Monday, December 10, 2012

Costa Mesa Seeks Commissioners(Amended)*

In a press release issued today the City of Costa Mesa is soliciting application for persons interested in filling positions on the Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission.  You can read more about those opportunities HERE. 

There has been a sporadic problem with that link.  Here's the application information:  

APPLICATION PROCESS – Individuals interested in serving on either commission are encouraged to complete an application form which may be obtained in person from the City Clerk’s Office or from the City’s website. All applicants must be a registered voter in the City. The completed form may be mailed or hand-delivered to: Costa Mesa City Clerk, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626; or faxed to (714) 754-4942. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. The City Council will make selections from applications filed in a timely manner. For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (714) 754-5327 or

After I posted this entry I was advised by the Interim City Clerk, Brenda Green, that Ethan Temianka resigned his seat on the Parks and Recreation Commission when he captured a position on the Mesa Consolidated Water District Board in the last election.  So, there are now five (5) total positions available on the two commissions - three (3) on the Parks and Recreation Commission and two (2) on the Planning Commission.  The positions of Planning Commission Chair Colin McCarthy and Vice Chair Sam Clark expire in February.  The positions of Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Kim Pedersen and the open position previously held by Jeff Mathews - who was selected to fill Jim Fitzpatrick's position on the Planning Commission earlier this year - expire in February, too. Temianka's position expires in 2015.

I only hope this doesn't turn out to be yet another exercise in futility for folks who are actually interested in these positions.  The past couple times such solicitation were held the council played hot potato with them and asked for new applications - apparently because not enough of their cronies applied.  We'll find out soon enough if that's going to be their modus operandi again.

Planning Commissioners receive $400 per month for their service.  Back a few years ago a survey was done to determine if our commissions were appropriately compensated for their service.  At that time there were two planning commission meetings each month and the survey showed that Costa Mesa's planning commissioners were the highest paid of any city in the county.  The commission meet only once per month - and still gets $400 per month.  Maybe it's time to take a look at that compensation level again, since the council still seems bound and determined to cut costs everywhere else.  Certainly none of the commissioners are in this for the money, which probably works out to about $100 per hour per month if you only count meeting time.

The Parks and Recreation Commissioners are paid $100 per meeting and they only meet every other month, so each of them costs The City a whopping $600 per year - a bargain.

Good luck to those of you who decide to toss your hats into the ring for these jobs.  They take dedication and more than a little bit of time when done properly.  Thanks, in advance, to those of you who offer to serve our city.


Anonymous Marty's Ragged Clothes said...

Why bother? The 3 stooges undoubtedly already have a list just like they had a plan for Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.

The takeover continues. Embrace it or resist.

12/10/2012 04:44:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

I suspect you are right, Geoff. The council will select the people that suit them, not necessarily the most qualified. Call me skeptical, but that seems to be the pattern. On the other hand, not that many want to work for the council either..*LOL*

12/10/2012 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous hopeful applicant said...

counting just meeting time for planning commissioners is not a good way to state their pay per hour. Many more hours go into it if they are good commissioners and visit the projects and applicants. For those who are just button pushers it is a correct way. Button pushers will not be considered though. The council union Harlan always talked about in his columns will not be open to him hopefully. Same with Fuqua on any charter committee. Words have consequences.

12/10/2012 08:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Sleeping in your golf cart said...

"The council union Harlan always talked about in his columns will not be open to him hopefully. Same with Fuqua on any charter committee. Words have consequences."

Free speech is not allowed in Napoleon Righeimer's Costa Mesa. The council union is just buying time until it and Baugh fix the problems with the dissidents at the Lincoln Club. Then the takeover will continue full force.

12/10/2012 09:52:00 PM  
Anonymous hopeful applicant said...

free speechis allowed. however if it consists of continually bashing council and accusing them of corruption and calling them stooges well, I would think you would not be on top of their list. You were free to talk but words have consequences. Maybe learn to stste just facts and argue civilly. Probably would gain you points. Calling me a troll puts you farther down the list, you are immature. Frogs really need to learn this, should have learned it as a child.

12/11/2012 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous It's collection time said...

The loud mouths who post the most misinformation in favor of the 3 M's have the inside track for commission and new job titles to be created.

Byron de "misinformation" Arakal
Kent " the manure spreader" Mora
Tim "the liar" Sessler
Devon "the brown noser" Lucas
Dennis "the poser" Popp
Howard "the quack" Hull
Tom " too old" Politt

Of course they are all pretty much brown nosers!

12/11/2012 09:02:00 AM  
Anonymous hopeful applicant said...

great list!Glad to see I am on it. hope we all fill the seats. perhaps expand the commissions to let us all serve.Much better than Fuqua, Wilcox, Alf, claresse, Tamar and brown.We will drive them crazy!Shiny objects coming from all directions. trolls in charge!!

12/11/2012 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

hopeful applicant warns that words have consequences, then turns right around and call a group he doesn't like "Frog"s!!! What a hypocrite, but that is no surprise coming from a RIGheimer puppet!! Haters, name-callers, sign-stealers, police, fire and city employee-bashers,...they can generously and often dish it out, but they can't take what they deserve! You think words have consequences, hopeful applicant, when the karma hits, you will find that because your actions speak louder than your words, there will be even bigger consequences for those. So maybe a recall is the proper consequence for all of the destructive, divisive actions that RIGhiemer has done to harm the city of Costa Mesa and its citizens.

12/11/2012 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Hopeful Applicant: sounds like the CM4RG people are getting to you. Are you afraid of those little ladies? You sure sound like it.

*high five* CM4RG

12/11/2012 08:15:00 PM  
Anonymous hopeful applicant said...

nope. we beat em

12/12/2012 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger AnotherCMResident said...

Mora, then why are we forming a charter committee? Who is it that told you who would and wouldn't be suitable for committee?

Shut your mouth when breathing, and pick your knuckles up off the pavement when you walk. You'll be taken more seriously.

12/12/2012 07:55:00 AM  

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