so this city can be saved.

2/29/2012 05:27:00 PM  
Anonymous jim fisler said...

Hank Panian is truly a treasure our City is blessed to have. As a current Director at Mesa Water I have come to admire his vision and all he did at Mesa Water to make it one of the top Water Districts in the country. Our Boardroom is named after him. Last month, Mesa Water hosted the first class in our Water Issues Study Group (our 26th class), and, as usual, our first speaker was Hank who led the class through a history of water, delivery of water,and water issues and challenges. Eveyone in attendence listened diligently as Hank shared his immense knowledge. Even though this is the third year I have seen his presentation and have quite a bit of knowledge about water my mind did not wander for a second as this great teacher made his presentation and answered questions. How great it must have been to be a student of his at college! Thanks Hank for getting our study group off to another great start, can't wait until next year !

2/29/2012 06:16:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...


Thanks for this much-deserved tribute to Hank. Keep the water flowing...

2/29/2012 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Judy Lindsay said...

Hank Panian was my teacher for several classes at OCC, and as the staff person in charge of faculty Personnel and Payroll for many yeaeres, know Hank well. I presently serve on ther Costa Mesa Senior Center Executive Board with Hank. He is a gem, has a weath of background of our city, it is an honor to know him and serve with him.

2/29/2012 08:01:00 PM  

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